TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Ghosts of bygone eras linger all over East Texas in the form of abandoned homes and buildings.
Fans of these old structures post their pictures and tidbits of history in a Facebook group called Abandoned East Texas. The group has about 13,000 members.
"This is a group for people to post pictures, stories, and locations of abandoned places in East Texas," the Facebook group's description states. "There are many old buildings, homes, and even entire communities that have been swallowed up by the Pineywoods. This group is for sharing the stories of these forgotten places."
Group members are urged to share as much information as they have and invite others who want to "document and preserve the history of these places."
Bobbie Miller, the administrator for the Abandoned East Texas Facebook group said in a post that members are urged to provide only a general location of the abandoned buildings to minimize "trespassing, vandalism, squatting, etc."
Miller's post requested that group members limit their posts to pictures of homes and buildings in Upper East Texas, Deep East Texas, Southeast Texas, Chambers County, and Liberty County.
"While there are many beautiful places and scenic views in East Texas, this group is for ABANDONED places only," Miller's post stated.
In addition, group members are urged to post only original photos that they took themselves.