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if don't visit -
You're Not Likely to Visit
you'll miss the Ruffini courthouse and the pictographs
by Tim Buktu, Geography Editor
view in Sanderson
that they aren't interesting. They're just
a little out of the way and in most cases besides being a little short
of population, they're a little short on amenities as well. In some
cases you could put the entire populace in the courthouse (but they
probably wouldn't like it). Still they're in Texas,
so that makes them worthy of our interest.
Statistics come from The Dallas Morning News Texas Almanac
(Millennium Edition), a Texas Department of Transportation map of
Texas, and/or the 1990 census. If you really need an accurate count,
give them a call, they'd like to hear from you. They'd like to hear
In no particular order they are:
Suggested slogan: "You can't get lost in Paint Rock"
North of Eden,
(the county's second city). This one you just might visit (if you're
traveling between Ballinger
Paint Rock is named after the ancient pictographs along the banks
of the Concho River. A small cluster of buildings surround a tidy
courthouse that reassures Paint Rockers that they are the County Seat,
not the Colossus of Eden. The Concho
County Courthouse is by F.E. Ruffini and dates from 1886.
can be visited by car or tours can be arranged (325-732-4376).
You may have passed this one because you were too busy looking at
your gas gauge. It's on Highway 77 South of Kingsville
and North of Raymondville.
Take a picture of the Courthouse,
nobody will bother you. Look for gophers in the courthouse lawn. There
isn't much more to do. Population is up from 185 in '93.
Named after a member of the King-Kleberg Clan. Check out the gleaming
Land Company Office and it's matching garage. No shirt, no shoes,
no service. No problem. No stores. No restaurants. No bathrooms. Births:10.
Both Town and County named after the man who condensed milk. County
population about 750. Gail has about 190 and a museum. We'd like to
say more, but…
has a population of about 530, the county 880. (Births:3, Deaths:10)
Marriages:4 Divorces:4 (no information if they're the same people).
Not as many hotels as that other place, but they can put you up if
you decide to visit. Something to think about: There are more people
in Miami, Florida who wish they lived in Miami,
Texas than there are Texas Miamians who wished they lived in Florida.
Briscoe County has about 1920 people. While Silverton
has the majority (764), the county hasn't the lopsided numbers of
many under-populated counties.
the "second city" has a respectable 470. You'd expect more people
would live there with such an interesting name.
Population 160 with 175 more spread around the rest of the county.
According to statistics, there were 5 Marriages and 1 divorce. People
tend to stay married because replacements are hard to come by. Births
and deaths were tied at 1.
Second City is Dumont
with a population of 85.
has 2,225 of the counties 3,372 citizens. Whether you pronounce it
like the Cadillac or the town in Arkansas, it doesn't change the population.
"Cactus Capital of Texas"
The rest of the county is a thriving 287 for a total of 1163.
Terrell's births are 12 to Death's 13. According to our almanac, there
is one Black person and he is outnumbered 2 to 1 by the Asian hordes
of Terrell County. Sanderson
is also the former home of Tex Toler.
Dryden has 13 people.
Population 650 with a county wide total at 1520. Death is winning
over births 14 to 11.
Sherwood (pop 73) with it's beautiful 1901 courthouse is
the former county seat.
A town so nice they incorporated twice - Around
1906 or so, people weren't paying their taxes so the county was dissolved
and absorbed into neighboring Reeves County. Reeves billed the owners
for back taxes and when they were paid, the Lovingites got their county
Never before have so few lived around so much with so little.
Named after Oliver Loving, co-founder of the Loving-Goodnight Cattle
Trail. Mentone has no newspaper, movie theater, airport, or banks.
A short time ago the phone company was threatening to disconnect the
only pay phone in the county.
Mentonites are alone and Loving it. Mentone leads the state
in zero population growth. Births:0. Deaths:0. According to the Almanac,
the entire county population lives in Mentone.
I just discovered your site. I am short of time but I can't wait to
explore it more in the future. And, yes, I have it bookmarked. My
wife and I are seasoned Texas travelers and explorers and of the 10
countyseats one is not likely to visit we have visited 6 (and we have
visited 13 of the ghost towns listed). The saddest photo is the one
of the Stiles courthouse. We didn't know it had been burned. Thanks
for the work you have done.- Ron Arlington, June 21, 2001
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