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MULESHOE, TEXAS

Bailey County Seat, Texas Panhandle

US Hwys 70, 60 miles W of Plainview
US Hwys 84, 70 miles NW of Lubbock
21 miles S of Farwell
Population: 5,296 (2010) 4,530 (2000) 4,571 (1990)

Muleshoe Area Hotels > Lubbock Hotels | Plainview Hotels
Muleshoe Texas Old Santa Fe depot
The old Santa Fe depot, today the Muleshoe Heritage Center.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2007
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A Brief History

The railroad was responsible for the founding of Muleshoe. In this case it was the Pecos and Northern Texas Railroad that came through the area in 1913. Muleshoe was the name of a local ranch.

Muleshoe Attractions:

Bailey County courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007
Bailey County Courthouse
  • Muleshoe Heritage Center: Home of the world's largest muleshoe. Museum is in a restored Santa Fe Railroad Station.
  • National Mule Memorial: Near the intersection of Hwys 84 and 70 in downtown Muleshoe. The statue was unveiled on July 4th 1965 and is said to honor the mule for its service in WWI.
  • Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge - 20 miles south of town on Hwy 214, you'll come to the oldest national wildlife refuge in Texas. Wintering spot for Sandhill Cranes. Prarie dogs live year-round. No hunting
    Historical marker: "Founded in 1935 as a wintering area for migratory waterfowl, Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge is on the "central flyway" in a chain of refuges from Mexico to Canada. Migrating birds begin arriving in August and remain until April. The largest wintering concentration of sandhill cranes in North America is most noticeable here from October through March. The site, covering over 5,000 acres, provides habitat for many other species of birds and wildlife. Muleshoe is one of several national wildlife refuges in Texas that protect migratory waterfowl, endangered wildlife species, or unique natural habitats. (1967, 1985)"
  • Plainview Hotels
  • Lubbock Hotels
  • Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce: 806-272-4248

    Mule statue in Muleshoe Texas
    The Mule in Muleshoe
    Vintage photo courtesy TXDoT
    Muleshoe Texas mule statue
    Mule memorial statue on US 84 in Muleshoe.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2007
    Muleshoe Texas mule historical marker
    The Mule marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2007
    Muleshoe Texas' World's largest muleshoe
    The world's largest muleshoe at the Muleshoe Heritage Center.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2007
    Muleshoe Texas' World's largest muleshoe marker
    "World's Largest Muleshoe" marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February, 2007

    Muleshoe Nearby Destinations:

  • Coyote Lake
  • Plainview - Plainview Hotels
  • Lubbock - Lubbock Hotels
  • Farwell
  • Muleshoe Texas Wallace Theatre
    Wallace Theatre
    Photo courtesy Wes Reeves, January 2005

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    This is a basically true story. Back in the 1970’s, a correspondent banker from Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC was out pressing the flesh with South Plains area bankers. She had just visited us in Lubbock and was headed for Littlefield, Amherst and points northwest. Just after lunch she called our correspondent banking manager and said her car had broken down. The banker asked where she was. She said she really didn’t know (it all looks alike out there, you know) but that there was a highway sign that said “mull-s-hoe” 15 miles. The banker, somewhat taken aback, asked her to pronounce it again. She did. He just laughed, gave her the correct pronunciation and proceeded to make fun of her for the next few weeks. - Russell Carter, Dallas, November 22, 2004

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    Farwell
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