Inside Stories: The Amazing City Of Lamesa

About 17,000 years ago, Lamesa was inhabited by Paleo-Indians.   They were hunting along Sulphur Springs Draw where they camped.  Years later, the Apaches also camped there for their hunting activities.


The Genesis

July 1903 marked the beginning for the City Of Lamesa.  During those times, ranching has been established for more than 30 years, and a block of 160 acres was acquired of the Conner’s Ranch.

Lamesa is a Spanish word which means “Tableland,” that best described its position on the high plateau.

From that time on, Lamesa has made a name for itself and has been known for many things, such as,

  1. Home To Chicken Fried Steak. Said to be Lamesa’s claim to fame was the birth of their own delicacy, the Chicken-Fried Steak.   It was a beautiful mistake when James Donald Perkins, a cook in Lamesa, misunderstood an order for chicken and fried steak.  Instead of serving two plates of dishes, he thought the request was for a battered steak that he would fry like a chicken.  Thanks to this man, Lamesa is now famous for this delicious dish.

Lamesa celebrates this culinary heritage yearly by hosting an annual Chicken Fried Steak Festival.


  1. Tallest Cheerleader. (Though unconfirmed according to the source) Standing proud and tall outside a store in downtown Lamesa is the golden tornadoes cheerleader.

Meet her as you pass by the Reid Bethel Tire Company in Highway 87, the tallest cheerleader statue with a height of 20 feet tall, wearing a cheerleader outfit in her 1960 flip hairstyle.

  1. The Great Wall Of Lamesa. Another significant landmark Lamesa is known for is their graffiti on the wall.  The art that is being done by graduating high school students of Lamesa every year.


  1. Home To Famous Personalities. Former American football defensive back and now an American football game official for NFL (National Football League), Steven Jay Freeman, was born in Lamesa, Texas.

Other famous people born and associated with Lamesa are actor Barry Corbin, former professional baseball pitcher Brad Byron Cornett, Lynn Morris the musician, Judy Jensen who is known for her reverse painting on glass, and many others.

  1. Woman Rodeo Champion. Sharon Youngblood, one of Lamesa’s pride, was named as one of the eight inductees into the Tarleton Rodeo Hall of Fame.   She was a part of the women’s team of the Tarleton’s NIRA championship and continued to rodeo conquering the Arkansas Barrel Futurity in 1979, North Texas Barrel Futurity, and the Colorado Barrel Futurity, and even came out victorious in the Texas Cowboys Rodeo Association.

Lamesa is home to many beautiful people and amazing stuff.  Life and business do not end with the pulling out of Walmart and the going down of some business establishments as more opportunities still await the residents.

Thousands of years ago, our ancestors (Paleo-Indians) discovered the place, making it their hunting ground for their food, stayed, sustain life, and make Lamesa their home.

With its present median cost of living and ethnic diversity – home to 2.3% Indians, 1.1% Asians, 2.4% Black, 58.3% Hispanic, and the majority 83.5% white, some other made up the 9.6% – Lamesa can also be an ideal place to move to and raise a family.



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