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We ventured out in the Hummer again today to check out Terlingua. Terlingua is about 110 miles south of Fort Davis on US 118. It is the home of the world famous Terlingua Chili Contest. It is also famous as an attraction for people who drop out of life and come here to disappear for awhile. It is right on the edge of Big Bend National Park, on the Rio Grande River, and right on the Mexico-US border.
We stopped here for lunch -- had a great burger and beer, and continued on. Had a quick stop at what is known locally as "Easter Egg Valley" where all the houses are painted in pastel shades. Also stopped at the Starlight and the local trading post. Starlight was closed, but the trading post was open. I did get a shotglass and a magnet for my kitsch collection! Some local folk were hanging out on the sidewalk in front of the trading post -- drinking beer, singing songs and talking with the turistas. Would be great fun to come back during the Chili Contest to see this place really hopping!
Terlingua was famous as a mercury mining town. Mercury was used in fuses for bombs in World War II. As the use of mercury dwindled, so did the town's fortunes -- hence the Terlingua Ghost Town area. It has come back now, mainly due to tourist inflows.