Loving County, Texas

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Loving County
The Loving County Courthouse in Mentone
The Loving County Courthouse in Mentone
Map of Texas highlighting Loving County.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County SeatMentone
Area
 • Total677 sq mi (1,750 km2)
 • Land669 sq mi (1,730 km2)
 • Water7.8 sq mi (20 km2)  1.1%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total82
 • Density0.12/sq mi (0.047/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)

Loving County is a county in the state of Texas in the United States. It is the United States' smallest county by number of people.[1] In 2000, only 67 people lived there. The county seat is Mentone.

The County is named for Oliver Loving, a cattle farmer who, along with Charles Goodnight, developed the Goodnight-Loving Trail. He died of wounds from Comanches while on a cattle drive in 1867 near the county.

References[change | change source]

  1. Blumenthal, Ralph (25 February 2006). "1 Cafe, 1 Gas Station, 2 Roads: America's Emptiest County" – via NYTimes.com.