One of the weirdest but coolest attractions I came across in Austin, Texas, was the J.Lorraine Ghost Town. On my last day in Austin I told my friend Kyle I wanted to shoot guns, so we drove to a shooting range and saw the sign to this ghost town along the way.
I’d never shot a gun before, and as it turns out, I was a complete wimp. For a start I could barely lift the gun, and then I was paranoid I would accidentally shoot myself. I had one go and then I wanted out, so I sat on a chair in the sun while the boys did their thing! A little bit embarrassing since it was my idea in the first place!
Since I hadn’t really taken part in the shooting, I googled the ghost town on my smart phone, and suggested we go check it out. Love the welcome sign…”Rent the town for family fun, birthdays, business events, weddings, divorces, graduations” You might end up getting divorced if your partner wanted to get married in a ghost town!
No, jokes aside, this place was pretty fun. When I pictured Texas in my mind, I had envisaged cowboys, horses, guns, line dancing and the TV show Dallas. So the J.Lorraine ghost town in Austin ticked that box for me! I loved watching Western films as a kid, and the ghost town made me feel like I’d been transported onto the set of a cowboy movie.
The ghost town is a mock Texan town, complete with stables, a jail, a sheriff’s office, a general store, a hotel, a blacksmith and a saloon.
There’s a maze too, but if you go in there you’ll most certainly be stuck for a long long time! I followed my friends inside the maze, but soon heard them shouting “It’s best if you turn around, we can’t find our way out!” Luckily I remembered the way I came, but the boys ended up having to climb over the fence to get out again!
According to the Facebook Page, “J. Lorraine is a re-created version of the original J. Lorraine that stood just a few miles from present day Manor, Texas. The town was a neutral territory for outlaws and lawmen alike until it was burned by outraged moral citizens from nearby.”
There’s also a Bar & Grill serving $2.50 beers and delicious “Ghost Burgers”. If you’re really broke you can get the $1 hot dogs! At dusk on Fridays and Saturdays there are free movie showings on a giant outdoor screen, and there’s also live music on the stage. Check their website for upcoming events.
Austin has the slogan “Keep Austin Weird”…well the ghost town is definitely weird, which makes it awesome! Definitely a fun way to spend my last day in Texas.