Lamesa, Texas

Lamesa is a city in and the county seat
County seat
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 of Dawson County, Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

, United States
United States
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. The population was 9,952 at the 2000 census. Located south of Lubbock
Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. The city is located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically as the Llano Estacado, and the home of Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University...

 on the Llano Estacado
Llano Estacado
Llano Estacado , commonly known as the Staked Plains, is a region in the Southwestern United States that encompasses parts of eastern New Mexico and northwestern Texas, including the South Plains and parts of the Texas Panhandle...

, Lamesa was founded in 1903. Most of the economy is based on cattle ranching and cotton farming
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. The Preston E. Smith
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Preston Earnest Smith was the 40th Governor of Texas from 1969 to 1973, who earlier served as the lieutenant governor from 1963 to 1969.-Early life:...

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 unit, named for the former governor of Texas
Governor of Texas
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, is located just outside of Lamesa.

Notable people

  • Barry Corbin
    Barry Corbin
    Leonard Barrie Corbin, known as Barry Corbin , is an American actor with more than one hundred film, television and video game credits.-Early life:...

    , though usually associated with Lubbock
    Lubbock, Texas
    Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. The city is located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically as the Llano Estacado, and the home of Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University...

    , where he graduated from Monterey High School
    Monterey High School (Lubbock, Texas)
    Monterey High School is a 5A high school located in central Lubbock, Texas, United States. Monterey is part of the Lubbock Independent School District. Established in 1955, Monterey was the third high school to be established in Lubbock, after Lubbock High School and Dunbar High School...

    , was born in 1940 in Lamesa. He co-starred in the NBC series Boone
    Boone (TV series)
    Boone is a 13-week dramatic television series which was broadcast on NBC from 1983–1984. It starred, principally, Tom Byrd and Barry Corbin. Byrd played teenager Boone Sawyer, who aspired to a career in rock and roll music, despite the advice of his stern father, Merit Sawyer, played by Corbin, who...

    in the 1983-1984 season and thereafter on CBS's Northern Exposure
    Northern Exposure
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    , which ran from 1990-1995. In 2001, he had a role in Tom Selleck
    Tom Selleck
    Thomas William "Tom" Selleck is an American actor, and film producer. He is best known for his starring role as Hawaii-based private investigator Thomas Magnum on the 1980s television show Magnum, P.I.. He also plays Police Chief Jesse Stone in a series of made-for-TV movies based on the Robert B....

    's Turner Network Television
    Turner Network Television
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    A film, also called a movie or motion picture, is a series of still or moving images. It is produced by recording photographic images with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or visual effects...

    , Crossfire Trail
    Crossfire Trail (film)
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    based on a Louis L'Amour
    Louis L'Amour
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  • Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Sr.
    Kilmer B. Corbin
    Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Sr. , the father of actor Barry Corbin, was a Lubbock, Texas, attorney who served as a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate from Distrrict 28 for two terms from 1949 to 1957....

    , the father of Barry Corbin, was a judge
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     and a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate from 1949-1957. He was unseated in the 1956 primary by Preston Smith. Corbin, Sr., lived in Lamesa prior to relocating to Lubbock.

  • Steve Pearce
    Steve Pearce
    Stevan Edward "Steve" Pearce is the U.S. Representative for . He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously held the seat from 2003 to 2009 and was an Assistant Minority Whip.-Early life, education and career:...

    , Republican
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     U.S. Representative from New Mexico's 2nd congressional district
    New Mexico's 2nd congressional district
    New Mexico's second congressional district to the United States House of Representatives serves the southern half of New Mexico, including Las Cruces and Roswell. Geographically, it is the sixth largest district in the nation, and the 2nd-largest not to comprise an entire state...

    , 2003-2009 and since 2011.

  • Preston Smith, a Democrat
    Democratic Party (United States)
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    , served as governor of Texas from 1969-1973. He grew up in Lamesa and graduated from Lamesa High School in 1928. He was born in Williamson County
    Williamson County, Texas
    Williamson County is a county located on both the Edwards Plateau to the west, consisting of rocky terrain and hills, and Blackland Prairies in the east consising of rich, fertile farming land, The two areas are roughly bisected by Interstate 35...

     and launched his successful business
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     and political careers from Lubbock.

  • Edward R. Tinsley
    Edward R. Tinsley
    Edward Roy Tinsley, III , is an attorney, rancher, and businessman with interests in oil, natural gas, and restaurants who has twice failed in Republican bids for the United States House of Representatives from the 2nd congressional district of his adopted state of New Mexico...

    , a Lamesa native, is a rancher and the chairman of the board of K-Bob's Steakhouse
    K-Bob's Steakhouse
    K-Bob’s Steakhouse is a regional restaurant chain that operates in the cattle country of Texas and New Mexico. Founded in 1966 in Clovis, New Mexico, by Gabe E. Parson , the company sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1989, and reopened in 1991 under the ownership and management of Edward Roy Tinsley...

