| 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.
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.
Texas Landmarks and Photos
old theatre and water tower|
Gibson, April 2009
Centennial Marker Text|
February 1, 1858.
Recreated August 21, 1876 from Bexar Territory organized
February 13, 1905
Named in honor of Nicholas Mosby Dawson 1808-1842 who fought
at the Battle
of San Jacinto and fell at Dawson's Massacre.
Lamesa, County Seat.
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...."
See Handbook of Texas Online
Lamesa Chamber of Commerce
County Texas 1940s map
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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