Leaving Odessa behind we continued Westward.
Monahans is the county seat of Ward County. The county seat was originally Barstow and they had a lovely red limestone courthouse that was built in 1893 (demolished). In 1938 Monahans became the county seat and in 1940 a moderne style courthouse was completed. The front is completely hidden behind trees, but we went inside and I found a picture of what it used to look like.
We took a large detour and went to visit Mentone, the county seat of Loving County. Loving County has the dubious distinction of being the least populated county in Texas. The courthouse is a two story square with a few cool Art Deco designs. It was built in 1935.
People do pass through town, and one left behind a letterbox for us to look for. “Everybody’s Got to Be Somewhere”. We didn’t find it, but we did find a geocache.
Heading back to I-20 we stopped in Pecos. We visited the Texas & Pacific Railroad Depot. Nice brick building that has undergone some restoration.
Next to it was an old yellow caboose.
Across the street is the museum.
There is a nice fountain in the Museum’s courtyard. The birds were enjoying the water until I came up.
We went looking for the old cemetery. Sad to see it going to ruin.