The Old Abandoned Canty Bus Stop Revisited

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One of my favorite places to drive is HWY 180 west past Palo Pinto, Texas on the old Bankhead Highway. During my drive I always stop at a couple of places along the way. One of those stops is the Old Abandoned Canty Bus Stop.

The Old Abandoned Canty Bus Stop Revisited

Canty Bus Stop

The Canty Service Station and Café was then known as the Canty Bus Stop. The Canty Bus Stop serviced westbound Fort Worth buses as a rest stop. For a short time a bus pulled into the area behind the café where an add-on canopy was added where the riders could stop for food, rest and walk around for a few minutes. The buses ran continuously from 6 a.m. to about 10 p.m. with buses arriving about every thirty minutes and sometimes two at a time.

Last weekend, I happened to be in the Mineral Wells area and decided to head west and do some exploring. But due to the cold and wet weather I only ended up visited a couple of spots. One of those stops was the Canty Bus Stop out near Dodson Prairie.

Over the last few years I have watched the remains of this old service station slowly crumble back to the earth. Each visit I can see the little changes. This last trip I noticed the owners added the purple no trespassing paint markers along the property line.

Canty Bus Stop

I remember as a child my father would take us out to the lake and on our long trip from Dallas we would stop here or other small service stations on the way. But the Canty Bus Stop (It was only a service station when we stopped) means a lot more to me to others and its the only one left on the Bankhead Highway that I remember stopping to get gas a child.

Canty Bus Stop

Off to the side of the building you can see the crumbling remains of the old restaurant. As to the rest of the property you can’t see where the buses parked. Its overgrown with trees.

To learn more about the old service station and see pictures from an older visit, check out the article I wrote.

About the Images

The images were shot by hand just after sunset during the blue hour with my Sony A6000using a Sigma 30mm F.2.8 DN Lens. I then used Adobe Lightroom, Topaz Adjust and Google Nik Collection to remove noise and clean up the images.

About James

James spends most of his free time using social media and loves to teach others about design, web development, CSS, SEO, and social media. He is addicted to Wordpress, social media, and technology. You can reach him on his personal website, Evolutionary Designs Blog, Do not forget to follow him on Twitter @element321

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