While driving through the little community of SanGabriel, on the way home from a photo shoot, I came across an old abandoned store – Stigall Grocery and Hardware. Faded signs and weathered buildings are a photographic attraction to me. The old gas pumps and grass covered lot seem to indicate it’s been closed for a few years. I tried to picture in my mind what this place looked like years ago when it was a thriving business.
According to the Handbook of Texas Online, several Spanish missions were established in the area, starting in the 1730s. The missions were abandoned after a few years later. Little remains of their existence. The community of San Gabriel was begun in in the 1840s. The population reached a high of 350 in 1929. The community once had a post office, gin and two schools. It was interesting to stop and consider what once was here.