Lehman was on State Highway 125 fifty-five miles west of Lubbock in central Cochran County. The town was originally called Ligon and was located four miles south of Morton. Ligon, named for C. C. Slaughter's daughter-in-law, Mrs. E. Dick (Ligon) Slaughter, was built by the Slaughters with the hope that the railroad would pass through the town. In 1923 the site was surveyed and mapped. Ligon was the first town in the county. It had the county's first service station, run by Hugh Knox, as well as a general store and a school. Ligon originated from a rivalry between the Slaughters and their land agent, Morton Smith, who founded the town of Morton. Each faction wanted its town to be the county seat. On March 17, 1923, an election was held, and Morton was declared the winner. But the Slaughters challenged the results and were upheld in court. On May 6, 1924, a second election was held and Morton was again declared the county seat.
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