01 Nov Ghost Town in Austin, Texas

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!

Shooting Guns in Texas

Shooting Range Austin Texas

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.

J Lorraine ghost town Austin- welcome sign

J Lorraine Ghost Town in Austin, Texas

Ghost Town Austin Texas

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.”

Jail in the J Lorraine Ghost Town, Austin Texas

Wanted- Billy the Kid Dead or Alive

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.

Bartender at J Lorraine Ghost Town Austin

Ghost Town Stage- Austin, Texas

General Store at J Lorraine Ghost Town in Austin, Texas

Cowboy Saloon at J Lorraine Ghost Town, Austin, Texas

Inside the Saloon at J Lorraine ghost town in Austin, Texas

Water Pump at J Lorraine Ghost Town in Austin, Texas

J Lorraine Ghost Town Restaurant

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.

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    Posted at 08:20h, 06 November Reply

    I agree that shooting a gun is hard, I’m so scared of the kick I can barely pull the trigger. I love the ghost town, I’ve never been to one before but it looks like just like how I picture the Old West!

    • Victoria
      Posted at 20:58h, 20 November Reply

      I thought it would be easy but I had no idea how scared I would be! I just constantly felt like I would accidentally shoot someone or myself!

  • Alex @ ifs ands & Butts
    Posted at 14:32h, 22 November Reply

    I lived in Austin for 4 years and somehow never heard of this. Glad you got to shoot a gun in Texas, it’s definitely an essential experience!

  • Shawn
    Posted at 17:50h, 27 November Reply

    The actual name derives from his Daughter Jennifer Lorraine. The owner is my Uncle, she’s my Cousin.

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