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LORENZO, TEXAS

Crosby County, Texas Panhandle

3340'18"N 10132'10"W (33.671618, -101.536233)

US 62, 82, TX Hwy 114, and FM 378
20 Miles E of Lubbock
17 Miles W of Crosbyton the county seat
ZIP code 79343
Area code 806
Population: 1,138 Est. (2019)
1,147 (2010) 1,372 (2000) 1,208 (1990)

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Lorenzo Tx Street Mural of street scene with Barber Shop & Church
Mural of Lorenzo street scene with hotel, barber shop and church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009


History in a Pecan Shell

Lorenzo Dow is the namesake of Lorenzo. Although he is mentioned as "an employee of the C. B. Livestock Company" he somehow managed to buy the land which soon became the town. Lorenzo's purchase was made one day after April Fool's Day, 1910. In July that year the Crosbyton-South Plains Townsite Company bought Lorenzo out and the town was platted the next year. The first train didn't arrive in 1911 - but it did pass through. Classes (taught in a store) began in September of 1911 and the town's post office also opened that year.

Incorporated one day after April Fool's Day in 1924, Lorenzo had a population of just over 700 by 1930. Most towns in Texas were decimated by The Great Depression which was surprisingly kind to Lorenzo. When the dust had settled (literally) after the Depression, the town had managed to retain 616 people. The population had increased to 935 people by 1950.

Consolidations combined the school districts of Pleasant Hill, Estacado, Robertson, and Farmer and eventually Lorenzo's District increased to 226 square miles.

The town's population has remained over 1,000 since the 1950s with the latest figure being 1,147.



Historical Marker: Lawn of Community Center, 409 Van Buren, Lorenzo

Lorenzo

Founded when Crosbyton-South Plains Railway ran first train here, April 10, 1911. Named for Lorenzo Dow, employee of C. B. Livestock Company, which promoted the town, and in 1914 encouraged area to plant cotton. Incorporated in 1924. Now a center of cotton growing, with fine churches, school, businesses.
1966

Lorenzo Tx - Welcome Sign
Lorenzo welcome sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo, Texas Landmarks

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Lorenzo Cemetery
Photographer's Note
One of those nice lazy West Texas Town one passes through without even realizing that people live there and call it home. - Barclay Gibson, August 03, 2009

Lorenzo Tx Closed Business Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

Lorenzo Tx - Street Painted Wall Mural of Corner Grocery Market
Mural of Corner Grocery Market
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

Lorenzo Tx Street Painted Wall Mural of Man Reading Newspaper
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

Lorenzo Tx Painted Wall Mural street scene- helicopter over post office, old gas statiion, water tower
Painted Wall Mural street scene- helicopter over post office, old gas statiion, water tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

Lorenzo Tx - Lorenzo Mural Projects Sponsors
The Lorenzo Mural Projects
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo Tx - Ghost Grocery Sign
Grocery Ghost Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo Tx School Building
Lorenzo School Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo Tx Cotton Gin
Cotton Gin
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo Tx - Cemetery Entry
Lorenzo Cemetery Entry
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

Historical Marker: FM 378, 1.8 miles N of US 82/114, at CR 105

Lorenzo Cemetery

In 1876, the Texas Legislature created the Crosby Land District, which included several present-day Panhandle counties. Ranchers soon began establishing large ranches throughout the region, and in 1890, brothers Avery, John Stuart, Howard and Prentiss Coonley of Chicago joined with Julian Bassett of New York to form the C.B. Livestock Company.

In 1910, the company planned a rail line from Crosbyton to Lubbock, with towns platted along the route. It named the one here for Lorenzo Dow, a company attorney, and in 1916 it deeded land at this site to the county for a community cemetery. The first burial in Lorenzo Cemetery was reportedly that of a child who died of whooping cough in 1916. The first marked grave, dating to 1918, is that of W.A. Greenhill.

Over the years, volunteers and local groups, including a cemetery association, have provided maintenance, helping to preserve th collective history of Lorenzo. The county sold the property in 1995 to the City of Lorenzo, and today the cemetery is a link to generations of men, women and children who made unique and lasting contributions to the community.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2003

Lorenzo Tx - Cemetery Historical Marker
Lorenzo Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo Tx Cemetery Tile Headstone with Christ
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

Lorenzo Tx Cemetery Tile Headstone
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

Lorenzo Tx Cemetery Tile Headstones with Christ
Tile headstones
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo Tx Faded  Water Tower
Lorenzo faded water tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo Tx Silos
Lorenzo silos
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Lorenzo Tx City Limit
Lorenzo City Limit
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