- Levelland, Texas
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Levelland is a city in Hockley County,
Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 12,866. It is the county seatof Hockley CountyGR|6. It is located on the Llano Estacado, west of Lubbock. Major industries include cottonfarming and petroleumproduction. It is the home of South Plains College.
Levelland is the principal city of the Levelland Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Hockley County and part of the larger
Lubbock-Levelland Combined Statistical Area.
Levelland is famous as the site of a well-publicized series of UFO sightings in November 1957. Several motorists driving on various highways around Levelland claimed to see a large, egg-shaped object which emitted a blue glow and caused their automobiles to shut off. In most cases the object was sitting either on the highway or close to it. When the object took off, the vehicles would restart and work normally. Among witnesses were Weir Clem, Levelland's sheriff, and Ray Jones, the town's fire chief. The
United States Air Forceconcluded a severe electrical storm was the major cause for the sightings and reported auto failures. However, several prominent UFO researchers, among them Dr. James E. McDonald, a physicist at the University of Arizonaand Dr. J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer at Northwestern University, disputed this explanation. Both men argued that there was no electrical storm in the area when the sightings occurred.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.9 square miles (25.7 km²), of which, 9.9 square miles (25.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.GR|1
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 12,866 people, 4,574 households, and 3,361 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,296.5 people per square mile (500.8/km²). There were 5,186 housing units at an average density of 522.6/sq mi (201.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.34% White, 5.36% African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 20.92% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 39.21% of the population.
There were 4,574 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 14.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,820, and the median income for a family was $32,408. Males had a median income of $29,800 versus $20,042 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $14,296. About 15.7% of families and 20.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.
*The City of Levelland is served by the
Levelland Independent School District.
*The Levelland High School mascot is the Lobo.
*Levelland is also home to
South Plains College.
Levelland in popular culture
"Levelland" is a song about life in the city, told from a slightly acerbic point of view. It was written and first recorded in
1995by James McMurtry; it has also been recorded by Robert Earl Keen.
Held in the third week of July, Camp Bluegrass is a large social event, with public concerts, held on the South Plains College campus.
Levelland is also home to the 12 year old State Champions, the Levelland Kekambas. This was the first team to ever win state from Levelland. The team ended up placing fifth at the regional tournament in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Levelland Football Can be a success with Coach Rhoades leading the pack.
ources For Levelland UFO Case
"The UFO Book: Encyclopedia Of The Extraterrestrial";
Jerome Clark, author. ppgs. 339-340. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1998.
[http://www.magonia.demon.co.uk/arc/00/level.html A skeptical analysis of the Levelland UFO Case]
[http://www.texasmonthly.com/ranch/ufo/levelland.php An article about the Levelland Sightings from the popular "Texas Monthly" magazine]
Levelland Municipal Airport (LLN)
* Airport Elevation - 3514'
* Two Active Runways
** 17/35 - 6,110'
** 08/26 - 2,072'
Local aviation businesses
:Tumbleweed Aero Services LLC:*Tumbleweed Aero is a full aircraft maintenance facility specializing in
avionics. :**Contact Tumbleweed Aero Services at (806) 897-9740.:Levelland Aviation:* FBOServices (806) 894-7328
Billy Guinn Jones (
May 30, 1934- April 26, 2008) was a prominent Levelland bankerand businessman. Born to Carl and Ella Mae Jones in Grassland in Lynn County, Jones graduated from Post High School in Post, the seat of Garza County, and procured a Bachelor of Business Administrationdegree from Texas Tech Universityin Lubbock. He was a second lieutenantin the United States Army. After a brief career in farming, he became a bank examiner. Thereafter, he was an officer of the First National Bank of Levelland and the president and chief operating officer of the Citizens Bank of Slaton, Plains State Bank in Plains and South Plains Bank in Levelland. He was a former president of the Levelland Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Levelland Development Foundation, a Little League Baseball umpire, and a member of the First BaptistChurch of Levelland. Survivors include his wife, the former LaRue Stevens, whom he married in 1957; son, Steven Carl Jones (born ca. 1958) of Levelland, and daughter, D'Les C. Jones (born ca. 1963) of Dallas, and three grandchildren. He is interred at Terrace Cemetery at Post. [ [http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/042808/obi_273087578.shtml Billy Guinn Jones | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ] ]
* [http://www.ci.levelland.tx.us City of Levelland]
* [http://www.levelland.com Levelland Chamber of Commerce]
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