Photos: Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas

US and Texas flags in Childress, Texas
US and Texas flags in Childress, Texas

A few months ago when I was driving up to Amarillo from Dallas, I passed through an old small Texas town called Childress. I thought it was so interesting how it looked so abandoned and dull. How I found that interesting I don’t know.

On my way back down to Dallas I spent the night in Childress so I could wake up early in the morning to take some photos of Childress at sunrise to get some great lighting.

The first things I saw that caught my attention was this antique stove sitting against a building on the side of the road in downtown. Right by it were a bunch of old signs attached to the side of the building.

Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas
Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas
Old street signs in Childress, Texas
Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas

A lot of places were still open for business but yet they looked like they haven’t had a customer in years. Like this taxidermy place in the downtown area:

Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas
A taxidermy in Childress, Texas
Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas
An old gas station in Childress, Texas


I have recently learned about new genre of photography that I have always enjoyed called Urbex – Urban Exploration. It is defined in Wikipedia as the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of urban areas or industrial facilities. This town had amazing Urbex opportunities like this photo I was able to get of the sunrise through a dirty abandoned factory window:

Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas
Sunrise through and dirty window

Here is the outside of the building I was in, I saw the sun through one of those window, I think it was one of the bottom ones on the left.

Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas

This bakery really stood out among all the emptiness of the town, it’s colors and architecture style. I went too early, it was still closed, it made for a great pic but I wish I had a chance to eat something there as well. Maybe I will next time I drive through that town this summer.

Childress Bakery
Childress Bakery

2 thoughts on “Photos: Urban Exploration in Childress, Texas

  1. Dang Matt, I really like all those photos. I especially like the bakery and that dead head one. The front image of the flags is so awesome too! It’s so slick and lonely. Good work dude!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.