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Val Verde County, West Texas

30° 9' 7" N, 101° 6' 55" W (30.151944, -101.115278)

State Highway 163
1.5 miles south of Ranch Road 189
just west of the Devil's River
48 miles NW of Del Rio the county seat
Population: 10 (est.)

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OLD EE Stricklen Ranch Juno Texas
OLD EE Stricklen Ranch of Juno
painted by Carcie B. Stricklen 11-10-1971.

Photo courtesy Ian McGill

History in a Pecan Shell

The supposed origin of the town name had nothing to do with goddesses, astronomy or rotund women.

According to legend:
There was a café that was run by a man who liked to keep things simple. Beans were the only food item served and beer the only beverage. When local patrons would ask "what's on the menu" he replied "Ju know".

The local joke somehow got put on the post office application and it sounded good to the postal authorities who approved it.

Juno Texas schoolhouse
Juno schoolhouse
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
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A timeline of significant historic events in Juno

1849: troops were stationed at nearby Beaver Lake, to protect travelers from Indians.

1880s: the communityestablished itself as a ranching supply center and the post office opened.

1899: the townsite was surveyed, and fifty lots were laid out.

1901: the town had segregated schools (in the same building) with a combined enrollment of over 115 students. A hotel was opened and the town was served by a stage line.

For 40 years the population hovered around 75 people, but in 1966 it had shrunk to only 50. It declined further, until only 10 people lived there from 1968 to 1990.

In 1984 the last business in Juno closed and the post office has been closed since 1975.

The story of Juno might have had a happier ending if the café had only expaned their menu.

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Juno Texas landscape
The old playground in Juno
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005

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Photographer's Note:
"As you can see from my photos little is left in Juno. Whoever owned the school buildings and equipment has removed all that. The property belonging to the school is still fenced and locked.

Mayfield's Country Store - Mayfield is a family name. J.C. MAYFIELD I believe. Went by JAKE. A local rancher from what I can find. Opened the store as Juno businesses were drying up." - Bill Rigney, June 16, 2016

Juno Texas landscape
Fenced in
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

Juno Texas - cactus & ruins
Cactus & ruins
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

Juno Texas
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

Juno Texas structure
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

Juno Texas structure
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

 Texas  - Juno Crossing
Juno Crossing
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

Juno Texas - Mayfield's Country Store beer, wine & Pepsi sign
"Beer - Wine"
Mayfield's Country Store

Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

Juno Texas - Mayfield's Country Store
"Mayfield's Country Store was close to Juno. May be 3 to 4 miles. It is still there owned by someone who appears to be living there. A long time ago I stopped here when it was still a store. Bought fuel and a few odds and ends while wandering around inside." - Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008 photo

Juno Texas - Mayfield's Country Store - mileage chart
Juno's distance to Mexico
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

Juno Texas - Mayfield's Country Store - mileage chart
Juno's distance to Texas towns
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008

Juno Texas - Mayfield's Country Store sign
Mayfield's Country Store sign
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney Jr., November 2008
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Juno TX 1912 postmark
Juno TX 1912 postmark
Postcard cancelld with 1912 Juno, Texas postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Juno, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Juno Texas
    I happen to buy this painting at a garage sale several months ago near my home in Austin and through a friend stumbled upon your site. The painting is of the OLD EE Stricklen Ranch Juno Texas and was painted 11-10-1971 by Carcie B. Stricklen. This information is printed on the back of the frame. It is a beautiful landscape painting and I am planning a road trip in the fall to see if I am able to find it. I hope that you find this information helpful. - Ian McGill, July 02, 2006

  • Subject: Juno School
    First let me just say that I got so excited when I came across [your magazine] and saw a picture of the old Juno school house and playground.

    My mother was actually the last teacher to teach at that school. My family moved to Juno in 1990 and lived there until 1992, when the school was shut down. I have so many stories to share that I am not even sure where to begin. I have often wondered if the school was ever torn down and what became of the Mayfield Country Store that was just four miles up the road. I also wondered what happened to the people of Juno after we left. I have especially wondered what became of my old classmates and how they did at the "big school" in Comstock. Some of us were pen pals for a short time but ended up losing touch. I went through 4th and 5th grade at the school. We were such a tight knit little group. We would have end of school BBQs, Christmas parties, Mother's Day lunches, pizza parties for good behavior. My family lived in a house that was right next to the school. It was owned by the district and we were told that the district would have it removed when the school closed.

    We used to have a rainy season in Juno. If I remember correctly it was sometime around September and October. This is the time of year when the rains were the heaviest. The rain would flood the crossings and draws making it impossible for the other students to get to school. So on those days we would have to cancel school. Another great memory is going out to the flag pole every morning and raising the flag, then taking it down each evening.

    I have not been to Juno since we left in '92 but Juno has never left my heart. I have plenty more stories to share so if you care to hear more, feel free to contact me via e-mail. I also have a photo album of our days at the Juno school house. - Bridget Loza, Bridget.Loza@wwt.com, Juno Common School District Alumni, Dallas, Texas, September 08, 2006

  • Val Verde County TX 1940s Map
    Val Verde County 1940s map showing Devil's River & Juno
    near Crockett & Sutton County lines
    From Texas state map #4335
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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