Christoval, Texas

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Christoval is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tom Green County, Texas, United States. The population was 422 at the 2000 census. It is part of the San Angelo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Christoval is located at 31°11′38″N 100°29′39″W / 31.19389°N 100.49417°W / 31.19389; -100.49417 (31.193947, -100.494115).[3] It is situated approximately twenty miles south of San Angelo in southern Tom Green County around the area of Loop 110, U.S. Highway 277, and FM 2084.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all of it land.

The South Concho River runs through Christoval, and serves as a water supply to the surrounding area. It was the location of a resort from the 1930s to the early 1960s, near where U.S. 277 crosses the river.

History

The community, which has also been known as South Concho and Delong, is said to be named after early settler Christopher Columbus Doty. A post office was established in 1889 and a local school was operating by 1901. By 1914, Christoval had an estimated population of 200, two general stores, and a newspaper – the Christoval Observer. Through the 1930s, a Baptist encampment was held annually that attracted as many as 10,000 persons to the South Concho River area and the mineral waters in nearby Christoval also attracted visitors and settlers. The population peaked at around 500 in the 1930s before declining to approximately 400 in the mid-1950s and 200 by the mid-1970s. The rerouting of U.S. Highway 277 in 1987 was expected to bring a further decline, but the population wasn't significantly impacted by the change. In 2000, a total of twenty-nine businesses were operating in Christoval.[5]

Christoval is the hometown of actor Colby Donaldson, of Survivor fame.

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