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Old 07-24-2012, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I was born and raised here, been back a year and a half after a 24 year military career, it's great to be back home and all that but there's too many damn people here now from out of state. No offense to anyone. Urban sprawl is out of control. Thinking about moving west in the next year or so, buy a house for dirt cheap and live off my retirement in peace. Want to live in Comancheria, somewhere that the sprawl will never get to in my lifetime. I go on mini road trips on my motorcycle every weekend, out past Glenrose (God that's a packed tourist town now), up to Nacona, ect. Every time I go through someplace stuck in the 1950's I wish I was living there. Looking at the area possibly north and south of Abilene so I wouldn't have to travel too far to come back and visit family. Or even west of Waco. Any nice small towns to recommend? Just to throw out a couple I've searched are Comanche, Brownwood, Graham (cool drive in theater). I don't know, there's a lot. I may ride out to Comanche this weekend. Maybe some place with a couple thousand people at most, a town square and a grocery store but that's about all I need.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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I would look at somewhere South and West of Vernon/Quanah along hwy 70. That country continues to empty out and there are quite a few homes that can be bought cheaply. Its close enough. The smaller towns along 70 are right out of the 50s.

A number of ranches are looking for hands and you might be able to get on part-time. OR, Get your TCLOSE and you can get on with the county sheriff.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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What about Hico, is it ruined yet.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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Take a look at Menard. Compare it to nearby Mason. Both are off the beaten paths - no freeways in the area. Menard is what Mason was like before Mason was "discovered" and revived. Both are very livable towns with good waterways nearby.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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I've travelled the Abilene area extensively in the last few years, A few towns that stick out are Haskell, Albany, Aspermont, and Santa Anna. However, finding work is always an issue out there.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Here in the Abilene area, Anson, Albany, and Stamford have always seemed like fairly nice small towns to me (nicer than some of the others in this area). I've also been to Breckenridge and Comanche a lot over the years while we were fishing at Hubbard Creek Lake near Breckenridge and Lake Proctor near Comanche. Both of those seem to be fairly nice small towns.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Graham and Brownwood would be on my short list for the area. Another town that I am fond of is Ballinger. Lots of really cool looking older homes on the north side of town, plus you are 36 miles to San Angelo and 55 miles from Abilene.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Take a look at Menard.
No!!! Unless you have actually lived in Menard, you have no idea of the problems there! My sister-in-law and her daughters recently moved away from Menard and they hated living there. The drug problems, especially meth, are very bad. There is one small grocery store and it often has only spoiled food, etc. Nearest Walmart for other household stuff is in Brady 30 miles away! And if you need a job...good luck...there aren't any! She absolutely hated living in Menard!
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Junction ... Brady
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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It's beautiful around Graham. Man, all this talk is reminding me of places I haven't been to in a while. A road trip may be in order, lol.
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