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map of Lamb County
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Physical Features: Rich, red, brown soils on the High Plains; some hills; drains to upper Brazos River tributaries; numerous playas.

Economy: Agribusiness; distribution center; denim textiles.

locator map for Lamb County

History: Apache tribes, who were displaced by Comanches around 1700. The U.S. Army pushed the Comanches into the Indian Territory in 1875. Ranching began in the 1880s; farming started after 1900. County created in 1876 from the Bexar District and organized in 1908; named for Lt. G.A. Lamb, who died in battle of San Jacinto.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 39.9; Black, 5.2; Hispanic, 54.7; Asian, 0.3; Other, 1.8; Two or more races, 1.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 200; deaths, 147; marriages, 74; divorces, 32.

Recreation: Waylon Jennings Birthday Bash in June at Littlefield, museums, Earth Day in April.

Minerals: Oil, stone, gas.

Agriculture: Fed cattle; cotton, corn, wheat, grain sorghum, vegetables, soybeans, hay; sheep. 179,500 acres irrigated. Market value $575.3 million.

LITTLEFIELD (5,940) county seat; textile mill, agribusiness, manufacturing; hospital, prison.

Olton (2,112) agribusiness, retail center; Sandcrawl museum; pheasant hunt in winter; Sandhills Celebration in August.

Other towns include: Amherst (669); Earth (993) farming center, dairies, feed lot, supplies; Fieldton (20); Spade (63); Springlake (102); Sudan (884) farming center, government/services, Homecoming Day in fall.

Plant X power plant in Lamb County

Steam rises from electric power Plant X near Earth. Photo by Robert Plocheck.