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CHRISTOVAL, TEXAS

Tom Green County, West Texas / Texas Panhandle
Loop 110, Highway 277 and FM 2084
20 Miles S of San Angelo
Population: 422 (2000)

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Christoval, Texas downtown
Downtown Christoval
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

The community, which has also been known as South Concho and Delong, Texas, is said to be named after early settler Christopher Columbus Doty. The town was granted a post office in 1889 and by 1914 there were 200 people living here, shopping at two stores and reading their news from the Christoval Observer.

You would never know it today but tiny Christoval once hosted an annual Baptist encampment (into the 1930s) that attracted 10,000 people. Mineral waters helped keep attendance up and most of them arrived on the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railroad. The population peaked in the 1930s when 544 people call Christoval home.

After WWII the population dropped to just 400 and by 1973 it had declined to just over 200, remaining there through the 1980s. In 1987 highway 277 was rerouted, bypassing Christoval and it was thought by some that the community was finished. But both business and population has increased and its unusual terrain and abundance of trees has attracted people looking for a tranquil life.
Christoval, Texas Baptist church

Christoval Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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Christoval Masonic Lodge,  Christoval  Texas

Christoval Masonic Lodge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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Christoval Texas Coca-Cola sign

Coca-Cola sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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Chriistoval Texas Historical Marker

Christoval Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006

Christoval was recommended for inclusion by native son Doug Roberts who wrote: "Hope you can include my old hometown soon - Christoval. Located on the Concho River south of San Angelo . Lots of history there with its old Baptist camp grounds, its ranching history &, of course, its six man football dominance in the 50's & 60's."

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Christoval, Texas
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