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.



Total Population9,343
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens16.6%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population34


% of people married51.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.7%
Median Earnings25+$32,294
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,740


Median Family Income$50,882
% Above Poverty Level83%
% Below Poverty Level17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%


People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$594
Median House Value$60,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55.7%
French Except Basque2%
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Lamesa Almanac

Nearest Medium City 51 miles N of Midland, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City269 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas
County Dawson County
Standard Zip Codes79331
Phone Area Codes806
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Lamesa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp26 to 54 F
Apr Temp44 to 76 F
Jul Temp66 to 93 F
Oct Temp48 to 77 F
Annual Precip19 inches
Distance28.2 miles
Jan Temp30 to 57 F
Apr Temp49 to 80 F
Jul Temp69 to 95 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip19.6 inches
Distance44 miles
Jan Temp30 to 58 F
Apr Temp49 to 81 F
Jul Temp68 to 95 F
Oct Temp51 to 79 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Lamesa Public Libraries

Dawson County Public Library
511 N 3RD ST LAMESA, TX 79331 (32.735023, -101.953736)
Lamesa, Texas
(806) 872-6502

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Lamesa Hospitals

Medical Arts Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
2200 North Bryan Avenue
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Lamesa Public Schools

Lamesa Daep
1408 North Ave F
(806) 756-4313
Klondike Isd
2911 County Rd H
(806) 462-7332
Total Enrollment 253
Lamesa H S
600 North 14th
(806) 872-8385
Total Enrollment 415
Lamesa Middle
S 1st And Bryan
(806) 872-8301
Total Enrollment 414
North El
601 North 14th
(806) 872-5428
Total Enrollment 429
South El
2000 South 8th
(806) 872-5401
Total Enrollment 602
Lamesa Success Academy
102 Bryan Ave
(806) 872-5410
Total Enrollment 21
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