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Location DB > United States > Texas > Anarene > The Octagon
The Octagon
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created by Explorer Zero on 1/3/2015 1:24 AM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 1/19/2015 10:46 PM
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An octagon shaped pair of dikes, and ditches 526' across in the middle of an old oil production field. While the field trip was not all that difficult, I suggest walking in instead of driving. It is possible to get even a 4WD vehicle stuck back here, get run off by half-witted deer shooters, get on a rattlesnake or if my theory is correct, abducted and probed by extra-terrestrials because nothing else about this place makes much sense.

There are no remnants of oil field infrastructure within the octagon, no tank bases, no valves, no foundations that would be associated with a tank farm or refinery. There are some pipes nearby buried in the ground like typical oilfield lines but thats pretty typical out here. There are a few articles of human debris such as pop bottles and motor oil cans but nothing bigger than that.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy, its private property, oil lease, deer lease or something
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Falls County Road
Anarene, Texas
United States
Owner: unknown
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  •  Hazards
  • water
  • Deer hunters dont go during deer season, theres a deep and narrow creek full of quicksand, deep eroded ruts and lots of thorns and rattlesnakes
  •  Interesting Features
    Ditches with 135 degree angles, 16 of them, I find it interesting that someone would lay this out and excavate this shape without some reason.
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  • Well what can I say here, you dont want to be seen going in here but its not like its guarded or alarmed it calls for a different skill set than breaking into an abandoned house, I looked for trail cameras, didnt see any but theres almost certainly some around.
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    WARNING: this is not an "urban" exploration, there are no photos with artistic lighting effects, no peeling paint, no photos of the toilet, this is a rural field exploration of an outdoor man-made geographic anomaly. A mystery.

    That's why we're here, hopefully someone will see this and comment or update this entry. I spotted this about a year ago while scrolling around the satellite imagery for this area. I jotted down the coordinates and went out to do a field check this summer. Not surprisingly I didn't find anything revealing. Just a lot of mesquite brush and prickly pear, two concentric berms in the shape of an octagon and that's really about all.

    This entire area was an oil field in the 1920s, there are oil tank batteries, sludge pits, containment dikes and ditches of all shapes and sizes. But none quite like this. Its over 520ft across, the ditch is only about 2-3ft deep today. There are trees 40-50yrs old growing out of the dikes.

    I researched until Ive run out of places to research. Ive even interviewed oil field workers that worked this field in the 1930s when it was shutting down and they didn't know it was there or anything about it.

    Unless you're a deer hunter or satellite image junkie like myself, you wouldn't know it was here either. But now I do and so do you.
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    Your guess is as good as mine probably nothing

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    Step Into The Octagon
    Sat, Jan 3rd, 2015
    posted by Anonymous
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Mike Dijital on 1/20/2015 5:04 AM.

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  • on Jan 20 15 at 5:04, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Jan 19 15 at 22:46, Explorer Zero made this location available
  • on Jan 19 15 at 22:46, Explorer Zero made this location unavailable
  • on Jan 19 15 at 22:46, Explorer Zero changed the following: Notes for Mods
  • on Jan 12 15 at 4:49, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Jan 3 15 at 19:51, Explorer Zero changed the following: Description
  • on Jan 3 15 at 19:48, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Beware the deer shooters
  • on Jan 3 15 at 19:45, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Ground Zero
  • on Jan 3 15 at 19:44, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Dead cottonwood trees
  • on Jan 3 15 at 19:43, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Deep creek
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