|Richest Little County In America
In a photo journal report,
Time.com reported in July 2011 that Loving county was the richest
little county in the U.S. Measured per capita, the residents of Loving
County, Texas are amongst the nation's wealthiest.
The average per capita income of a Loving
County resident is $89,471.
The Only Game In Town
According to TxLottery.org,
the seventy Loving County residents spent $ 56,509.00 on Texas Lottery
tickets in 2004.
Loving County Courthouse,
Welcome to Loving County, the Land
October 8, 2004
Imagine there are no lawyers. It's easy if you try. No litigation to
bother us. Above us only sky.
Loving County is famous for what it doesn't have. There are no active
schools, no movie theaters and no grocery stores -- it's a 50-mile round
trip to buy a loaf of bread.
And not one of its residents holds a law degree.
"Well, goodness," says Billy Hopper, Loving County's chief deputy
sheriff, "if you've got to have rattlesnakes or lawyers, which one would
Nevertheless, the Loving County Courthouse seems to run fine without
them. . . .
Loving County Texas
Keeping is easy at the Loving County Courthouse
Beverly Hanson, who serves as Loving County's district
and county clerk. only needs four metal, double-row
filing cabinets to store all the county's district court
files dating back more than 30 years.
October 8, 2004
was little, I couldn't wait to leave," said Beverly
Hanson, Loving County Clerk. Then, she said, "I went to
see the bright lights" — she became an apartment manager
in Dallas — married and divorced and happily returned
home. "I knew I was safe here," she said.
Arena: August 2005
Libertarian National Committee
Free County Project? The St.
Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported July 13 that a
five-acre island in the Upper Tampa Bay was recently put
up for sale on Ebay. The current owner is Larry
Pendarvis, who (according to the Times) wants to sell
the land and use the money to "help finance a
Libertarian-led government in remote Loving
County, Texas -- population 67."
Mess With Texas, Lose
Ringmasters of the
Free Town Project
show up in Loving County,
and according to Sheriff Billy Burt Hopper, they're
lookin' for trouble.
Towners attempted to buy some land in the county with an
eye toward moving in enough sympathetic citizens to
allow them to "win most of the elected offices in the
county administration" and "restore [Loving County] to
Cafe, 1 Gas Station, 2 Roads: America's Emptiest County
RALPH BLUMENTHAL, New York Times
Published: February 25, 2006
MENTONE, Tex. — How empty is Loving County...
So empty that when Sheriff Billy Burt Hopper ran for office in 2004, he
and his opponent attended each other's campaign barbecues. So empty that it
cannot sustain two political parties: Republicans and Democrats all call
themselves Democrats and vote in a single primary. . .
Sheriff Billy Burt Hopper patrols Loving County, in West Texas, in a pickup
truck with two shotguns and an AK-47.
Faction attempts takeover of Loving County
elected sheriff had barely pinned on his star in January 2005, he
recalled, when his phone rang with an old-fashioned warning: "You
don't know it, but you're in trouble." A group was planning a
takeover of the county, said the caller, a woman in Arizona who
promised to send him some information by e-mail. . .
Read the full Article from the New York Times
Respond to Foiled County Takeover
In November of 2005 Texas
Rangers notified Libertarian Larry Pendarvis that he and other
Libertarians were wanted for 'knowingly making a false statement on a voter
registration application'. The charges could be upgraded to conspiracy.
Pendarvis responded with charges of his own. . .
Collision in Downtown Mentone! or The Loneliness
of the Long Distance Roadrunner
There is a Loving County Courthouse and a Loving County/Mentone post
office. There may or may not be a café. It's hard to tell if it's open.
Our visit occurred on a Sunday morning, which traditionally is a slow
day for Mentone. We were following a roadrunner down the main street
(observing all traffic laws), hoping he/she would pause so we could
photograph him/ her. There was a snake in his/her mouth, but this is not
unusual. Especially in Mentone. The roadrunner was avoiding us and was
still trying to keep his/her grip on the snake when it (the roadrunner)
collided with a rabbit. Evidently the rabbit was so shocked at seeing
humans that he/she froze and the preoccupied roadrunner almost impaled
him/her with his/her beak. The rabbit quickly came to his/her senses and
resumed normal rabbit activity in Sunday morning Mentone. . .