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In the City of Lefors, we are defined less by boundaries on a map than by the sense of shared values our residents hold dear. Small town values, guided growth, preservation of historical, cultural, and natural heritage are just a few of the core principles that makes City of Lefors a wonderful place to call home.
Lefors is on the North Fork of the Red River and State Highway 273, twelve miles southeast of Pampa in central Gray County. The town was named for Perry LeFors, who traveled with his father to the Panhandle in 1878 and later became foreman of the Diamond F Ranch, part of the White Deer Lands (see FRANCKLYN LAND AND CATTLE COMPANY). The first homestead (1882) on the future townsite was that of Travis Leach, a rancher and surveyor, whose log cabin served as a stagecoach stop on the mail route from Fort Elliott and Mobeetie to Tascosa. Henry B. Lovett, a former buffalo hunter, and Henry Thut, a Swiss immigrant whose sister-in-law, Emma Lang, married LeFors, also settled in the vicinity during the 1880s. George Henry Saunders had a ranch camp headquarters nearby. Other settlers soon moved into the area, and in 1892 a post office was opened at Lefors with Thut as postmaster. (Postal officials required that the F be lowercased.) Four years later a combination school and church building was built.
When Gray County was organized on May 27, 1902, Lefors was elected county seat. A two-story frame courthouse was built for less than $2,500, and Thut, who became the first county treasurer, erected a hotel. Perry LeFors served as the town's first constable. The population reached 150 in 1910, and despite its small size and the lack of a railroad, the town managed for a time to remain the county seat. When the oil boom hit the county during the 1920s, three oil pools were discovered in the vicinity. Lefors profited handsomely from the boom, especially in real estate, but Pampa became the county seat in 1928 after a special election. Nevertheless, the boom resulted in the establishment of an independent school district and the bringing of electricity and other modern utilities to the town. By 1931 Lefors had incorporated, and in 1932 the town finally got a railroad, when the Fort Worth and Denver extended its line from Pampa. The population increased to 809 by 1940. Several Protestant denominations established churches in the community. The town suffered a flood in 1961, unemployment from the closure of several area carbon black plants in 1964, and a tornado in 1975. In 1984 Lefors had eleven businesses and a population of 829. In 1990 its population was reported as 656. The population dropped to 559 in 2000. The population in 2020 was 404.
City of Lefors, Texas
Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project
TWDB CWSRF PROJECT ID#73850
The City of Lefors is performing improvements to the existing wastewater treatment plant to increase quality of treated effluent. Important information relevant to the project is outlined below:
Name of project and community: City of Lefors WWTP improvements. TWDB Project #73850
Name of CWSRF administering agency: Texas Water Development Board
Funded in whole or in part by CWSRF: Partially funded by the CWSFR through the EPA
Project Description: Project consists of installing new screw pump and controls, and installation of a new floating brush aerator.
Water quality benefits to be achieved: Treated effluent qality will be enhanced to meet or exceed thresholds of current permit monitoring requirements.
Sitting in the river valley of the North Fork of the Red River, we are surrounded by natural beauty!
City Hall Closed Part of Thursday, Friday Next Week
On Thursday, December 7th, City Hall be closed 9:15 am -2:00 pm and on Friday, December 8th, City Hall will be closed. Public Works will be open regular hours of 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00 both days. Public works phone number is 806-661-8350.
City Dumpsters Are For Bagged Household Trash
Just a reminder....the City dumpsters are ONLY for bagged HOUSEHOLD trash and small brush or limbs. Please DO NOT place the following items in the dumpster. If the following items are placed in the dumpsters, the dumpster will not be emptied until the item(s) are removed.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED IN...
Who's Responsible For Mowing The Alley?
We have had a lot of questions regarding who is responsible for mowing the alleys and keeping them junk free. A section from our Code of Ordinances, which may be found at https://z2.franklinlegal.net/franklin/Z2Browser2.html?showset=leforsset , has been included below.
Sec. 7.03.004 ...