we're told, takes its name from its pan-like shape and it's location in a valley
(dale). There isn't as much in Pandale as there once was, but there's still more
here than there is for forty miles in any direction.|
The Official State
Highway map shows Pandale as being on the end of FM 1024, which it is. However,
it can also be reached heading Southwest out of Ozona,
although the paved road ends at the Crockett County line.
a post office (occupying 6 different locations ) from 1909 until 1977. Their school
consolidated with the Comstock
ISD in 1969 and their last business closed its doors in 1973.
Pandale serves as a drop off point for canoeists wanting to canoe
the Pecos. The name Pandale is also given to a particular type of arrowhead
or "point" that was originally discovered here.
Center / Schoolhouse in Pandale|
Photo courtesy Erik
Whetstone, August 2005
"Pandale and the Pecos
River that runs near it is just about my favorite place on earth. My brother
roughnecked in that area in the 70's and would always spend time there camping
when he could. The scenery is beautiful and the river runs cold even in the 100
degree plus summer days.
That area of the Pecos
River once had a large indian population and while walking along the river
bank you will find more worked pieces of flint than is possible to count and in
many of he nearby hills it is quite easy to spot indian caves, however, they are
all on private property and not accessable unless you "know someone".
until the mid 90's, FM 2083 that runs from Ozona,
through Pandale, and then on to Langtry,
crossed the Pecos
via a Low Water Bridge and would become impassable during heavy rains. In the
following pictures you can see remains of the old bridge and the new bridge in
of the old bridge|
Photos courtesy David Armstrong, 2005
Photos courtesy David Armstrong, 2005
|"Now, (the last
time I was there in 2005), Pandale does have an open business, a camping area
with a small store at the old crossing location. I wish I knew more of the area
history, I bet it would be colorful and interesting. |
Thank you for Texas
Escapes, It is a frequent destination when time permits" - David Armstrong,
February 27, 2011
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US 90 at Pecos River - Both sides of Hwy 90 offer rest
areas with stunning views of Pecos River South side has more more encompassing
view along with picnic tables.
a point on the river where the traveler becomes committed to the rest of the trip.
That point, for me, is reached at mile six - whether the destination or just an
overnight stop. As a destination, the return trip to Pandale is a short hike.
Boulders, swift water, sun, heat and isolation ensure only the most determined
and well-prepared canoers make the 60-mile trip through Val Verde County from
Pandale to the new temporary boat ramp near the Rio Grande... more
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My dear mother, Lorene Earwood (Gilmore), spent her young years
with her then husband, Floyd Earwood on a ranch near Pandale, Texas. Their marriage
would've been 1918-1927 She later lived with her Aunt Ida and Guenard Stephenson
on another large ranch near Pandale.
She told me many times of how a
lady rode horseback across the Pecos River Railroad Bridge to collect her mail!!!!
I think that the time frame [was] 1915-17.
I cannot imagine anyone in
this era doing the same. Do you or any of your readers have any information about
this brave woman?
I am sure the Earwood Family(at least some of them)
still live the Del Rio,
maybe even Pandale area. I know the Stephenson family were prominent ranch family
and they lived in Sonora. Mother and
Mr. Earwood divorced in 1928-29 . Mother and Mr. Earwood had a five-year-old son
named Norman who was dragged to death on the Pandale ranch. He is buried in Del
I wish I could tell you more. Mother repeated this story all
my life. I wish I had listened and ask more questions! - Thank You - Colleen
Gilmore Collier, October 31, 2005
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Val Verde County map showing Pandale near Crockett and Terrell County lines. Courtesy
Texas General Land Office|
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