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Overview

Introduction to Lamesa, Texas

Lamesa, Texas, in Dawson county, is 51 miles N of Midland, Texas (center to center) and 269 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas.

Lamesa History

Close to 17,000 years ago, this area was home to groups of Paleo-Indians who used the region for hunting and camping. The community of Lamesa traces its beginnings to July, 1903, when it was a part of Frank Conner's Ranch. In those days, ranching was the primary occupation. Frank Connor, M.C. Lindsey, and J. F. Barron plotted the area into lots and christened the community "Lamesa" which is derived from the Spanish word "mesa" meaning "tableland." This was chosen because the town is situated on a high plateau of the South Plains. In 1905, Lamesa became the county seat of Dawson County, and it was officially incorporated as a city in 1917. More recently, the economy has become based largely on cattle farming and cotton production.

Lamesa and Nearby Attractions

  • Dal Paso Museum
  • Big Spring State Park
  • Heritage Museum
  • Forrest Park

Things To Do In Lamesa

The city of Lamesa is home to the Dal Paso Museum, which features ranch and farm equipment, pioneer tools, and home furnishings, all dating back to the early days of settlement. It also showcases the work of various local artists. Heritage Museum houses exhibits reflecting the history and culture of the region. Big Spring State Park, spread across an area of 382 acres, includes nature trails, as well as camping and picnic areas. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Lamesa Golf Course in Lamesa Country Club. The city is also home to several parks like Skateboard Park, and New Lamar Forrest Park.

Lamesa Transportation

Midland International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Lamesa Higher Education

A campus of the Howard College is located in Lamesa. University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Western Texas College, Odessa College, and South Plains College are the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population 9,343
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,740
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 51.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.7%
Median Earnings25+ $32,294
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,740

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,882
% Above Poverty Level 83%
% Below Poverty Level 17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $594
Median House Value $60,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 5.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lamesa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 51 miles N of Midland, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 269 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas
County Dawson
Standard Zip Codes 79331
Phone Area Codes 806
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.737
Longitude -101.95

Lamesa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LAMESA 1 SSE
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 54 F
Apr Temp 44 to 76 F
Jul Temp 66 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 77 F
Annual Precip 19 inches
Station GAIL
Distance 28.2 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 57 F
Apr Temp 49 to 80 F
Jul Temp 69 to 95 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 19.6 inches
Station ANDREWS
Distance 44 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 58 F
Apr Temp 49 to 81 F
Jul Temp 68 to 95 F
Oct Temp 51 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lamesa, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

La Mesa (79331)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ackerly 183 $27,375

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lamesa Public Libraries

Library
Dawson County Public Library
511 N 3RD ST
Lamesa, Texas
(806) 872-6502

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Lamesa Hospitals

MEDICAL ARTS HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
1600 N BRYAN AVE
(806) 872-2183
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lamesa High Schools

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LAMESA H S
212 N HOUSTON
806-872-8385
A Title I School.
Serves 621 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

KLONDIKE ISD
2911 COUNTY RD H
806-462-7332
A Title I School.
Serves 176 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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