19 High School 12 (by Noel Kerns)

High School, Toyah, Texas.

Built in 1912, the schoolhouse in Toyah was actually what they called an “El-Hi” school, meaning they taught both elementary and high school students there. This building served the town of Toyah until about 1950, when Toyah was consolidated into the Pecos school system, 19 miles away.

After the schoolhouse was retired for education, the building was repurposed as a gymnasium & basketball court.

Established in 1881, Toyah is essentially a ghost town today, with a population around 100, down from a high of something over 1,000 in the early part of the 20th century.

Night, 3/4 moon, slight ambient sodium vapor light from several directions. 2 minute exposure. As you can see from the grass, I’ve corrected a bit for the sodium, but the building actually has this yellow/green cast to it, even after correction. The window coverings are painted a slight beige color, which adds to this effect.

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