Pep is on Farm Road 303 near the Lamb county boundary in northwestern Hockley County. The site was part of the Yellow House Ranch of the XIT Ranch. It passed to the Littlefield estate and was then sold by the Yellow House Land Company in 1924. Much of this farmland was sold to Germans interested in establishing a Catholic colony, which they originally named Ledwig for Rev. Francis Ledwig, their pastor. Settlers at the community included John Andrews, John Stengel, and Pete Herring. J. G. Gerik opened a store there in 1925. The first Catholic church in the county was built at the community in 1930. A post office was established in 1936 with M. A. Burt as postmaster. Reportedly the name Ledwig did not suit the post office department, and Pep was chosen as the town's new name, to reflect an admired characteristic of its residents. Since 1945 an annual community Thanksgiving dinner has drawn crowds of visitors to the small community. Its population was sixty in 1950 and by 1980 had declined to fifty, where it was still reported in 1990. By 2000 the population had dropped to thirty-five, and in 2009 it was estimated to be thirty.

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Adoption Status:
This place has been adopted and will not be available until February 10, 2025
Adopted by:
Denzail Cleveland
Dedication Message:
In Honor of my parents and lively hood.

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Pep is part of or belongs to the following places:

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Place type

Pep is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Ledwig)


Latitude: 33.81565000
Longitude: -102.55880390

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Population Count, 2009