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 Population9,367
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens17%
Employed Population 16+3,824
Age of the Population35


% of people married53.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.2%
Median Earnings25+$32,493
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,508
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,097


Median Family Income$53,750
% Above Poverty Level83.7%
% Below Poverty Level16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home0.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%


People Living Alone30.9%
Median Gross Rent$596
Median House Value$61,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55.6%
French Except Basque1.8%
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Lamesa Almanac

County Dawson County
Standard Zip Codes79331
Phone Area Codes806
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.73
Approximate Longitude-101.95

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, Texas
(806) 872-6502

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Lamesa Hospitals

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

Lamesa Public Schools

Klondike Isd
2911 County Rd H
ZIP: 79331
(806) 462-7332
Total Enrollment 258
Lamesa Daep
1408 N Ave F
ZIP: 79331
(806) 756-4313
Lamesa H S
600 N 14th
ZIP: 79331
(806) 872-8385
Total Enrollment 489
Lamesa Middle
S 1st And Bryan
ZIP: 79331
(806) 872-8301
Total Enrollment 437
Lamesa Success Academy
102 Bryan Ave
ZIP: 79331
(806) 872-5410
Total Enrollment 26
North El
601 N 14th
ZIP: 79331
(806) 872-5428
Total Enrollment 446
South El
2000 S 8th
ZIP: 79331
(806) 872-5401
Total Enrollment 642
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