It is widely believed that Texas has been somewhat exempt from the overall recession. It is also expected that most of Texas is somewhat immune from snowy weather. While driving on Highway 31 from Waco to Tyler a few days ago I was struck by how much of what is assumed about Texas does not fit the stereotype. Kerens and Malakoff are examples of rural towns that time and the economy appear to have forgotten. Dirt road back streets, scruffy downtowns and collapsing buildings barely hint of what were once better times. Let down by modernization, the fickle quirks of transportation routes, crushing competition of large corporations and their proud citizen’s paralyzing fear of outside influences these towns are left to slowly decay.It was a good day to photograph the unexpected in East Texas. The snow and the cold made the whole thing seem surreal.