Friday, November 2, 2012


The 30-foot walls of the old Farias building in Benavides are as indomitable as those of the Alamo. Built in 1895 by Andres Farias, the store's history is long forgotten by today's generation and nothing remains of its roof or interior. Caliche rock was the primary building material of this eyesore, all but invisible to the locals who drive by to and from work, school or play. No one entertains the thought of its potential to one day topple onto a side street or the main highway.

It stands in contrast to the youth of Benavides, Texas, vibrant, full of life and charging forward with a promising future . It's Homecoming Week in Eagle Country. The old Farias building has seen them all.

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