Loving County is named for Oliver Loving, who was a cattle rancher and pioneer of the cattle drive who with Charles Goodnight developed the Goodnight-Loving Trail.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Lea County, New Mexico
E – Winkler County
Created: February 26, 1887
Mentone 1893 / 1931 – present
County Courthouse – Mentone
Location: 100 Bell Street / Dallas Street
Built: 1934 – 1935
Architect: Evan J Wood
Contractor: Evan J Wood
Description: The building faces southeast and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious grounds in the center of Mentone. The southeast front has a framed central entrance on the first story. A thin horizontal belt runs between the first and second stories and below the flat roof line. In the interior is a wood staircase ascending to the second story where the courtroom is located on the east side. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court. The building was renovated in 1977 to 1978, The architect was McMurtry and Craig and the contractor was Oasis Builders, Inc.
County Courthouse Annex - Mentone
Location: 100 Collins Street / Dallas Street
Built: 2010 – 2011
Style: Modern Adobe
Architect: Grimes & Associates
Contractor: Grimes & Associates
Description: The building faces southeast and is a one story white colored stucco and concrete structure. The long rectangular building is located on the northwest side of the courthouse in the center of Mentone. The center section projects from the main building and rising to a gable roof line. Along the flat roof line are protruding logs. The building houses the County Justice Court. The building is named as the Hopper Annex Building.
Note: The cost of construction of the Courthouse Annex was $1,900,000.
History: The county was created in 1887 and was organized in 1931. The first courthouse was a wood structure designed by O L Shearer and built in 1931. The second and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $25,000.
County Courthouse - Mentone
County Courthouse Annex
Photos taken 2014 and 2019