Loving County, Texas

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Loving County, Texas

Loving County features flat desert terrain with a few low-rolling hills that slope to the Pecos River. Land features sandy , loam, and clay soils and includes Red Bluff Reservoir. Local economy consists of oil and gas, and cattle.

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Where is Loving County, Texas?

  • Loving County, the smallest county in the Permian Basin of West Texas, is bounded on the east by Winkler County, on the south by Ward County, on the west by the Pecos River and Reeves County, and on the north by Eddy and Lea counties, New Mexico. The center of the county lies at 31°50' north latitude and 103°35' west longitude. Mentone, the county seat and only town in the county, is located in its southwestern corner seventy-five miles west of Odessa. Loving County consists of 671 square miles of flat desert terrain with a few low-rolling hills stretching over calichified bedrock and wash deposits of pebbles, gravel, and sand.

  • It is also the fastest growing county in the state of Texas, with a 106.10% increase in population between 2010 and 2019. Loving County has no incorporated communities; its county seat and only community is Mentone. The county was originally created in 1887, and after being disorganized in 1897, was reorganized in 1931.

Adjacent Counties

  • Lea County, New Mexico (north/Mountain Time Zone)
  • Winkler County (east)
  • Ward County (southeast)
  • Reeves County (southwest)
  • Eddy County, New Mexico (northwest/Mountain Time Zone)

Sites and Attractions in Loving County 

  • The Young County Arena is a multipurpose event center offering 277,000 sq ft or 6.2 acres under one roof. Events are held nightly at the arena including activities such as Rodeos, Bull Riding Competitions, Team Ropings, Reinings, Reined Cow Horse Shows, Antique Tractor Pulls, Arena MX Motorcross, Wild Game Dinners, Circuses, Concerts, Barrel Racing Competitions, Dog Shows, and Livestock Shows.
  • The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is shared by two Native American tribes, the A'aninin and the Nakoda. The reservation covers 1,014 sq mi, and is located in north-central Montana. The total area includes the main portion of their homeland and off-reservation trust land.
  • Fort Richardson was a United States Army installation located in present-day Jacksboro, Texas. Named in honor of Union General Israel B. Richardson, who died in the Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War, it was active from 1867 to 1878.
  • In 1936 Red Bluff Dam was built across the Pecos on the Texas-New Mexico boundary for irrigation and recreation. Water from the Pecos, however, is too saline for drinking, so the 100 residents of the county haul water from a community tank.

Farming and Ranching in Loving County

  • Elevations vary from 2,686 to 3,311 feet above sea level. Temperatures vary from an average low of 29° F in January to an average high of 96° in July. The growing season lasts 222 days. Rainfall averages just over ten inches. The county has an immature drainage system made up of hundreds of playas and dry draws that feed into the Pecos only after heavy rainfall. 
  • At the end of the 1980s Loving County had no economic farming or manufacturing. The economy was based on oil and gas production; in 1986 crude oil production was more than 1.7 million barrels, gas-well gas totaled 42.3 billion cubic feet, and casinghead gas production was 3.9 billion cubic feet. Although petroleum gave the small population of Loving County the highest per-capita income of all United States counties ($34,173), the area was isolated and undeveloped.
 

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