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Tour the Charming Vacant Buildings of Hondo, Texas

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Urban exploration has become a popular activity around the world. It’s the act of exploring man-made structures that are typically abandoned. Risks include dangerous conditions such as crumbling architecture and settled wildlife, as well as possibly entangling with the law while illegally trespassing on private property. Fortunately, the town of Hondo is offering a safer and legal way to try out urban exploration on December 12th, 2020, with a Chamber of Commerce event officially called the Tour of Vacant Buildings.

With the goal of making the vacant buildings less vacant via business owners and hopefuls renting or buying the spaces, this tour is also for the curious. Those who have passed through the town of Hondo time after time and wondered what was inside certain buildings now have an exciting opportunity to find out. As a bonus, finding new ways to utilize already established spaces is a sustainable solution to growth during tough economic times. The tour includes an old bowling alley, a former department store, and a vacant public library.

Tour the Charming Vacant Buildings of Hondo, Texas

Photo: @bigsteve22 via Twenty20

If you would like to sign up, contact the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with some of the buildings open for viewing. Bring your mask and be aware of social distancing. If this Saturday is already booked, but you are still interested, the internet has you covered as virtual videos of the sites are posted. Check these out from the comfort of your own home.

Now that you’ve got an itch for abandoned buildings, here are some other places to look over virtually through pics. Every town and city has sites which are abandoned and forgotten, what are the ones where you live? Stories, scandals, and secrets often enhance the interest in wandering! Happy hunting, and be sure to stay legal and safe at all times.