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Mentone, TX is a census-designated place in Loving County, Texas. As
the county's only community, it serves as the county seat and has a
2010 population of 19, almost a quarter of the county's 82 people.
Mentone was until recently the least-populated county seat in the
United States, but lost that distinction with the 2010 census to Gann
Valley, South Dakota, which has a population of 14." It's just below
the southeast corner of New Mexico. 60 miles west of Midland and
Odessa. It's about 14 square blocks.
During its heyday, Mentone boasted five cafes, five gas stations, two
hotels, two drugstores, two recreation halls, two barbershops, a dance
hall, a machine shop and a dry cleaner. It also had its own newspaper,
the Mentone Monitor, which published from 1932 to 1935. After reaching
a high population mark of approximately 600 residents in the 1930s,
the population has declined ever since, and in 2000 there were only 15
people, "more or less", according to National Geographic magazine (the
total population of Loving County itself (as of 2010) is 82.)
Today, according to National Geographic, Mentone contains a
courthouse, two stop signs, gas station, post office, school building
(Mentone schools were closed in the 1970s and merged with nearby Wink
schools, because enrollment had fallen to just two pupils), a cafe
(known as the Boot Track Cafe), and little else. A volunteer fire
department serves the town, but there are no hospitals or cemeteries,
and no doctors or lawyers. The local cafe allows smoking, but does not
accept credit cards. Until 1988, Mentone had no potable water of its
own; local wells yielded water with a high mineral content that
clogged pipes and killed grass. Drinking water was trucked in from
Pecos, 23 miles (37 km) away, until recent improvements guaranteed the
potability of Mentone's water.
Dixville Notch is an unincorporated community in Dixville township
of Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. The population of the
township, all of whom live in Dixville Notch, was 12 at the 2010
census. The village is known for being one of the first places to
declare its results during United States presidential elections and
the New Hampshire primary. It is located in the far north of the
state, approximately 20 miles (30 km) from Canada.
(Don't blink lest you MISS it!)
Yet, the media invariably *cover* this "non-event" each election season!
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