"la-MEE-sa", "la-MEE-suh") is a city in and the county seat of Dawson County, Texas, United States.
The population was 9,952 at the 2000 census
. Located south of
Lubbock on the
Estacado, Lamesa was
founded in 1903.
Most of the economy is based on cattle
. The Preston E. Smith prison
unit, named for the former governor of
, is located just outside of Lamesa.
of Howard College, a community college in Big
Spring, is located in Lamesa.
, a Democrat
, 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
and launched his
and political career
Barry Corbin, though usually associated with
Lubbock, where he
graduated from Monterey High School, was born in 1940 in Lamesa.
in the NBC
in the 1983-1984
season and thereafter on CBS
's Northern Exposure
, which ran from
1990-1995. In 2001, he had a role in Tom
's Turner Network
, Crossfire Trail
based on a
Louis L'Amour novel
. Corbin's father, Kilmer Blaine Corbin
(1919-1993) was a
and a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate
Edward R. Tinsley (born 1950), a Lamesa native, is
the chairman of the board of K-Bob's
Steakhouse, a regional restaurant chain primarily in Texas and
Mexico. In 2008, Tinsley, also a rancher from Capitan, New Mexico, was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for the open seat in the New Mexico 2nd
James E. Airhart
1915–March 25, 2007) was a farmer
who served from 1955-1985 on the
Dawson County Commissioners Court, in which capacity he worked to
obtain the county livestock
barn, the Dawson County general aviation
, and numerous highway improvements.
He was instrumental in the successful negotiation of rights-of-way
for U.S. Highway 87 north to O'Donnell and south to Ackerly.
James Dillard Dyer, Jr.
(December 24, 1922–June
22, 2009), the owner of the former Dyer Furniture and Appliances,
served on the city council and thereafter as mayor
of Lamesa from 1958-1959. He was a founding
partner in the company which brought cable television
to Lamesa. Through the
chamber of commerce
, he a
steadfast supporter of the expansion Highway 87. A 1940 graduate of
Lamesa High School, he received a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from the University of
Texas at Austin and an ensign's commission in
the United States Navy.
survived a kamikaze
attack at the Battle of Guam
during World War II
. He was a Presbyterian
. Survivors included his second
wife, the former Odessa L. Williamson, originally of Levelland, a daughter, Gwen Dyer Johnson of Austin, Dr. James R. Dyer of Argyle, and William J. Dyer of Houston.
Dyer is interred at Lamesa Memorial
Orville Wilson Follis
(May 4, 1920–April 2, 2009),
was a prestigious basketball
Lamesa High School from 1946-1982. During his 36 years as head
basketball coach he totaled 857 career wins, which ranks him among
the top 25 coaches in the nation for all-time wins. His teams won
20 district titles and three State Championships (1960, 1967, &
197), and he never had one losing season in all 36 years of
coaching. He was inducted in 1986 into the Texas High School
Basketball Hall of Fame. The gym in which the Lamesa Golden
Tornadoes varsity basketball team plays is named Follis Gym in his
Larry D. Johnson (May 12, 1959–April
13, 2008) was until his death the Lubbock County Precinct 2 constable. A Lamesa native and a 1977 graduate of
Lamesa High School, he was also a reserve officer for the Slaton Police Department.
Survivors included his wife, Bee Johnson; daughter, Kami Johnson;
sons, Chris Johnson and Bobby Ponce; mother, Deen Johnson, and
brother, Jerry Johnson. He was affiliated with Bible Baptist Church
in Slaton. He is interred at Edgweood Cemetery in Slaton.
John W. "Johnny" Palmore, III
(June 21, 1909–August 11, 2008), was a prominent businessman and
civic leader in Lamesa. Born in Ravenna to John Palmore, II, and the former Merle Moffitt,
he graduated from Ravenna High School in 1926, Sherman High School
in 1927, and Texas Tech University in 1931, where he procured a
bachelor of science degree in
agriculture. He taught and coached
in Windom in Fannin
County. Palmore was a county agent for Van
Zandt (1936-1938), Lubbock (1938-1939), and Swisher (1939-1944) counties.
