Near Lamesa in Dawson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Lamesa Farm Workers Community
In 1941, the Farm Security Administration approved an application for a migrant labor camp on 50 acres of land southeast of Lamesa. The first families moved in on August 17, 1942. The Lamesa Complex consisted of 50 residential buildings, a gate house, manager’s residence, and a community center. Unlike other labor communities, Lamesa provided its residents with indoor plumbing and running water. Additionally, Lamesa offered a medical clinic, educational programs, nursery, recreational activities, and religious services.
The families who lived at Lamesa harvested cotton, worked in cotton gins, cotton oil mills, feed mills, and egg processing plants. They did not pay rent for their homes but were expected to perform maintenance work around the camp and contribute to the
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16680.)
Location. 32° 43.046′ N, 101° 55.222′ W. Marker is near Lamesa, Texas, in Dawson County. Marker can be reached from County Highway M north of County Highway 20, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker cannot be seen from the road. Marker is located next to Ybanez's Liquor Wine & Beer store. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1919 County Road M, Lamesa TX 79331, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dawson County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of Chicago (approx. 3.3 miles away).
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