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Old 06-23-2006, 09:01 PM
 
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Just looking around and saw that Loving County only has like 100 people in it and only one town: Mentone. Anyone know any additional information about Loving County?

Thanks.
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:47 PM
 
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It's not much but a caliche desert.Last I knew the 100 people who for whatever reason choose to live there have to haul water to their houses from a community tank because the groundwater is too salty to drink.That corner of Texas/New Mexico and out to Midland and up to Eunice,NM is the most God awful place there is.I once had car problems on a Friday at about 6 PM on the way to Guadelupe Peak,just south of the "town" of Orla,not far from Mentone.Talk about a lonely,lonely feeling.
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Old 06-24-2006, 05:34 PM
 
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Wow. So more desolate than I thought. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:54 AM
 
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Yea, latest population for Loving is about 60, 10 living in Mentone, I think... Way too small...lol
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Old 07-16-2006, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Rockport
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Well there may be only 60 people but isnt anyone considering the 100 cows and 550 rattlesnakes? Gosh you guys make it seem smaller than it really is LOL
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Old 08-28-2006, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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It's definitely a lonely place. According to the Texas Almanac, the population went from 81 to 67 between 1990 and 2000. Not much "loving" going on there.
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I just passed through Mentone today on my way back to El Paso. I understand it's the smallest county seat in the USA. They do have a two-story courthouse, though. The "housing" in that town looked, uh... substandard. Not a place where I'd want to spend any time.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Live Oak Co. in the Great Republic of Texas!
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Loving County is one of those places that I think you either have to be extremely attatched to the land or have done something really bad and are on the lam and don't want to be found to stay at.

I like secluded places in west Texas (like Pumpville), but Loving County is pushing it even for me. My hat is definately off to anyone that lives there.
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Old 03-27-2008, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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An interesting bit of history about Mentone is that it allowed people who did actually live there to vote in elections if they would testify to an intention to live there. A group of libertarians tried to this policy to take over the local government and make it into a sanctuary city for certain crimes (drugs, incest, etc.). The sheriff of Loving county however put end to that and threatened to arrest the libertarians.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Default "Substandard"...

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The "housing" in that town looked, uh... substandard. Not a place where I'd want to spend any time.
Boy, ain't that the truth... Did you notice the trailer home with the roof-high garbage pile in the back?
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