pool at Toyahvale
Water courtesy of San Solomon Springs
Photo Courtesy of TxDoT
in a Pecan Shell
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.
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.
Photo Courtesy Toyahvale Desert Oasis
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.
County TX 1920s Map showing Toyahvale near Davis County line
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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