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    LOYAL VALLEY, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Mason County, Texas Hill Country
    Highway 87
    16 miles SE of Mason
    26 miles NW of Fredericksburg

    Population: 50 (estimate since 1990)

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    Church in Loyal Valley, Texas
    The church
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
    History in a Pecan Shell

    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 County.

    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 destination. 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.

    Photographer's Note:
    The church and cemetery are about 40 yards from each other and are divided by a dirt road. - Erik Whetstone
    Loyal Valley ruins, Texas
    A ruin in Loyal Valley
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
    Loyal Valley  cemetery, Texas
    Loyal Valley Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
    Loyal Valley  cemetery, Texas
    Another view of the Loyal Valley Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2004
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    The Savage Life of Herman Lehmann

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    (Hermann Lehmann died in 1932 and is buried in the Loyal Valley cemetery. - See Historical Marker)
    Mason County Texas 1907 Postal map
    Mason County 1907 Postal map showing Loyal Valley
    (Below "N" in "MASON")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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