Gas Station, Medicine Mound, Texas
You almost have to be going to Medicine
Mound to wind
can be easily reached from the north or east, but, because of rough
breaks and the Pease River to the south and west, it is really not on a
through route to anywhere. Medicine Mound is above the
breaks on a
relatively flat plain. Just to the west, looking eerily out of
place, are four dolomite hills called "Medicine Mounds".
Comanche and Kiowa indians that camped in the area believed the hills
had healing properties.
began to move into this area in the1870s and, at its peak, Medicine
Mound had about 22 businesses. In 1927, brothers-in-law Lon Cabb
and Ira Hicks opened a general merchandise store. That store
along with the rest of the town was destroyed by fire in 1933.
This station and the store were rebuilt from
cobblestones hauled from the Witcha Mountains in Oklahoma.
However, the town never really recoved from the fire and the depression
and only these two buildings remain.
I love places like Medicine Mound because I hate
crowds -- especially
when I'm trying to do photography. I set up my heavy tripod in
the middle of the street knowing that there probably wouldn't be any
traffic and, if someone did come along they would most likely pull
around me and wave like they do when you meet them highway.
There's not a lot of road rage in Medicine Mound.
All Text and Images © Joe Miller, 2007