Deserted Texas consists of a group of explorers, historians and media professionals who enjoy researching Texas history and visiting towns that once bustled with throngs of people but now lay dormant as a reminder of a time long passed.

These places reside only in the memories of those who once walked their streets, lived in their houses, and grew up within their borders. Our goal is to capture a slice of this history and preserve it in the hope that, even though these places are currently deserted, they will never be forgotten.


Aldridge, Texas

Nestled deep within the piney woods of the Angelina National Forest sits one of the most intact of all of East Texas’ numerous ghost towns. Founded as a logging community in 1898 by Hal Aldridge, he established the town deep within the forests of Jasper County, with the intention of taking advantage of the area’s …


Meet the Team

Jonathan “Johnny” Guajardo is a San Antonio, Texas based media production specialist. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and acts as the Vice President of the Convergent Media Collective, as well as Social Media Coordinator for the UIW School of Media and Design, and UIW’s Student Body President. He has experience in all aspects of videography, photography, content design and social media marketing. Having produced both corporate and creative multimedia projects for the past six years, he has gained a reputation as a reliable and creative producer in the San Antonio area. He is also well-read historian and academic who enjoys meeting new people and traveling. In his free time, Johnny enjoys collecting vinyl records for his hi-fi stereo and studying Texas history.

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J.P. Marcus is an expert director, photographer and videographer who enjoys traveling and storytelling. He holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and is a first-class director, video editor and music critic. Having interned for media outlets such as San Antonio’s News 4 WOAI and NBC Universal in Los Angeles, he possesses a wide variety of media production skills.  In his free time, Joel enjoys attending and photographing concerts and meeting artists from all around the world.

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Aaron J. Garcia is a digital media expert who enjoys delving into the technical and logistical details of video production, web development, digital photography, graphic design and social media marketing. He proudly holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, where he remains actively involved with the Convergent Media Collective (a student organization devoted to expressing creativity through new and converging mediums). Having a strong desire to improve the world around him, Aaron is a brilliant optimist who is always looking to make a positive impact on his community. In his free time, Aaron enjoys attending coding seminars, small business workshops and developer conferences.

aarongarcia.net | Email Aaron@agarciatv


Charles Duncan is an outdoors enthusiast with extensive experience in first aid and survival techniques. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree. Charles is actively involved in several student organizations pertaining to community service, the environment and social equality. He firmly believes in the importance of preserving national parks and historical sites. In his free time, Charles enjoys traveling and learning about aviation in hopes of one day becoming a pilot.

secularcharlie.com | Email Charles@SecularCharlie


Christian Giron acts as our business manager and takes care of our financial questions while advising on proper business practices. With five years of managerial experience, he coordinates the cost for each trip as well as advises on additional equipment purchases. He is currently pursuing a degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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William Timmerman works with Deserted Texas as a technical advisor and brings a vast knowledge of history, culture, and science. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of the Incarnate Word. He knows his way around a topographical map better than anyone this side of the Pecos River.

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