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Loving, on State Highway 114 eighteen miles southeast of Olney and twelve miles northeast of Graham in northeastern Young County, was once part of the Lost Valley Loving Ranch. It was on the Goodnight-Loving Trail and was named for the Oliver Loving family. The town was reportedly moved about one mile north to gain rail access with the 1910 construction of the Gulf, Texas and Western Railroad through the area, though other sources say the town was originally two miles east of the present site. B. B. Cain, trustee for the Trinity Townsite Company, platted the new town on land purchased from M. H. and W. T. Steadham. Other early settlers in the area included A. J. Wheat, A. E. Oatman, D. H. Norris, L. C. Deering, W. H. Smith, and W. T. Long. The community's growth was steady, and by the 1930s Loving had a school, a bank, and several churches and businesses. Grain and poultry were produced locally. The community's population reached 350 in 1940 but declined to 240 by 1980. In 1986 the town had a post office and nine businesses. Its population was reported at 240 in 1990 and 300 in 2000.

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Annie Lee Shelton | © TSHA

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists


Place type

Loving is classified as a Town


Latitude: 33.26427870
Longitude: -98.51061070

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Loving by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
143 2020 United States Census Bureau
300 2014 Local Officials