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    LAMESA, TEXAS

    Dawson County Seat, Texas Panhandle
    US 180 and 87
    44 miles E of Seminole
    60 miles S of Lubbock
    45 miles N of Big Spring
    60 miles N of Midland
    Population: 9,952 (2000)

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    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.

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    1916 Dawson County Courthouse , Lamesa Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
     
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    Lamesa old theatre and water tower
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    1936 Centennial Marker Text

    Dawson County

    Created 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.

    1936
    Lamesa History
    "Lamesa... 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

    The Lamesa Chamber of Commerce
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    Telephone: 806-872-2181
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