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County is situated
in Southwest Texas, on the line of the Texas
Railroad. It was formed from a part of Pecos County in 1883, named in honor of George.
R. Reeves, and given county
following year. Its estimated population is 7,000; Pecos, the
county seat, has about 2,000 and Toyah, 700.
The county's population has doubled in the last eighteen
months. In 2000, its population was 13,137. The surface of the
eastern portion is level; in the western portion the Davis
Mountains are located. There is a scattering growth of
mesquite timber suitable for fire
The first people to inhabit
Reeves County lived in the rock shelters and caves around the
edge of the Barrilla Hills and built permanent camps near
Phantom Lake, San Solomon Spring, and Toyah Creek. These
prehistoric people left behind artifacts and pictographs as
evidence of their presence. The Jumano Indians irrigated crops
of corn and peaches from San Solomon Spring, where Balmorhea
State Recreation Area is now located. Three Jumanos met the
expedition of Antonio de Espejo near Toyah Lake in 1583, and guided
explorers to La Junta by a better route. Settlers of Mexican
descent farmed in the county's Madera Valley from early times.
In 1849 John S. Ford traveled along Toyah Creek and noted
the productive land upon which the Mescalero Indians
cultivated corn. Farmers of Mexican descent who irrigated from
San Solomon Spring in the last half of the nineteenth century
found a lucrative market for grains, vegetables, and beef at
Fort Davis. The first Anglo farmers arrived in Toyah Valley in
1871, when George B. and Robert E. Lyle began irrigating crops
from Toyah Creek. Open range ranching first attracted white
settlers to the Davis Mountains in
* Huelster * Balmorhea
* Lindsay * Pecos
* Alamo *
Angeles * Arno * Brogado * Crystal Water *
Dixieland * Hermosa * Hoban * Lyles *
Mont Clair * Panama * Pera * Pyle
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