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Settled by German immigrants from the Fredericksburg
area about 1858, the name was either given to honor the loyalty and
cooperation of the settlers, or to proclaim German loyalty to the
Union. It is one of the oldest communities in Mason
During the 1870s outlying communities sought shelter in Loyal Valley
from hostile Indians. It was also a stage stop between San
Antonio and Fort Concho.
A post office was in operation from 1868 to 1919.
The first school opened in 1870 and a later stone building was built
by Phillip Buchmeyer. In the early part of the Twentieth Century,
the town was thriving. Brush arbor meetings were held and cotton and
livestock fueled the economy. Loyal Valley became a popular hunting
From an estimated population of 194 in 1904, it shrank to a mere 25
in the 1930s. But it reached 1000 just before WWII
and as late as the 1970s, the town still had a population of 150.
Nursery in Loyal Valley
by Michael Barr
"... But the most remarkable feature of Loyal Valley was Meusebach's
nursery. Among his many talents, Meusebach was an amateur horticulturalist....
While most places in Texas could only grow native varieties, Meusebach
was able to grow 14 varieties of grapes from all over the world.
A good argument can be made that the roots of the Hill County Wine
industry are in Meusebach's nursery and his horticulture experiments.
The nursery was a garden in the wilderness. There were 60 varieties
of peach trees, 14 varieties of plums, and 32 varieties of pears
in the same enclosure. Meusebach also grew apples, cherries, figs,
apricots and pomegranates.
His crape myrtles were legendary. Flowers, too many to count, bloomed
in wonderful profusion. Of roses alone there were 215 varieties.
And certain trees, like pines and spruces, that didn't always grow
well in West Texas, thrived in Loyal Valley... more
The church and cemetery are about 40 yards from each other and are
divided by a dirt road. - Erik
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