City of Lamesa, Texas

City of Lamesa, Texas

The City of Lamesa is the seat of Dawson County. Photograph byBilly Hathorn.

Lamesa, the county seat of Dawson County, is on U.S. highways 180 and 87, State highways 137 and 349, Farm roads 179, 826, and 827, and the Santa Fe Railroad, and Sulphur Springs Draw, sixty miles south of Lubbock in the central part of the county. It was platted in July 1903 by Frank Connor, J. J. Lindsey, J. F. Barron, and several others. A. L. Wasson, a member of the first town committee, impressed by the tabletop flatness of the surrounding terrain, offered La Mesa and Lamesa as possible names. Although he preferred the Spanish version, the committee voted in favor of the other. A post office was granted in 1904 with Harrison B. Oliver as postmaster.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
8,674 2020 United States Census Bureau
8,816 2019 Texas Demographic Center
9,422 2010 United States Census Bureau
9,952 2000 United States Census Bureau
10,809 1990 United States Census Bureau
11,790 1980 United States Census Bureau
11,559 1970 United States Census Bureau
12,438 1960 United States Census Bureau
10,704 1950 United States Census Bureau
6,038 1940 United States Census Bureau
3,528 1930 United States Census Bureau
1,188 1920 United States Census Bureau