A few miles south of Corsicana — and somewhere between Retreat and Eureka, if you’re looking for omens — sits the town of Mustang, Texas.
Though it is right off Interstate 45 and adjoins the larger town of Angus, there’s not much in Mustang. It has water service and its own wastewater treatment plant. It has a volunteer fire department and a boozy and sordid history. But that’s about it.
And all that can be yours for $4 million.
The town in Navarro County was incorporated in 1973 so that it could sell alcohol to its dry-but-thirsty neighbors. The plan worked for a couple decades until nearby communities began to pare back their blue laws.
A 2007 story in the Los Angeles Times describes the town’s early-’70s heyday:
Before long, people who had been making a 60-mile beer run to Dallas were lining up in Mustang at The Gusher — a liquor store so popular that when it burned down in 1975, a temporary building was up by day's end. Outside of Little Scholtz's beer garden, students from Navarro College, in nearby Corsicana, partied at picnic tables set near a catfish pond.
A story about the sale in the Houston Chronicle also mentions a strip club, where a man was killed a decade ago. The club has since closed — it’s not included in the $4 million.
If that sounds too sordid to you (or even if it sounds like just a start), purchasing the town gives you an opportunity to remake it as you see fit.
"It has endless possibilities, one just has to use his imagination," Michael Turner, president of J Elmer Turner Realtors told the Chronicle. "Right now, anything goes in Mustang so long as it conforms to the laws of Texas."
The town’s 76 acres include a scattering of mobile homes and an estimated population of 21. The former strip club — Wispers Cabaret — is now an empty shell, though a look at Google maps show the signs still up (“Totally Nude BYOB”) in 2015. Google maps also show a “Lion’s Den Adult Superstore” at the corner of I-45 and FM 739.
Find more information on buying the town at ownmustang.com.