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Location DB > United States > Texas > Electra > The Clubhouse
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The Clubhouse
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 Database Info
created by Explorer Zero on 2/23/2008 12:44 PM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 11/12/2015 12:25 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
Its located just off the main rail line and had its own spur and a loading platform like a rail depot or freight warehouse. A simple one story, heavy wood frame structure of approximately 3000 square feet on a half acre in the downtown business district. There are three main rooms and in the largest there are no working exits or windows for light.

Someone maybe the City, erected a fence made from discarded steel drill pipe around it and the grass has been kept mowed by someone, maybe the City.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: - select -
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Address

Electra, Texas
United States
Owner: unknown
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • dont stir up the dust there were quite a few rat droppings
  •  Interesting Features
    That all depends on your perspective. There are some artifacts, mostly just junk, multiple layers of occupation and remodeling with no windows or light of any kind in one area.

    I think the simple act of exploring in total darkness by flashlight is extremely interesting. I am easily amused though.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  • wild cats
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
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  • flashlight
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     History
    The crossroads ranching community of Electra Texas was formerly known as Waggoner, named for a local rancher that set up some cattle pens near the Ft. Worth & Denver City Rail Road lines. When they got a post office in 1889 the name got changed to Beaver.

    In 1902 they renamed the town Electra in honor of that local rancher's daughter Electra Waggoner (not because of the electric street lights or the generating plant as some sources suggest).

    In 1911 Electra experienced a brief (10 million barrels) oil boom but never quite made it big, the oil played out and the population never exceeded much more than 6700 persons. Its been suggested the Electra had more pump jacks (oil well pumps) than people and I believe that was true.

    Today many of the old historic buildings in downtown Electra have been preserved, remodled, turned into shops and museums in an effort to attract a few tourism dollars. The electric light plant is still standing and open for tours on weekdays and the local VFD hosts barbecues in the city park. This is small town Texas USA.

    This building wont be found on any Texas historic tour however and from what I could learn wasnt the FW & DC Rail Depot, that structure having been demolished some while back. This was a lesser depot probably associated with cotton, freight or maybe the granaries. It appears to have had a scale at one time and the loading platform supports are still present.

    It looks like this building has been recycled or reborn through more than a few identities as well, maybe a store, restaurant, a private residence or just as storage but most recently it was Josh's Clubhouse.

    A small stage, some wiring and rock & roll posters for live entertainment or local band practice or maybe just a hangout. Now its only inhabited by rats and stray cats. One room is completely crammed full or worthless junk. A girls 10spd bike, baby furniture, housewares etc.

    Anyway its looking officially abandoned now so feel free to check it out if youre driving through Electra around the corner of Front Avenue and Main Street. Josh's Clubhouse is always open and theres never a cover charge.

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     Future Plans
    Most likely scenario; a 2 alarm fire for the VFD because its left open and presents an attractive nuisance for vandals, teens and vagrants alike, its wooden structure presents a significant fire hazard too.
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    Never a cover charge
    Sat, Feb 23rd, 2008
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 1/26/2016 8:15 AM.

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  • on Jan 26 16 at 8:15, Steed validated this location
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:41, Explorer Zero updated gallery Never a cover charge
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:41, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture BYOB and BYOP
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:39, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Ghosts of Christmas past
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:38, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Ghosts of Christmas past
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:37, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Ladies room
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:36, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture The freight office
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:35, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Ghosts of Christmas past
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:34, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Ladies room
  • on Nov 12 15 at 0:33, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Thank you come again
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