Nail on the Head

A few weeks ago we took a little road trip near the Texas, Oklahoma border. Carpenters Bluff, Texas is not really there anymore. Very few houses are left. Most all the buildings are demolished, but the bridge still crosses the Red River.

I was there several years ago on my motorcycle and it could still be driven. Today it is closed except pedestrian traffic and graffiti. On the Wooden side, moss has all but taken over several yards of the bridge.

We had a nice time but the wind was blowing so much, we didn’t stay long.

I can’t wait to see what the next adventure might be!

Photographed: Carpenters Bluff, Texas 2020.05.23

Another Demolition

Well, another landmark(kinda) bites the dust.

One of my favorite Mexican Food places is being demolished. The formerly known as Mex-I-Go/Don Pepe’s Rancho Mexican Cafe is being torn down to make way for a Chick-fil-a.

It’s sad to see it go, but they are moving a little further down the street and plans to open at the end of January.

Photographed 2020-01-18 Richardson, TX

It will be another mile for us to drive. Hmmm, another mile. It is good food though!!

End of an Era – 9

Well, I couldn’t resist.

Last Saturday I went by the remains of Collin Creek Mall again. There is still a lot of demo to be done. I went early to catch the sunrise.

The Sears store is mostly gone. There are a few more piles of rubble here and there with several rows of concrete waiting to be recycled.

One of the upper floors has a bunch of tires laying there. Wonder if they were leftover from Sears?

All Photographed: Plano, TX 2019.11.16

Maybe I “WILL” take a few more shots of the demo. It helps me see the photo instead of a snapshot.

End of an Era – 8

I’m thinking this may be my last post of the mall for a while. I try to stop by at least once a week to see the progress. I was hoping I could have seen them tearing down the Sears sign, but too late, its already in the piles of tin steel and concrete.

Here is a panoramic shot from the raised parking lot to the east. I’m just a little too far away.

Photographed: Plano, TX 2019-11-08

End of an Era – 7

SEArS. The letters on the Sears end of the mall have been hanging for a while before the mall actually closed. I stopped by when you could still go inside the mall and could not resist to shoot the sign.

Photographed: Plano, TX 2019-07-26

It wont be dangling much longer as the demo crew has started on that section of the mall.

Photographed: Plano, TX 2019-11-02

Its kind of funny the barricade is still there. We sure don’t want that letter to fall on anyone!

End of an Era – 6

Over the weekend I went to the demolition of Collin Creek mall early to see what progress had been made since last week. With just a few more grabs of the claw Macy’s will be gone.

The last iconic arch wall is now see through to the builders supply all the way across highway 75 to the east.

The bigger claw to the left is pulling the building apart while this one sorts the rubble.

As I came back from an errand, I drove back by on Sunday and most of this is gone too. One of the few times I left the house without my camera.

Photographed Plano, Texas 2019.10.26

End of an Era – 5

Collin Creek mall is well underway of being demolished to make room for the new facility.

It’s interesting, for me anyway, to watch the heavy machinery knock this building down. With the precision of a very large human hand, the operators can separate the tin from the re-bar and concrete and place in individual piles.

I will be back next weekend to see how much more is knocked down. At some point I may post a photo time-laps.

Photographed: Plano, Texas 2019.10.11