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Dawson County Seat, Texas Panhandle

32°44'4"N 101°57'29"W (32.734439, -101.958190).

US 87
61 miles S of Lubbock
44 miles NW of Big Spring
US 180
41 miles E of Seminole
62 miles W of Snyder
TX Hwy 137
38 miles SE of Brownfield
45 miles N of Stanton
60 miles NE of Midland via TX Hwy 349
ZIP code 79331
Area code 806
Population: 9,147 Est. (2019)
9,422 (2010) 9,952 (2000) 10,809 (1990)

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Lamesa TX - Brick Street Downtown
Lamesa downtown brick street
Photography by Kat Copeland © 2/2007

When Dawson County was organized, the two contenders for county seat were Stemmons and Lamesa. Lamesa won by a mere five votes.

In the span of a few days in July of 1905, the community of Chicago / Stemmons became a historic footnote. Chicago is remembered today by a historical marker and a Lamesa street named after the short-lived town.

Lamesa, a city mostly set up on a grid of numbered streets and avenues does have a few streets named after cities. The mix is an interesting one, including Akron, Boston, Detroit, Flint, and Hartford – and of course, Chicago.

Lamesa History


Lamesa, the county seat of Dawson County, is on U.S. highways 180 and 87, State highways 137 and 349, Farm roads 179, 826, and 827, and the Santa Fe Railroad, and Sulphur Springs Draw, sixty miles south of Lubbock in the central part of the county. It was platted in July 1903 by Frank Connor, J. J. Lindsey, J. F. Barron, and several others. A. L. Wasson, a member of the first town committee, impressed by the tabletop flatness of the surrounding terrain, offered La Mesa and Lamesa as possible names. Although he preferred the Spanish version, the committee voted in favor of the other. A post office was granted in 1904 with Harrison B. Oliver as postmaster.

Lamesa won the county seat election by five votes over the rival town of Stemmons on March 20, 1905. A town meeting the next day invited the citizens and merchants of Stemmons to move to the new county seat, with an offer of free lots for businesses and help in moving houses. The offer was accepted and effected within several days. Early businesses in Lamesa included a hardware and furniture store, a hotel, a blacksmith shop, and several general stores. A school was first established in 1904. The town had a brass band by 1908. The Santa Fe Railroad secured the town's future when it arrived on August 4, 1910. Electrical service became available in 1916.

The first church building in Lamesa was the Methodist church, which was completed in 1907 with help from other local denominations. Baptist, Church of Christ, and Presbyterian churches followed by 1915. Lamesa prospered from farming and later through the development of the oil industry. The population was 1,188 in 1920 and rose to 6,038 in 1940 and to 10,706 in 1950. The peak years came in the 1960s, when the United States census reported 12,438 residents. Afterward the population fell slightly and stabilized around 11,559 in the 1970s and 1980s. In the mid-1980s Lamesa, the county's banking and marketing center, produced agricultural products, oil services, food processing, clothing and textiles, farming equipment, and cotton. Howard County Junior College, the Dawson County Museum, a hospital, a library, and several nursing homes are located in the city. In 1990 the population was 10,809. By 2000 the population was 9,952.

Charles G. Davis, “Lamesa, TX (Dawson County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 14, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/lamesa-tx-dawson-county.

Lamesa, Texas Attractions, Landmarks

Photo Gallery

Dal Paso Museum
Historic Dal-Paso Hotel
306 S. First Street

Lamesa Texas - Dawson County Courthouse
Photography by Kat Copeland © 2/2007
Dawson County Courthouse

LamesaT X
Mural by an inmate
Photography by Kat Copeland © 2/2007

Lamesa TX - Mural
Photography by Kat Copeland © 2/2007

Lamesa TX - Mural
Photography by Kat Copeland © 2/2007
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LamesaT X Dawson County Courthouse Murall People and history
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007
Dawson County Courthouse Murals

Lamesa Texas closed theatre
Lamesa closed theatre
Photo courtesy Wes Reeves

Lamesa Texas closed theatre
Lamesa closed theatre looking up
Photo courtesy Wes Reeves

Lamesa Texas closed theatre  ticket booth
Ticket booth
Photo courtesy Wes Reeves

Lamesa Texas closed theatre  staircase
The closed theatre staircase
Photo courtesy Wes Reeves

Lamesa Texas closed theatre  fallen tiles
Fallen theatre tiles
Photo courtesy Wes Reeves

Lamesa Texas old theatre and water tower
Lamesa old theatre boarded up by 2009
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Lamesa Water Tower
Photography by Kat Copeland © March 2016
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Lamesa TX - Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre
Jimmy Dobson Photo, July 2017
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Lamesa TX - Sky Vue Drive-In
Lamesa's Sky Vue Drive-In
Jimmy Dobson Photo, July 2017

Lamesa TX - Sky Vue Drive-In
Photography by Kat Copeland © March 2016
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Lamesa TX - Abandoned Gas Station
Lamesa abandoned Gas Station
Jimmy Dobson Photo, July 2017

Lamesa TX - Abandoned Gulf Gas Station
Lamesa abandoned Gulf Gas Station
Jimmy Dobson Photo, July 2017
Adventures with my 1972 Plymouth Cuda and
my 67 Ford Mustang Fastback

by Jimmy Dobson

Lamesa TX - The Country Store
The Country Store
Photography by Kat Copeland © March 2016

Lamesa TX - The Country Store & standpipe
Photography by Kat Copeland © March 2016

LamesaT X  - Home of Lavoy Miller, music teacher in the 1950s.
Photography by Kat Copeland © 2/2007

The Lamesa Chamber of Commerce
123 Main Street
Telephone: 806-872-2181

Historical Marker: SW corner NE 1st St. and Elgin Ave., Lamesa

Pioneer Cemetery

First burial ground in Dawson County, given by Frank Conner. First grave, Nov. 10, 1904, for Mrs. G. W. Pate, who had suggested cemetery. Plot closed 1907, except for 1949 burial of W. R. Kelly beside his wife. The 22 others here: Montie Andrews, Carrie Baker, Mrs. J. M. Baker, infants Bowser, Dickenson, McNew, Senter, Mrs. Zeke Harris, G. W. Kelly, Eunice C. Lindsey, John R. Lindsey, W. W. McElwain, S. H. Maxwell, Mrs. Elmira Pate, Ollie Pate, Frances C. Printz, John Puryear, Floyd Rains, John Earl Seeds, Roger Simpson, Mart Trammel, Elizabeth Wright.

Lamesa Lobos Dan Pinto
The Lamesa Lobos

Baseball in West Texas 1948 - 1950
Vintage photos

TX - Lamesa Farm Workers             Community Historical Marker
Los Ybanez
Former Lamesa Farm Workers Community
One miles S of Lamesa

Dawson County Texas 1940 map
Dawson County 1940s map
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Lamesa, Texas Nearby Towns:
Seminole | Lubbock | Big Spring | Midland
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