He worked in his
in-law's business, Eiland Lumber
Lamesa from 1944 until his retirement at the age of ninety-five in
2005. He was also an automobile
dealer. He served as member and president of the Lamesa School
Board. He was a Lamesa City Council member from 1968-1977.
the Chamber of Commerce and
International, Palmore was a former president of Lamesa Girl Scouts of the USA.
Presbyterian elder, he is interred at Lamesa Memorial Park.
predeceased by his wife, the former Helen Francis Eiland, and
survived by two daughters, Pam Koehler and husband Jimmie of
Lamesa, and Sunny Parish and husband Mel of Las Cruces,
New Mexico, and six grandchildren.
David N. Smiley
1930–July 30, 2009), a Lubbock native, was a physician
member in Lamesa.
graduated from the University of Texas Medical
Branch at Galveston.
Smiley practiced with his wife, Dr. Evelyn
Smiley, at the Medical Arts Building from 1962-1990. Active in the
educational community, he argued in federal court in Lubbock for
of Lamesa public school
. A friend of
Governor Preston Smith, he worked to secure funds for vocational
technical education at Lamesa High School, where he taught physics
during his first year of medical practice.
After his retirement, he worked for three years as the prison
physician at the Texas Department of
facility in Lamesa, named for Governor Smith.
He was active in the Church of
. Smiley died in Austin of complications from a fall. He
is interred at Lubbock City Cemetery. In addition to his wife, he
was survived by four children, Samuel Neil Smiley, Susan Emma
Smiley, Sarah Imogene Donnelly, and Stephen Ted Smiley. His late
brother, James Donald Smiley, was also a physician.
Lamesa is located at (32.734439, -101.958190).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of , all of it
Dal Paso Museum
Entrance to Dal Paseo Museum in Lamesa
Dal Paseo Museum
, a collection of local
housed in an
impressive former hotel
, is located in
downtown Lamesa. The name is derived from the fact that
Lamesa is located halfway between Dallas and El
On display are home furnishings, pioneer
tools, and ranch
equipment. There are also exhibits by local artists
. The museum, at 306 South First Street, has
limited afternoon hours to the public.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 9,952
people, 3,696 households, and 2,679 families residing in the city.
The population density
2,080.8 people per square mile (803.9/km²). There were 4,270
housing units at an average density of 892.8/sq mi
(344.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 41.9% White
Non-Hispanic, 4.2% African American
, 19.51% from other races
, and 2.13% from two
or more races. Hispanic
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
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
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
, which includes Lamesa High School, and Lamesa Middle
School, whose school mascots are the Golden Tornadoes and the
al Pacifico is an international trade corridor that begins in
Topolobampo, Mexico, 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 theaters 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 once
performed on top of the concession stand at the Sky-Vue.
- The Wall is most likely one of the most
graffiti tagged brick walls in the nation. Every year graduating
seniors at Lamesa High School paint the wall with their names and
other pictures. This started in the late 1920s when local teenagers
painted on the wall without permission, but the owner did not mind
it and it has been painted on ever since. In the past the wall was
a popular hangout spot for teenagers.
- 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.
- Lamesa is alleged to be the locale of the invention of chicken fried steak.
The city is served by a bi-weekly newspaper (The Lamesa Press
) which charges $.75 for every issue, and by local and
area radio stations KPET (AM 690)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KPET_(AM), KBKN (FM), KTXC (FM), and
KBXJ (FM) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KBXJ. The cable TV system is
operated by Northland Cable Television
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
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice Retrieved
- Social Security Death Index Interactive
- Barry Corbin Official Site Retrieved on
- Airhart Obituary, Lubbockonline.com Retrieved
- Larry Johnson | Lubbock
- Texas Transportation Commission, Texas State Travel Guide,
2007, p. 123
- Dallas, Season four DVD, Episode eight, "Trouble at Ewing
Drive In Lamesa".
- "Drive In Movies in Texas".
- Dallas, Season four, Episode eight, "Trouble at Ewing 23".
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