in a big empty supercollider tunnel:
Boz was settled in the late 1880s or early 1890s and
it held its own post office from 1891 to 1906.
Boz had been a school and church community for local farmers until
the school closed in 1943. The surviving Bethel Methodist Church was
a set for scenes in the 1984 movie Places in the Heart. The setting
was the Great Depression when Boz' real life population was a mere
Boz' existence was threatened when the area was chosen
for the supercollider project. Who in Texas can forget the superconducting
supercollider and the economic boom that would change North Texas
forever? (Answer: Most of Us).
By 1990 there were still fifteen Bozites, or Bozinians but fourteen
of those left, leaving only 84-year old Monnie Bratcher to face the
supercollider alone. In the end, Monnie won when the collider project
was deemed too costly and was canceled.
Somewhere there's a reporter who wrote a "Sunday supplement" piece
about Monnie Bratcher. If that is you - or if you have information,
photos or memories of Boz, Texas, or if you know of a use for a big
empty tunnel with a lot of rusting equipment, please contact
I am a 17 year old resident of Waxahachie. I have lived here all my
life and have known about the Supercollider since it was built --
and cancelled. There have been many 'town rumors' about what exactly
the supercollider will be eventually used for. ... The Supercollider
(with the big tunnels, etc.) is now being very seriously considered
as a potential prison. They will use the tunnels and build surrounding
walls and buildings to complete the prison. However, this will make
the land [by the supercollider] worthless.
There has already been a protest at the courthouse in the historic
I do not know whether the supercollider will be turned into a prison
but I think the source is reliable.
By the way, the tunnels, now, are filled with water to prevent anyone
entering them, and if the prison is built, there will be one road
I was browsing the internet and I happened to come across your website,
[and] I thought you might find it interesting to know that the project
that would have changed Texas is now rumoured to turn into ANOTHER
prison -- talk about recycling.
Your website was very informative, I never knew the road Buena
Vista was once a town! hahaha. Thank you. - J. Hallabough, January
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