Ghost Town Where The Andromeda Strain was Filmed

Field review by the editors.

Shafter, Texas

A well-known movie director named Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Run Silent, Run Deep), and a then-unknown writer named Michael Crichton, combined to create a unique sci-fi film in 1971 titled The Andromeda Strain. It opened in the fictional town of Piedmont, New Mexico, where a military satellite had returned from space and mysteriously killed nearly everyone in town.

The filmmakers wanted a near-ghost town to film the outdoor scenes. They found Shafter, Texas, with a then-current population of 20. Although just off a major US highway, Shafter has even fewer residents now than it did in 1971. But the buildings in the film are still there -- particularly the town church -- and they look pretty much the same.

Ghost Town Where The Andromeda Strain was Filmed

Address:
US Hwy 67, Shafter, TX
Directions:
On the east side of US Hwy 67, either 40 miles south of Marfa or 19 miles north of Presido. You'll see the church and other buildings from the highway, then pull off and drive into town.
Admission:
Free
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