Pandale, Texas

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Val Verde County, Texas

Pandale is a ghost town in Val Verde County, Texas, United States. It is a small town whose current population is smaller than in some previous years. It has been noted as a starting point for canoeing expeditions.

Location and Population[edit]

Pandale is located in Val Verde County at the end of Farm Road 1024. It is located near the Pecos River. The town can also be reached by an unpaved road heading southwest from Ozona. [1] The population in 2000 was 20.


Prehistoric people lived in the area and left relics, such as arrowheads, one of which is called a “Pandale”. [2] The name of Pandale originates from its pan-like shape (pan) location in a valley (dale). The town began as a settlement where a crossing was established on the Pecos River. Around 1928, the town became a ranching community. There was once a school in the town but it closed when the school district was consolidated with the Comstock Independent School District in 1969. The last business closed in 1973. There is no longer a post office in the town. [1]

Structures in Pandale consist of a two-story stone house once owned by Henry James Young Mills, an out building that was formerly a garage and general store, also owned by the Mills family and a single room school house which was also used for Sunday school. [3]


Pandale is a frequented area to begin a canoeing journey down the Pecos River. The journey requires preparedness and good physical conditioning. [4]


External links[edit]

Pandale is mentioned briefly in the Cormac McCarthy novel All the Pretty Horses.

Coordinates: 30°11′04″N 101°33′03″W / 30.18444°N 101.55083°W / 30.18444; -101.55083