    , a regional restaurant chain primarily in Texas and New Mexico
    New Mexico
    New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. New Mexico is also usually considered one of the Mountain States. With a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth-most sparsely inhabited U.S...

    , with an outlet in Lamesa. In 2008, Tinsley, a former intraparty rival of U.S. Representative Steve Pearce, was the unsuccessful GOP
    Republican Party (United States)
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     nominee for the then open seat in the New Mexico 2nd congressional district.


Lamesa is located at 32°44′4"N 101°57′29"W (32.734439, -101.958190).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²), all of it land.

Dal Paso Museum

Dal Paso Museum
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, a collection of local artifact
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s housed in an impressive former hotel
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, is located in downtown Lamesa. The name is derived from the fact that Lamesa is located halfway between Dallas
Dallas, Texas
Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States...

 and El Paso
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States, and lies in far West Texas. In the 2010 census, the city had a population of 649,121. It is the sixth largest city in Texas and the 19th largest city in the United States...

. On display are home furnishings, pioneer tools, and ranch
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 and farm
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 equipment. There are also exhibits by local artist
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s. The museum, at 306 South First Street, has limited afternoon hours to the public.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 9,952 people, 3,696 households, and 2,679 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 2,080.8 people per square mile (803.9/km²). There were 4,270 housing units at an average density of 892.8 per square mile (344.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 41.9% White Non-Hispanic, 4.2% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 19.51% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.96% of the population.

There were 3,696 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples
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 living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,362, and the median income for a family was $31,556. Males had a median income of $26,393 versus $16,826 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $16,211. About 18.1% of families and 21.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.4% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Lamesa is served by the Lamesa Independent School District
Lamesa Independent School District
Lamesa Independent School District is a public school district based in Lamesa, Texas .In addition to Lamesa, the district also serves the city of Los Ybanez.The Lamesa athletic teams are known as the Golden Tornadoes or "Tors" for short....

, which includes Lamesa High School, and Lamesa Middle School, whose school mascots are the Golden Tornadoes and the Whirlwinds, respectively.

A branch of Howard College
Howard College
Howard College is a community college with its main campus in Big Spring, Texas and branch campuses in San Angelo and Lamesa....

, a community college
Community college
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 in Big Spring
Big Spring, Texas
Big Spring is a city in and the county seat of Howard County, Texas, United States, at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 87 and Interstate 20. With a population of 25,233 at the 2000 census, it is the largest city between Midland to the west, Abilene to the east, Lubbock to the north, and San Angelo...

, is located in Lamesa.


  • The La Entrada al Pacifico
    La Entrada al Pacífico
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     is an international trade corridor that begins in Topolobampo
    Topolobampo is a port on the Gulf of California in northwestern Sinaloa, Mexico. It is the fourth-largest town in the municipality of Ahome , reporting a 2005 census population of 6,032 inhabitants....

    , Mexico
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    , runs through Midland-Odessa and ends in Lamesa (according to the legal definition).
  • Lamesa's Sky-Vue Drive-In Theater (established in 1948) is well known regionally. It is one of only fourteen remaining drive-in theater
    Drive-in theater
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    s in the state of Texas. The survival of this cultural landmark is largely due to the excellent food available in the snack bar. The "Chihuahua" sandwich (stacked fried corn tortillas filled with homemade chili, onions, shredded cabbage and pimento cheese with a jalapeño pepper on the side) is a specialty of the snackbar and many local residents order takeout even when they don't watch the movie. Before he became famous, musician Buddy Holly
    Buddy Holly
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     played a show on the roof of the Sky Vue's projector building.
  • Lamesa also has an indoor movie theater, Movieland, which has two screens.
  • There is also another indoor theater, Tower Theater, across from the Dawson County Courthouse.
  • The Wall is an edifice on which graduaing seniors spray paint their names onto the wall until the next following class goes over it the next year.
  • The television series Dallas had one of its more profitable oil wells, Ewing 23, in Lamesa. In one of the more dramatic scenes of the series, in season four, J.R. Ewing flies in his Learjet to the Lamesa airport. Shortly thereafter, gunfire erupts and Dawson County sheriff's deputies shoot a man who blew up the oilfield after a failed effort to blackmail J.R.


The city is served by a bi-weekly newspaper, The Lamesa Press Reporter, which charges $.75 per issue, and by local and area radio
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 stations KPET
KPET is an independently owned and operated radio station licensed to serve Lamesa, Texas, USA. The station is owned by Dawson County Broadcasting LLC and the broadcast license held by DCB License Sub LLC...

 (AM 690), KBKN (FM), KTXC (FM), and KBXJ
KBXJ Los Ybanez, Texas is an FM station in one of the smallest cities of license regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. The city was created for the purpose of authorizing sales of liquor, which was not allowed in the county and surrounding area....

 (FM). The cable TV system is operated by Northland Cable Television
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. Other signals are received from stations in Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and other area towns. Television signals are provided by ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, Telemundo and CW stations in Lubbock and the Univision station in the Permian Basin (Midland-Odessa).

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