Introduction to Lamesa, Texas
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.
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.