MENTONE, Texas – Population 19, Mentone endures in the desert of West Texas. Surrounded by ranches and an oil field, this outpost is the seat of the least populous county in the state. The community consists of a gas station, an abandoned cafe, several houses, and the two-story Loving County Courthouse. The drinking water arrived by truck until 1988 and students attend class in the neighboring city of Wink. Here, where Highway 302 sees more roadrunners than residents, life persists.