A mural on the front of the old bank building in Toyah. Toyah is the oldest townsite in
Reeves County, and its name is from an Indian word that means flowing water. Early on the town became a major cattle-shipping point on the railroad but
later lost its shipping business to a new point on the line called Toyahvale, which was closer to the ranches. The population of Toyah declined from
1,062 in 1914 to 142 in the 1990s with a substantial decline taking place during the Great Depression when the population which had hovered over 1,000 dropped to 553 residents.