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CHRISTOVAL, TEXAS

Tom Green County, West Texas / Texas Panhandle

3111'51"N 10029'36"W (31.197614, -100.493296)
Loop 110, Highway 277 and FM 2084
20 Miles S of San Angelo
Population: 504 (2010) 422 (2000)

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Christoval Texas - Feeding Time

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

The community, which has also been known as South Concho and Delong, Texas, is said to be named after early settler Christopher Columbus Doty. The town was granted a post office in 1889 and by 1914 there were 200 people living here, shopping at two stores and reading their news from the Christoval Observer.

You would never know it today but tiny Christoval once hosted an annual Baptist encampment (into the 1930s) that attracted 10,000 people. Mineral waters helped keep attendance up and most of them arrived on the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railroad. The population peaked in the 1930s when 544 people call Christoval home.

After WWII the population dropped to just 400 and by 1973 it had declined to just over 200, remaining there through the 1980s. In 1987 highway 277 was rerouted, bypassing Christoval and it was thought by some that the community was finished. But both business and population has increased and its unusual terrain and abundance of trees has attracted people looking for a tranquil life.

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Christoval, Texas downtown
Downtown Christoval
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Texas - Christoval Baptist church
Christoval Baptist Church
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Historical Marker
Corner of Church & Rudd (FM 2084), Christoval.

Christoval Baptist Church

Settlement of this area began in the 1860s and increased in the 1870s and 1880s following the establishment of Fort Concho in nearby San Angelo. The town of Christoval began to develop by 1885. The South Concho Baptist congregation was organized in 1889 with four charter members. The Rev. T. R. Leggett served as first pastor, and the congregation met in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, built by a group of citizens and used as a Union Church. Located on a hill on the corner of present Church St and Rudd, the Union Church was the site of regular worship services, with various clergy officiating. The name of the South Concho Baptist congregation was changed to Christoval Baptist Church in 1906. Four years later the membership voted to build its own facility, and an octagonal wooden tabernacle was erected. In 1911, the first annual summer Christoval Baptist encampment was held on the banks of the South Concho River. A new church building was dedicated in 1925 during the August camp meeting. Due to the financial strains of the Depression, the campground was sold in 1932. This church remains an important part of the Christoval community.
(1989)


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Christoval Texas - US Post Office

Christoval Post Office, TX 76935
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Christoval Texas - Anson Club House

Anson Club House
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Christoval Texas - Anson Club House

Anson Club House
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Christoval Tx - The Bath House

The Bath House
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Christoval Tx - The Bath House

The Bath House
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Christoval Tx - The Bath House

The Bath House
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Tom Green County Texas - Christoval Cemetery

Christoval Cemetery
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Tom Green County Texas - Christoval Cemetery

Christoval Cemetery
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Christoval Texas - Christoval City Park

Christoval City Park
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Christoval Texas - Christoval City Park

Christoval City Park
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Christoval Texas - Closed cafe

Closed cafe
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Christoval Texas - Closed cafe

Closed cafe
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Christoval Texas - Closed cafe

Closed cafe
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Christoval Texas - Display Santa Fe Caboose

Santa Fe Caboose
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Christoval Texas - Historic Roadside Park

Historic Roadside Park
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Christoval Texas - Historic Roadside Park

Historic Roadside Park marker
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Christoval Texas - Welcome Sign

Christoval Welcome Sign
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Christoval Masonic Lodge
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Christoval Texas Coca-Cola sign

Coca-Cola sign
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Chriistoval Texas Historical Marker

Christoval Historical Marker
618 Main St, Christoval

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Historical Marker

Christoval

Frontiersmen began to immigrate into the south Concho Valley in 1870s, locating along the "Toe Nail" trail from Fort McKavett to Fort Concho. By mid-1880s the settlement began to develop and a Union Church was organized, the South Concho Irrigation Co. was established in 1885, and built a dam and 3 miles of canals to furnish water to dry farmland. Christopher C. Doty (1857-1944), who had arrived in Texas in 1879, opened a store and applied for a post office in 1888, after rejection of application for "Alice", due to another office of that name, Doty suggested "Christobal" (Spanish for Christopher). Confirmation of establishment of the office and Doty's appointment as postmaster arrived in Jan, 1889, but the spelling of the name had been changed to Christoval. After flood in Aug. 1906, a tract of bottomland was purchased for a city park, which became popular Baptist campground and site of Confederate reunions, both attended by thousands of regional residents. A bath house, built in 1915 at nearby mineral wells, was first of several local health facilities. Arrival of the Panhandle & Santa Fe Railroad, in 1930, made Christoval a shipping point for area sheep, wool, and cattle industries.
(1973)

Christoval TX Tom Green Co post office info
Christoval TX Tom Green Co 1897 Postmark
Cover canceled with Christoval TX 1897 postmark
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Christoval was recommended for inclusion by native son Doug Roberts who wrote: "Hope you can include my old hometown soon - Christoval. Located on the Concho River south of San Angelo . Lots of history there with its old Baptist camp grounds, its ranching history &, of course, its six man football dominance in the 50's & 60's."

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Christoval, Texas Nearby Towns:
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Tankersley | Ben Ficklin | Knickerbocker
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