giant arrow sculpture by artist Charles A. Smith to mark the Quanah Parker Trail
in Levelland, Texas, Mar 15, 2013. The QPT, a project of the Texas Plains Trail
Region, honors sites of Comanche history throughout the region." - Barbara
is geographically descriptive of the region.
in a Pecan Shell
We were told
by someone at the chamber of commerce that the city has no ties whatsoever to
Post, Texas, but according to The Handbook
of Texas C. W. Post is the founder of both towns. Post bought the Oxsheer
Ranch in Hockley County in 1906, a year before he founded Post. Oxsheer Ranch
was surveyed by Post in 1912, two years before his death.
is also home to South Plains College, located south of town on Hwy 385.
Marker on Courthouse Square, Hwy 114|
and platted in 1912 as "Hockley City" by cereal magnate C. W. Post. Although
only a barren townsite, place won race for county seat in 1921. The first meeting
of county officers was held at future courthouse site -- in a Cadillac automobile.
Soon city square boasted a temporary courthouse (16 by 32 feet), a well, and a
community black-eyed pea patch. When a post office opened, in 1922, city was renamed
Levelland, for its topography. Prosperity arrived with the coming of the railroad
in 1925 and discovery of oil in the county in 1937.
courtesy Barbara Brannon, March 2013
and Hockley County Update
installation of their Quanah Parker Trail arrow in 2013 and the recent completion
of their amazing courthouse grounds micro-mosaics by John and Bette Hope...."
- Barbara A. Brannon, PhD, Executive Director, Texas Plains Trail Region, May
What Leveland is best known for
Sightings of 1957
Dear TE, Believe it or not, Levelland is probably best
known internationally for the Levelland Sightings of 1957. I have traveled far
and wide from the area where I was raised (graduated from Pettit H.S, 1953). At
the time of the sightings, I had just returned from a three-year tour in Europe
and was staying with my parents awaiting my discharge from Reese AFB near Lubbock.
They lived on an isolated farm on Oklahoma Flat Road in northern Hockley County.
I saw some things that made my hair stand on end, some things I never mentioned
to my parents.
In my author's biography at the end of my most recent
novel, The Ghost of Mount Chinati I mention my presence during the "sightings."
It is relevant to the theme of the novel. - Walter LeCroy, No Town Provided,
December 01, 2006
Levelland (my home town) was owned at one time by Mr. Post, however according
to my Grandmother, Mr. Post's daughter is the one who name the town. - Jeremy
L. McCulloch, December 27, 2004
Singers, and "City of Mosaics."
Several popular country singers including Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) and
LeeAnn Womack have attended school at South Plains College in Levelland. They
were part of the Country & Bluegrass music department. See http://www.levelland.com/mus.html
for more information or confirmation.
Levelland has nine fine mosaics
throughout the city and is known as a "City
of Mosaics." A mosaic is a 6000-year-old art technique in which cubes of glass
tile are fixed in a pattern to make a work of art. The mosaics in town can be
found at the Fine Arts Building, Student Services Building, and Science-Agriculture
Buildings at South Plains College, Methodist Hospital, Levelland Clinic, Adult
Learning Center, Hockley County Library and the Levelland Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Shannon Prothro, August 30, 2003
Ghosts in Levelland
"... we went to the janitors for answers.
Their stories started
the biggest ghost hunt Levelland has ever seen."
My name is Adam
Wood. I was a senior at Levelland High School in 2001. I was in theater and we
were soon going to competition so we were rehearsing 6 until 9 in the evening.
Well as kids do we started telling ghost stories and before you knew it there
were stories about the school. Someone said that a student had died in auto-machenics
in around '96 so we went to the janitors for answers. Their stories started the
biggest ghost hunt Levelland has ever seen.
We were told that it was
true that a boy had died there. He was electrocuted; and that someone had died
in the gym as well when the school was being built. They had seen a tall man dressed
in black wondering the halls. A teacher's husband had seen a girl in the library
and then two cheerleaders said they heard the sound of little feet chasing them
in the library one night.
Every night about 9:30 about 15 of us would
walk all the way around the school. No one was there but the 3 janitors and us.
We had their permission to go find anything. We took a video camera and something
happened on the fifth night. We saw nothing. I heard a piano music but no one
else did. When we watched the video we saw a man at the end of the hallway in
a white shirt and the piano music showed up. It consumed our lives for 2 months
and we never saw anything again. I go back every now and then late at night and
walk around but nothing ever happens. - Adam Wood, May 25, 2002
Tumbleweed in Levelland|
Photo courtesy Shannon Prothro
- taken just north of Levelland |
Photo courtesy Shannon Prothro
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