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Near Toyahvale in Reeves County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

San Solomon Spring

 
 
San Solomon Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, September 10, 2012
1. San Solomon Spring Marker
Inscription.  Called "Mescalero Spring" in 1849, when watering corn and peaches of the Mescalero Apaches. To Ft. Davis soldiers, 1856, was "Head Spring". Present name given by first permanent settlers, Mexican farmers.

Miller, Lyles and Murphy in 1871 began large-scale commercial irrigation. Murphy built first canals.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4557.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHispanic AmericansNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Antonio de Espejo Entrada of 1582-1583 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
 
Location. 30° 56.648′ N, 103° 47.217′ W. Marker is near Toyahvale, Texas, in Reeves County. Marker is on Texas Park Road 30 near Texas Highway 17, on the right when traveling south. Located inside Balmorhea State Park on the wall by the entrance to the bathhouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Balmorhea TX 79718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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flies. Mission Mary (approx. 2˝ miles away); Jerry Ray M. Mendoza (approx. 3.8 miles away); Cpl Larry A Bradley (approx. 4 miles away); In Tribute to All Veterans of the United States (approx. 4 miles away); American Legion Memorial (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers related to Ft. Davis
 
Also see . . .
1. Toyahvale, Tx. Wikipedia entry for Toyahvale. The word "Toyah" is said to be a Comanche word meaning "flowing water" or "much water". (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Antonio de Espejo and Jumano Indians, Handbook of Texas Online. In 1583 the entrada of Antonio de Espejo stopped at the springs, guided by Jumano Indians, enroute from Toyah Creek (near present Pecos, TX) to La Junta de los Rios (near present Presidio, TX and Ojinaga, Mexico on the Rio Grande). (Submitted on September 23, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
San Solomon Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, September 10, 2012
2. San Solomon Spring Marker
Marker is on wall near entrance of bathhouse, shown here.
View of springs with foothills of Davis Mountains in distance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, September 10, 2012
3. View of springs with foothills of Davis Mountains in distance
Headwater Catfish image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, April 14, 2014
4. Headwater Catfish
A descriptive sign provides information on "Headwater Catfish" found in the springs. The Espejo entrada reported fishing for catfish in neighboring Toyah Creek (Hickerson, Nancy Parrott. The Jumanos: Hunters and Traders of the South Plains. Austin: U of Texas, 1994)
Balmorhea swimming pool image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kayla Harper, July 9, 2023
5. Balmorhea swimming pool
San Solomon Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Winter, June 20, 2016
6. San Solomon Spring Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,017 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   4. submitted on April 27, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   5. submitted on July 23, 2023, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas.   6. submitted on November 17, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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