Levelland is a city in
County, Texas, in the
As of the 2000 census
, the city population
was 12,866. It is the county
seat of Hockley
County . It is located on the Llano Estacado, west of Lubbock.
Major industries include cotton
production. It is the home of
South Plains College
Levelland is the principal city of the Levelland Micropolitan
Statistical Area, which includes all of Hockley County and part of
the larger Lubbock-Levelland
Combined Statistical Area
is famous as the site of a well-publicized series of UFO
sightings in November 1957.
Several motorists driving
on various highways around Levelland claimed to see a large,
egg-shaped object which emitted a blue glow and caused their
automobiles to shut off. In most cases the object was sitting
either on the highway or close to it. When the object took off, the
vehicles would restart and work normally. Among witnesses were Weir
Clem, Levelland's sheriff, and Ray Jones, the town's fire chief.
The United States Air Force
concluded a severe electrical storm was the major cause for the
sightings and reported auto failures. However, several prominent
UFO researchers, among them Dr. James
E. McDonald, a
physicist at the University of Arizona, and Dr.
Hynek, an astronomer at Northwestern University, disputed this explanation.
Both men argued
that there was no electrical storm in the area when the sightings
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
9.9 square miles
), of which, 9.9 square
miles (25.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles
(0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 12,866
people, 4,574 households, and 3,361 families residing in the city.
The population density
1,296.5 people per square mile (500.8/km²). There were 5,186
housing units at an average density of 522.6/sq mi
(201.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.34% White
, 5.36% African American
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 20.92% from
, and 2.21%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 39.21% of the
There were 4,574 households out of which 36.2% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples
living together, 13.2% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families.
23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age
of 18, 14.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to
64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,820, and the
median income for a family was $32,408. Males had a median income
of $29,800 versus $20,042 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$14,296. About 15.7% of families and 20.2% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 25.8%
of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.
Levelland in popular culture
The James McMurtry
recorded in 1995
, is a song about life in the
city, told from a slightly acerbic point of view. The song has also
been recorded by Robert Earl
Held in the third week of July, Camp Bluegrass is a large social
event, with public concerts, held on the South Plains College
Levelland is also home to the 12 year old State Champions, (which
sport?) the Levelland Kekambas. This was the first team to ever win
state from Levelland. The team ended up placing fifth at the
regional tournament in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Sources For Levelland UFO Case
The UFO Book: Encyclopedia Of The Extraterrestrial
, author. ppgs. 339-340.
Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1998.
A skeptical analysis of the Levelland UFO Case
An article about the Levelland Sightings from the
popular "Texas Monthly" magazine
Levelland Municipal Airport (LLN)
- Airport Elevation - 3514' MSL
- Two Active Runways
- 17/35 - 6,110'
- 08/26 - 2,072'
Local aviation businesses
- Tumbleweed Aero Services LLC
- *Tumbleweed Aero is a full aircraft maintenance facility
specializing in avionics.
- **Contact Tumbleweed Aero Services at (806) 897-9740.
- Levelland Aviation
- *FBO Services (806) 894-7328
Billy Guinn Jones
) was a prominent Levelland banker
Carl and Ella Mae Jones in Grassland in Lynn
County, Jones graduated from Post High School in Post, the seat of Garza County, and procured a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
He was a second lieutenant
in the United States Army
. After a brief career
, he became a bank examiner.
Thereafter, he was an officer of the First
National Bank of Levelland and the president and chief operating
officer of the Citizens Bank of Slaton, Plains
State Bank in Plains and South
Plains Bank in Levelland.
He was a former president of the
Levelland Chamber of Commerce
director of the Levelland Development Foundation, a Little League Baseball umpire
, and a member of the First Baptist
Church of Levelland. Survivors include his
wife, the former LaRue Stevens, whom he married in 1957
; son, Steven Carl Jones (born ca. 1958
) of Levelland, and daughter, D'Les C. Jones (born ca.
1963) of Dallas, and three
He is interred at Terrace Cemetery at
) was one of four elected Hockley County
commissioners, having represented Precinct 1 from 1974-1998.
of Ed and Lula Langford, he was born in Whitarral, a community in Hockley County, where he graduated
from high school. He attended South Plains College in
Levelland and served thereafter in the United States Army in Germany.
He was a Levelland automobile
dealer for many years. He died at
Covenant Hospital in Levelland. Services were held on October 25
, 2008, at the Fifth Street Baptist
Church, where Langford was a deacon and the
song director. Interment was at the City of Levelland Cemetery.
include his wife, the former Flo Campbell, originally from Borger; son, David Campbell Langford of Levelland; a
brother, Gerry Langford of Hart Camp in Lamb
County; two sisters; four grandchildren, and two
He was preceded in death by a son,
Eddie Campbell Langford, in 1989.
successful high school
and college football coach
, concluded his career at Levelland High
- Obituary of Billy
Guinn Jones, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,
2008: Billy Guinn Jones | Lubbock
- Obituary of Sam Langford, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,