Plains, Texas

Plains, Texas

Historical Marker at the Plains Cemetery in Yoakum County, Texas. Photograph Credit: Sandy Hick Mullins.

Plains, the county seat of Yoakum County, is on U.S. Highway 82 thirteen miles east of the New Mexico border and fifty-nine miles southwest of Lubbock in the central part of the county. The area was first settled by a family named Miller, who claimed land as a homestead in the late 1800s. In 1905 the W. J. Luna family moved to Sulphur Draw which extends through the site of Plains. Luna founded and named the town and donated a lot in the townsite to each voter. He also donated land for the Yoakum County Cemetery and the Plains Cemetery, in which his wife, Mary, was the first person to be buried. Luna established a store and in 1906 a post office, to which mail was routed through Gomez.

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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Pop. Year Source
1,669 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,481 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,450 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,422 1990 Texas Demographic Center