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Lamesa Memorial Park Cemetery

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Date: 1891 [unknown]
Location: Lamesa, Dawson, Texas, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Cemeteries Dawson_County_Texas
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General Information

Cemetery name: Lamesa Memorial Park, aka Lamesa Cemetery, aka Dawson County Cemetery

Address: 1010 County Road 20, Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas, 79331 USA

GPS Coordinates: 32.7087250, -101.9599228

History

Not much is known about the history of Lamesa Memorial Park/Dawson County Cemetery. The first recorded burial is that of Leonard Ebenezer Moffatt, an infant who was born and died in Coleman County in 1891, but buried in Lamesa Cemetery. One presumes the family was moving west and did not want to leave their little one buried far away. There is no photograph of his grave. The first burial with a photographed headstone was for Lena Belle Dalmont, who died at just two years old in 1900.

At some point Lamesa Memorial Park became privately owned, and Dawson County Cemetery, which abutted it on the west, was owned by the county. For many years a company with headquarters outside of Dawson County ran the Lamesa Memorial Park, and there were continued issues with upkeep and maintenance of the graves and grounds. The county-owned side remained in good condition. In 2015 two local men who worked at Lamesa Memorial Park took over ownership, vowing to get things back in shape.[1] Instead, they were ordered to cease and desist running the cemetery in 2016 for violating various codes and allegedly stealing money from people who had placed orders for headstones and never received them.[2] One plead guilty and was given probation; the other was indicted on drug charges. At that point the county stepped in and took over operation of the Lamesa Memorial Park, absorbing it into the Dawson County Cemetery and officially changing its name.[3] [4]

The cemetery continues to accept new interments.

More Information

Sources

  1. "Lamesa Memorial Park Cemetery Get's [sic] Restored", newswest9.com, June 25, 2015 https://www.newswest9.com/article/news/local/lamesa-memorial-park-cemetery-gets-restored/513-a99ca7f9-6da9-4d1a-a893-389883e7a373 accessed 30 September 2021
  2. "Lamesa Memorial Park’s records, funds seized, state officials site ‘egregious’ violations", Matt Dotray, lubbockonline.com, September 14, 2016 https://www.lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2016-09-14/lamesa-memorial-parks-records-funds-seized-state-officials-site-egregious accessed 30 September 2021
  3. "Dawson County takes ownership of, renames local cemetery", Josie Musico, lubbockonline.com, Jan 24, 2017 https://www.lubbockonline.com/news/2017-01-24/dawson-county-takes-ownership-renames-local-cemetery accessed 30 September 2021
  4. "Cemetery Plan Put Into Action", Herrell Hallmark, Lamesa Press-Reporter, Lamesa, Texas, January 25, 2017, pp. 1-2




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posted by Stacy (Smith) Aannestad
edited by Stacy (Smith) Aannestad
I added the link to the space page down under the Cemeteries header. Would you like to be on the trusted list for Dawson County? If so you will have to send your email address to my profilel page. (we do not post email addresses on these messages....

If you do, I will add you.

Mary

posted by Mary Richardson