Have you ever been in a place you know you've never been before, but something about it seems "familiar"? As if you've visited this place in a past life or in your dreams? You may have been a visitor to what some have called "liminal spaces"

According to Wikipedia liminal spaces are

the subject of an internet aesthetic portraying empty or abandoned places that appear eerie, forlorn, and often surreal. Liminal spaces are commonly places of transition, pertaining to the concept of liminality.


There are some theories as to why liminal spaces evoke an odd feeling from visitors, but there are no definite reasons why we get a strange feeling when entering these spaces. It turns out that there's actually an entire community online sharing images that evoke such feelings as mentioned above.

Liminal Spaces In Amarillo

Among this community is a mysterious local photographer from Amarillo who has set out to find and capture these unnerving locations around the city. On the Instagram user's amarilloisabandoned page, you can find a whole catalog of photos of vaguely familiar locations around the Amarillo area which evoke unusual feelings from viewers.

Below are just a few of the seemingly ghostly spots that amarilloisabandoned has captured for your viewing. co

The Liminal Spaces Of Amarillo

Gallery Credit: amarilloisabandoned, Instagram

The Abandoned Herring Hotel in Amarillo, Texas

You may have passed it a million times while driving downtown, or you may be new to town. Either way, chances are you've seen the beautiful Herring Hotel. The beautiful aging brick tower sits unoccupied on 3rd and Pearce streets. It's a grand building that stands as a reminder of Amarillo's early days as a cattle and oil town and it tells the stories well.

If you've ever wondered what's inside this towering building, just take a peek below.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

A Look Inside the Abandoned St. Anthony's Hospital in Amarillo, Texas

The old St. Anthony's hospital in Amarillo, Texas has sat abandoned--but not forgotten--since the early 2000s. The 100-year-old structure still cuts an imposing and impressive figure against the Amarillo skyline. The building serves as a cornerstone memory for many Amarillo natives--the place where life begun (or came to an end).

But for decades, the old St. Anthony's hospital has remained under careful surveillance, and not many know what now lies within. In July 2021, local artist and photographer, Ian Watson, was granted full access to the abandoned hospital--his photos offer an intimate and stark look at the legendary landmark of St. Anthony's as it stands now.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

Ranchotel: The Forgotten Landmark of Old Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas

The Ranchotel, located at 2501 W. 6th St., is a product of Route 66's heyday.

When Americans first began long-distance automotive travel, they typically stayed in hotels or camped beside the road. In response, clever entrepreneurs began to build what were called tourist courts. The Ranchotel is one of these.

It was built in 1940 and until recently, it was considered one of the best preserved examples of Route 66's tourist facilities. It was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 and was well maintained until 2020.

Even now, in spite of the building's fading beauty, there is still the nostalgic air held by many a historic landmark.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark







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