Dusty-white silos and radio towers line the landscape outside of Thurber, Texas. Once a bustling coal mining outcamp, ghost towns and a giant smokestack are all that remain.

A golden-yellow flame soars out from an oil pipeline, burning chemical waste into the dark gray fog. The drizzling rain hardly seems to make an impact.


Marathon, Texas. Photo by Andrew Blanton.

Larry Hooper races a west-bound graffitied Union Pacific on Interstate 20, an iconic symbol of the frontier days that inspired generations of songwriters. The multi-colored locomotive fades into the rear view mirror, its aging-steel wheels and rickety boxcars creak off in the distance.

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