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County
Loving
Region
Big Bend
Population
2010 Census - 19
2000 Census - Unknown
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Towns
Mentone, Texas
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Mentone Texas History:
Mentone was platted in 1925 by oil prospectors James J. Wheat, Sr. and Bladen Ramsey after they discovered oil nearby. The site remained unsettled until the post office was established in 1931. They applied for the post office under the name Ramsey, but changed it to Mentone when the post office rejected the name. Mentone became the Loving County seat the same year. In 1933 the town had approximately 600 residents. By the 1940s, the population had dropped to 150. Today the town’s residents are mainly employees of the county and the oil industry. Loving County is the least populous county in the U.S. Mentone is located on SH 302 a short distance northeast of U.S. 285, 20 miles south of the New Mexico border, 32.4 miles southwest of Kermit, 54.5 miles northwest of Monahans, 23 miles northwest of Pecos, and 61 miles northeast of Pecos, Texas. The Emptiest County Article
 
Loving County Courthouse, 1935:
This modern brick courthouse was designed by architect Evan J. Wood. The 2010 Loving County census was 82 (this is not a typo). (432) 377-2362. Email    
 
February 2006 News Article:
“In February 2006, Mentone became the focus of a New York Times article detailing an alleged attempt by l Lawrence Pendarvis, Bobby Emory and Don Duncan to "take over" the town of Mentone and Loving County. According to the article, Pendarvis and his associates, part of the Free Town Project, planned to buy parcels of land in the county, and then move in enough of their supporters to outvote earlier residents and take control of local government. According to a website for Mr. Pendarvis' movement, their objectives were to "remove oppressive Regulations...and stop enforcement of Laws prohibiting Victimless Acts among Consenting Adults, such as dueling, gambling, incest, price-gouging, cannibalism, and drug handling." Additionally, the group sought "to ensure that the Sheriff's Office or the Town Police are never allowed to waste valuable town resources...to oppress our residents by the investigation or enforcement of violations of laws that punish truancy, drug trafficking, prostitution, obscenity, organ trafficking, burn fights, and other victimless 'crimes'. Although Pendarvis, Emory and Duncan claimed to have legally purchased 126 acres in Loving County in 2005, and registered to vote accordingly, the county sheriff, Billy Burt Hopper, determined that this land had been sold to a different buyer. Misdemeanor charges were filed against the three men, who had left the state by this time. Pendarvis claimed to have a cancelled check to prove his purchase of the land in question, but no deed was ever produced, and the original landowners denied having sold land to Pendarvis or his associates. The three were subsequently featured on a "wanted" poster issued by Sheriff Hopper and the local Texas Rangers (displayed at Hopper's office), and threatened with arrest should they return to Loving County.”
 
Birding - Far West Texas Birding Wildlife Trail:
Permian Basin West Loop:  Monahans, Grand Falls, Fort Stockton
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for West Texas Trans-Pecos
Loving County Bird Checklist with Photos
Ward County Bird Checklist with Photos
Winkler County Bird Checklist with Photos
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Gardens Butterfly Checklist, Fort Davis
Davis Mountains State Park Bird Checklist, Fort Davis
 
Red Bluff Reservoir on the Pecos River, 11,193 Surface Acres:
The lake was impounded on the Pecos River in 1937. Maximum lake depth is 77 feet. Prominent fish includes white bass and hybrid striped bass. Golden alga fish kills have eliminated most fish populations in Red Bluff Reservoir. Fishing will be poor until the problem subsides long enough for TPWD to rebuild the fisheries; call for updated information. Boats may be launched from shore at the Red Bluff Dam; camping is allowed at this site. The lake is managed by the Red Bluff Water Control District, (432) 445-2037. The reservoir is located in Eddy County, New Mexico and in the Texas counties of Loving and Reeves, approximately 40 miles northwest of Pecos, and approximately 60 miles northwest of Kermit via Mentone, Texas. Eddy County New Mexico. Turn east at the historical marker on U.S. 285 north of Pecos. Lake Map Fish Stocking History  Photos   
 
Monahans Sandhills State Park Information:
This 3,840 acre park consists on sand dunes, some as high as 70 feet. These dunes are part of a field that extends approximately 200 miles south of Monahans, Texas and westward and north into New Mexico. TPWD has a 99 year lease with the Sealy-Smith Foundation for the ranch on which most of the state park is located. Other park acreage was leased from the Williams family of Monahans, Texas. Plant life consists of Shin Oak, a type of oak tree that generally grows approximately 4 feet above the sand. The tree is characterized by a long root system that reaches many feet through the sand to the ground water below. At 40,000 acres, this is one of the nation’s largest surviving oak forests. The area was a favorite Indian site until the 1880s when the Texas and Pacific Railroad began using it as a water stop for on their route between the Pecos River and Big Spring, Texas. In the late 1920s, oil production began in the Permian Basin. Park activities include picnicking, camping, sand surfing, hiking, horseback riding and birding. The Group Dining Hall is located in a 1903 railroad section house. For more information read the March 2002 Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Article, watch the Park Video, and go to the Monahans Sandhills State Park Home Page. Park entrance and camping fees apply. From IH-20 near Monahans exit at Mile Marker #86 to Park Road 41 and drive to the park.
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
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