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Lamb County was established by the Texas
legislature in 1876 from lands previously assigned to Bexar
County. The entire county is atop the high plains.
Littlefield, the county seat, is in the southern part of the
county on U.S. Highway 84, forty miles northwest of Lubbock.
The county was named for George A. Lamb.Only four people lived
in the county in 1890, and as late as 1900 there were only
thirty-one people there. That year five ranches, encompassing
529,000 acres, had been established, and 10,908 cattle were
reported.In 1908 Slaughter sold much of his Running Water
Ranch to land speculator William P. Soash.
These lands lay around the tiny community
of Olton. Soash sold the land to incoming farmers and stock
farmers, and on June 20, 1908, Lamb County was organized with
Olton as the seat of government. By 1910 there were ninety-two
ranches and farms, and the population had risen to 540. The
county was primarily a ranching area with a small number of
merchants, farmers, and stockfarmers; in 1910, 40,355 cattle
were reported in the county, while only 489 acres were planted
in corn, the county's most important crop that year.The
county's rapid economic development also shaped its political
geography. In the years after 1920 Littlefield developed into
the county's leading community, and by 1930 it had about three
times the population of Olton. After three attempts to change
the county seat from Olton to Littlefield (in 1929, 1932, and
1937), Littlefield residents finally succeeded in
Cities and Towns
* Circle *
Springlake * Earth * Fieldton
* Hart Camp * Spade *
Littlefield * Lums Chapel
* Sudan *
Friendship * Amherst * Bainer *
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Church Histories / Records
- Website Updates:
- July 2014:
- 1900 Federal Census - Transcribed
by Mary McKnight
- 1910 Precinct 4 Federal Census -
Transcribed by Mary McKnight
- Obit: BUSBY - Transcribed by Bobby
- Obit: PORCHER - Transcribed by
- Obits: BILLINGS, HACKLER, TONEY -
Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer
- Obit: STOOKSBERRY - Transcribed by
- Obit: GREEN, JACKSON, RHODES,
SULLIVAN, VAUGHTER, WHITE - Transcribed by
- June 2014: Cemeteries; Obit: MILLER ; Bio:
WILLIAMS - Transcribed by Patty
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