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    LOVING COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    County Seat - Mentone, Texas

    Loving county has had two courthouses: 1931 & 1935

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    Mentone, TX - Loving County Courthouse
    Loving County Courthouse Today
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2005

    Loving County Courthouse -
    Mentone, Texas

    Date - 1935
    Architect - Evan J. Wood
    Style - Modern
    Material - Brick
    Loving County courthouse, Mentone, Texas old photo
    Loving County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
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    TX - Loving County Courthouse district courtroom
    Loving County Courthouse district courtroom
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2005
    Loving County Courthouse

    Loving County Courthouse.
    Don't forget to pick up some famous Mentone Brine.
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    Loving County Courthouse detail
    Loving County Courthouse detail
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    The town so nice they incorporated twice

    Mentone also has the distinction of being the only county in Texas that was incorporated twice. It seems that they got behind in their taxes back a long time ago and Winkler County held the deeds to the 6 or 8 ranches until things were put straight.

    Mentone turns down government money they would get from revenue sharing (but they're nice about it).

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    TX - Loving County Centennial Marker

    Loving County Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2005
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    Loving County Forum

    Subject: "Innnocents" Rare in 1950's Mentone
    My parents and I moved to Mentone around 1945 and left in 1959. I started school in Mentone in 1947 at the age of five. At that time, the population of Mentone was around 150. My father was a pumper for Gulf Oil and we lived about a mile from town.

    One of my girlfriend's daddy was the sheriff and we spent a lot of time playing in the courthouse. On the second floor of the courthouse was a large room where County Commissioners met each month and where the County Judge listened to legal cases. As kids, we decided and acted out our roles for the day. The "Judge" sat in the big chair behind the bench and would swear in the "accused and witnesses" (with their hand on the bible). The "lawyer" would ask questions. After deciding the accused's guilt (very seldom was anyone found innocent), the judge banged the gavel and sentenced the guilty child to time in jail. There was one small cell with 2 bunk beds. We'd all go in there and sit and the jailer (the sheriff's wife or some other mother) would bring in sandwiches and drinks and we'd have a picnic. Afterwards, we could all slide down the wood bannister to the first floor and go home.

    I started 5th grade in Pecos, TX and graduated from there in 1959 and my family moved from Mentone to Odessa. I have such fond memories of my life in Mentone and Pecos. I try to drive back out to Mentone anytime I'm in the area. My husband called it my "childhood fix. Of course, the house we lived in has been gone for many years but I can still find the old dirt road and the remnants and the memories. Thank you for [your magazine] and little piece of history from my past. - Patsy Powell, January 18, 2007

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic photos of their courthouse/town/subject, please contact us.

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