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Lost Towns of the Pecos
Arno, Orla, Porterville and Verhalen

Photos by Charlene Beatty Beauchamp and Rob Hann


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Pecos River
PECOS RIVER

The swirling waters of the Pecos River divide Reeves and Loving Counties

Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
Arno, Texas ghost town


ARNO

There isn't much left of Arno - but what is left is elevated

Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
View of Mentone from Porterville


PORTERVILLE

Mentone as seen from the "Grand Canyon" near Porterville

Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
A gravel quarry know as Grand Canyon
An abandoned gravel quarry is known to locals as the "Grand Canyon"

Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
Historic church in Mentone
The wood frame church in Mentone (oldest building in Loving County) was moved from the former town of Porterville.

Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
Sheriff Punk Jones of Loving County, Texas
Sheriff Punk Jones, now retired, served the longest term of office in Loving County History. Behind the Sheriff is the Loving County Courthouse in Mentone.

Photo Courtesy Punk Jones
purple cactus in West Texas
West of the Pecos things aren't always predictable: A slightly off-color cactus.

Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
Cafe in Orla Texas
ORLA

A view of the business section of Orla

Photo courtesy Rob Hann
Ruin of a barn
VERHALEN

South of Pecos on the road to Balmorhea is Verhalen

Photo Courtesy Rob Hann

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