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.
Pandale had 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.
Today Pandale serves as a drop off point for canoeists wanting to
the Pecos. The name Pandale is also given to a particular type
of arrowhead or "point" that was originally discovered here.
/ Schoolhouse in Pandale
Photo courtesy Erik
Whetstone, August 2005
by David Armstrong
"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".
Up 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 the background."
|Remains of the
Photos courtesy David Armstrong, 2005
Photos courtesy David Armstrong, 2005
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
Thank you for Texas Escapes, It is a frequent destination when time
permits" - David Armstrong, February 27, 2011
Texas Area Destinations
Welcome Station and Judge Roy Bean's Jersey Lily combination Courtroom
Canyon State Park
20 miles East of Langtry - Hiking tours visit 4,000 year-old pictographs
at Fate Bell Shelter - Wednesday through Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and
3:00 p.m. - 915- 292 - 4464
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
Hotels > Ozona
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, Uvalde
and 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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