Vanishing Adobes

Across Presidio County

The “vanishing adobes” encompass some of the last remaining adobe buildings along the ancient Chihuahua Trail from Ciudad Chihuahua through West Texas. Early Anglo settlers constructed these buildings for settlement and trade using traditional building forms and materials.

These sites include important archeological opportunities such as Alamo Ranch, one of the most complete ranching complexes in the Trans-Pecos region. The structures are threatened by neglect, erosion, and development.

For more information, see Adobe in Texas by Ralph Newlan (2008), produced for the Texas Department of Transportation.