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A recent town in
Texas history, Los Ybanez only appeared in 1980. The core of the community
was built around what was left of a government CCC camp built in the
1930s. The town founder was Israel Ybanez who purchased the property
and rehabilitated the buildings as rental properties.
The town incorporated in 1983 and the town’s “business district” consisted
of a single beer store – operated by Israel and Mary Ybanez. The 1985
population was given as 300 people – many of them related to the founder.
The 1990 census reported just 83 people which has since declined to
a mere 32 people.
See Lamesa Farm Workers Community
"This was a very depressing visit. In the heat of the dusty afternoon,
there was nothing but dirt streets and dilapidate houses. A few were
occupied, but most were in various stages of decay; none well cared
for. I only saw people in one house. It was originally a planned government
housing project, but time and neglect have taken a toll. There were
30-35 houses. I looked for some kind of central building like chapel
or community center. The store looks to be of 1950's vintage."
Gibson, April 18, 2015
|Lamesa Farm Workers
Community Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, April 2015
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