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Physical Features: Flat desert terrain with a few low-rolling hills; slopes to Pecos River; Red Bluff Reservoir; sandy, loam, clay soils.
Economy: Petroleum operations; cattle.
History: Land developers began operations in the late 19th century. Oil discovered in 1925. County created in 1887 from Tom Green County; organized in 1893, deorganized in 1897, again organized in 1931, the last county organized. Named for Oliver Loving, trail driver. Loving is Texas’ least populous county.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 70.4; Black, 1.4; Hispanic, 25.4; Asian, 0.0; Other, 2.8.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 0; deaths, 1; marriages, 2; divorces, 0.
Minerals: Oil, gas.
Agriculture: Some cattle. Market value $912,000.
MENTONE (21) county seat, oil-field supply center; the only town.
The road into Mentone. Photo by Robert Plocheck.