Talpa, in Coleman County, Texas, is not quite a ghost town, but you will be forgiven for thinking it is. The population was never much more than 250 souls, and today they number less than 130. There is really only one going concern left in Talpa– Cowboy Church. Inside the Cowboy Church, the walls are decorated with saddle blankets, animal skins, horse tack and assorted tools. The front wall is dominated by a painting of a cowboy, hat in hand, kneeling in prayer by his horse, in a green pasture, on the banks of a creek. The horse’s head, like the cowboy’s, is bowed. In this painting, the sun is setting, and out of the gold cast of the evening sky, a white cross is emerging.