Seat of Dawson county at the southeast edge of Texas High Plains, which are the southernmost extension of the Great Plains of the United States. Name form Spanish "la mesa," meaning "the table," describes the flat terrain. Area economy based on extensive oil, industrial and agricultural production. One of the state's largest cotton-producing counties.
Local lakes have game fishing and water sports. Two golf courses,
swimming pool and acres of public parks provide recreation/entertainment.
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