|City Of Balmorhea
"Oasis Of West Texas"
Balmorhea, TX 79718
|Come visit the uniqueness and the beauty of
Balmorhea, created by the continuous flow of
water from San Solomon Springs. Enjoy the
spectacular scenery and warm hospitality.
History The Original inhabitants of the area were the
Mascalero Apache Indians. The City of Balmorhea was
established in 1906 by three land promoters: Balcom,
Morrow, and Rhea. San Solomon Springs, located at
Balmorhea State Park, supplies 26 million gallons of water
per day to area farmers. The picturesque canal, which flows
through the middle of Balmorhea, carries water to 10,000
acres of farmland. Water is stored at Balmorhea Lake,a 600
acre reservoir, which is stocked with Bass, Catfish, and
Crappie. Balmorhea Lake and the surrounding area is also
excellent for bird watching. The most unique attraction is the
swimming pool at the Balmorhea State Park. The pool was
built by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. The
swimming pool is the "World's Largest Spring Fed Swimming
Pool". With and approximate depth of 28 feet and 74 degree
average temperature, one can enjoy a refreshing swim. The
crystal clear water also provides excellent scuba diving.
Calera Chapel is located two miles west of Balmorhea State
Park on FM 3018. This early Reeves County Church was
names Mission Mary and mostly served the Mexican
American residents of Calera. Baptisms and marriages were
first recorded in 1902. Father Nicholas Brocardus served
Trans-Pecos missions for fifty years. Mission Mary was
renovated in 2003 and dedicated as an all denominational
chapel in May of 2003. For more information contact Calera
Foundation at P.O. Box 12, Toyahvale, Texas 79786.