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TOYAHVALE, TEXAS

San Solomon Springs

Reeves County, West Texas
South of I-10 on Hwy 17
4 miles S of Balmorhea
43 miles SW of Pecos
32 miles N of Ft. Davis
55 miles West of Fort Stockton
Population: 60 est. (1990)

Toyahvale Area Hotels > Pecos Hotels
San salomon Springs pool in balmorhea State Park
The pool at Toyahvale
Water courtesy of San Solomon Springs

Photo Courtesy of TxDoT

History in a Pecan Shell

Before Balmorhea existed - the community of Pera more or less occupied the spot. The town shown as Huelster no longer exists, although the land remains in the Huelster family. Today Brogado maintains its separate identity.

Toyahvale was founded shortly after Reeves County was formed from Pecos County in 1884.

The post office was established in 1891 and was originally a stage stop between Fort Stockton and Ft. Davis. The submitted name being an amalgam of an Indian word for "flowing water" and the combination of the English words "valley" and "dale."

In 1899 there were three schools for fourteen students, but only one teacher. Toyahvale had a population of 25 people in 1925, jumping to 150 the next year when oil was being discovered all around West Texas and any town with a railroad was booming.

The post office closed in 1931, reopened in 1933, and the population dropped back to its core of 25 persons. It increased to 50 during the 1940s and has remained slightly above 50, but still well under a hundred since then.

Entering Toyahvale
Entering Toyahvale
Photo Courtesy Toyahvale Desert Oasis
San Solomon Springs in Balmorhea State Park offers West Texas visitors a special treat - but only if they're smart enough to stop. Thousands stream down Interstate 10 daily, unaware that one of the largest natural-bottomed pools in the U. S is just a few miles off the highway.

The pool retains 3.5 million gallons in a pool built with CCC labor.

There is never a crowd - even during the summer. The year-round water temperature of 74 - 76 degrees guarantees a nice swim and the park stays open all year.

Local information can be obtained from the post office and from The Toyahvale Desert Oasis. It is reported that the Dillinger gang once visited the area. John and friends found the area ideal for practicing law-evasion techniques.
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  • Balmorhea State Park >
  • Brewster Hudspeth Remembers: San Solomon Springs >
  • Reeves County TX 1920s Map
    Reeves County TX 1920s Map showing Toyahvale near Davis County line
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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