What Really Happened To This Tiny South Texas Ghost Town?
THE FORGOTTEN TOWN
Located just 10 miles from Cuero and 19 miles southeast of Gonzales is the small forgotten town of Cheapside. Blink and you might miss it, this town was once a community full of people and businesses but now sits lonely and empty.
A TOWN FULL OF RUMORS
Throughout the years there have been numerous rumors about this old town and what really happened to it. Crazy myths about how townspeople mysteriously went missing to the entire neighborhood was burned down; there have been some pretty unbelievable rumors about this tiny neighborhood. Luckily for us, local Cheapside expert Marge Cacir cleared up some of the rumors and told the true story about this town.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Families in this town originally came from England. Dr. E. R. Henry, who came to Texas. Dr. Henery ended up in a small rural Texas area and insisted the town be named Cheapside.
Cheapside was the name of a city in Virginia he had previously lived in and it was also the name of a famous old street in London. The original word 'cheep' meant sale or bargain and was the English word for market.
CHEAPSIDE IN ITS PRIME
In its prime, this community had many different properties and businesses. There was a one-room hotel, stable, broom factory, three stores, a cotton gin, and -not one- but TWO saloons.
FINDING THE GHOST TOWN
So what exactly happened to this town? We headed over to this peculiar little town of Cheapside and although it took a little guesswork and some extra effort to find it, we finally found ourselves smack dab in the middle of an empty tiny neighborhood.
HOLD OFF ON THE PARANORMAL GEAR
If you plan on checking out this neighborhood, leave your ghost gear at home and use a little basic knowledge. No trespassing signs are up for a reason, look with your EYES and NOT your HANDS and please be respectful to the property and anyone you might see there.
When it all comes down to it, sometimes these ghost towns just fall apart on their own. The land and properties are owned by very real people still. However, sometimes, they just choose to let their homes go. Check out the tiny little Texas ghost town of Cheapside.