While we enjoy exploring ghost towns and learning about their history, the sad fact is that there are several ghost towns in- the- making
that we're not even aware of. Thanks to the proliferation of Wal-Mart supercenters, Interstate highways and industries re-locating to
foreign countries, many towns are in fact fading away, boarding up their buildings and houses one by one.

Small towns are quaint but they don't provide the opportunity that the younger generation needs. In order to make a living, many young
people have to leave for the city. The little towns that dot the Red River Valley then lose a vital part of their population. As cities grow
bigger and companies consolidate in suburbs, towns like Ladonia, Achille, and Caddo can have a hard time holding on.  Ladonia (located
on the Fannin/Delta county line), for example, was once a much bigger town than it is now. After many family farms failed, the town has
shrunk considerably, although the magnificent turn-of-the-century houses still remain. However, Ladonia has a strong and healthy school,
and this proves to be the salvation for most of these small towns. Having a school keeps the character of the town alive - after all, we live
in Football country, where the focus of town life in the fall is on the home team. Further, city people are now discovering the relatively
inexpensive and peaceful surroundings of the old towns. But many of these newcomers either are empty-nesters or weekend only folks,
so their beneficial impact is negligible.

Make sure to enjoy - and record! - the histories of your small town. While they slowly fade away on our maps, the memories can last forever.
Downtown Ladonia, Texas.
Achille (Bryan County, Oklahoma) is not a ghost town, but sure does look like one.
Questions or comments? E-mail me: robin@redriverhistorian.com
Poolville, Texas.
Omaha, Texas.
Megargel, Texas.
Cloutierville, Louisiana
Antoine, Arkansas
Winthrop, Arkansas
Hosston, Louisiana