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Community Profile

Muleshoe, Texas is located in the north western Panhandle Plains region, where the summers are hot, the winters are cold, and the sun always sets clearly and beautifully across the wide-open fields. The heart of the city conveniently lies at the intersection of US Highway 84 and State Highway 214, and crossed by US Highway 70. Muleshoe is the county seat of Bailey County. The rich soil of Bailey County rises above the Texas average National Commodity Crop Productivity Index at 29 NCCPI, which could explain why 90% of the land is in agricultural use. The city was incorporated in 1926 and was named after one of the very first ranches of the area – the Muleshoe Ranch.

 

Major Employers

Company NameCategoryEmployment
Muleshoe ISDPublic education234
Muleshoe Area HospitalMedical services135
Bunge-Minsa CorporationMasa corn flour125
United SupermarketsGrocery store100
Bailey CountyCounty government60
Bailey County ElectricUtility cooperative43
Five Area TelephoneTelephone & IP41
Progress DairyDairy farm40
Leal's Original RestaurantMexican food38
City of MuleshoeLocal government35
L & L Pallet SupplyPallet Manufacturing25
Muleshoe State BankBanking24
First BankBanking19
Bamert Seed CompanySeed Producer18
Ray Lee EquipmentJohn Deere Equipment16
C & H EquipmentCase International Harvester Dealer12
Livingston EquipmentAGCO & Hesston Equipment9

 

Taxes

Property Tax
Taxing Entity*Tax Rate / Per $100**
City of Muleshoe0.7825
Bailey County0.9061
Muleshoe ISD1.2937
Farm to Market Road0.1275
High Plains Water Dist0.006398
Hospital District0.3916
*Application of these taxes depend on the location of business or home
**All Property is Assessed @ 100% Valuation
Sales Tax
CityCountyStateSpecial Purpose
1.25 %0.5 %6.25 %0.25 % (Economic Development Corporation)
Total Sales Tax: 8.25%
Effective as of 2019 https://www.bailey-cad.org/

 

Transportation

Highways
U.S. Highway 84
U.S. Highway 70
State Highway 214
Rail Service
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)
Air Transportation
Nearest AirportMiles from Airport
Muleshoe Municipal Airport 2T14 miles
Lubbock Preston Smith International70 miles
Rick Husband International - Amarillo90 miles
Location From Major Cities
Lubbock, Texas70 miles
Amarillo, Texas90 miles
Clovis, New Mexico30 miles

Muleshoe Municipal Airport 

Muleshoe Municipal Airport is a public airport located four miles southeast of town. Renovations to the airport were completed in 2019. The project included the expansion of the runway to 5,100 ft. long and 60 ft. wide, suitable for landing small jets. The runway now leads as the largest runway of rural airports in the area! 

Airport Amenities

  • Pilot's Lounge 
  • Courtesy Car
  • Manual Fuel Pump
  • Tie-downs 
  • 19 Hangers

For more information visit www.airnav.com

 

Quality of Life

Public Parks2 City Parks / 3 RV Parks
Public Swimming PoolsMuleshoe Water Park
Public Tennis CourtsMISD Tennis Courts
Football / Soccer / Baseball FieldsBenny Douglas Stadium
Golf CoursesCountry Club / Golf Course
Public LibrariesMuleshoe Public Library
Museums / GalleriesMuleshoe Heritage Center
Churches17 Churches

Bailey County Senior Center 

"Our mission is to create and/or improve the well-being of our senior population in the areas of physical, mental, and spiritual health." 

Center Activities

  1. We provide a healthy, nutritious lunch that is served Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  2. We provide exercise classes for seniors to promote better health and functioning. This year’s classes have included Senior Yoga, Tai Chi, A Matter of Balance, Sit and Be Fit, and various forms of Dance. We provide a program called “Temple Builders” that meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Rashad Kirven provides personal training and leads the class.
  3. We offer both Spanish and English classes. (Basic conversational Spanish and English)
  4. We have a Caregivers’ Support Group. Through this program, we provide grief counseling.
  5. Every week arts and crafts activities are conducted. The Muleshoe Art Association teaches a class each month where participants complete their own work of art. Some examples: Make Your Own Christmas Cards, The Art of Making a Terrarium, Decorate and Make Jewelry Boxes, holiday décor, wooden art, etc.
  6. Every day at our center we have – Pool, Dominoes, Bunco, other games. Big screen TV with movies and Channel 6 TV. Puzzles, both jigsaw and crossword. Bingo and Loteria is played each week.
  7. We have a regular library with books and videos. We also have a Caregiver’s Library to provide information on Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer, strokes, Parkinson Disease and other concerns. Nutrition and caregiving information is also provided here.
  8. We provide entertainment every week, usually during one of our meals. We have had bands and individuals performing with different instruments such as a dulcimer, harp, guitar, harmonica, organ, etc.
  9. We also provide guest speakers on topics for seniors such as Fraud and Scams, CPR, Recognizing Symptoms of Heart Trouble or Stroke, etc.

For more information contact Bailey County Senior Center
Open Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
(806) 272-4969
319 S Main St
Muleshoe, Texas 79347

 

Healthcare Services

 

Name of Service Description Location 
Muleshoe Area Medical Center Hospital Hospital / ER 708 South 1st St. 
806-272- 4524
Medical Clinic of MuleshoeClinic 708 South 1st St. 
806-272-7544
Muleshoe Family Medicine Clinic Family Health Care701 South 1st St.
806-272-7531
Sudan Medical Clinic-MuleshoeFamily Health Care 208 W 2nd St.
806-272-7736
Park View Nursing Care CenterNursing Home 1100 W Ave J
806-272-7578
Robert L. Lepard DDS, PA Dentist 121 W Ave B
806-272-3446 or 806-272-4957
High Plains Family DentistryDentist108 W 2nd St.
806-272-5004
K&K Pharmacy Local Pharmacy1411 W American Blvd
806-272-7511
United Supermarkets PharmacyPharmacy104 W 9th St.
806-272-3169
Dr. Jerry D. Redwine, OD Optomestrist111 E 3rd St.
806-272-4705
Partain Chiropractor Center Chiropractor1106 W American Blvd
806-272-4000

 

Muleshoe Area Medical Center (MAMC) Receives TMF Bronze Award for Quality Improvement - 2019 

Muleshoe Area Medical Center is a Critical Access Hospital located in Muleshoe, Texas. MAMC is the only hospital located in Bailey County.

Inpatient Services include general acute care, skilled nursing care or swing bed, and 24/7 emergency care. Being a rural hospital it is important to have a highly trained medical staff. The MAMC nurses are Trauma and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified for adults and children. 
Outpatient Services include Laboratory and Radiology departments. Laboratory is staffed by personnel that have degrees in Medical Laboratory Technology, and Radiology offers many advanced services -- ultrasounds, mammograms, CT scan and MRIs as well as standard x-ray. Therapy (Physical and Occupational) Services are available on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Skilled Nursing Care is also available for patients who need care in various scenarios, from Physical Therapy to Wound Care. MAMC has 4 Family Physicians on staff to help you determine what kind of care you or your loved one needs.

MAMC also operates the Parkview Nursing Car Center.

History

 

How Muleshoe Got Its Name

Bailey County was organized in 1913, and the city of Muleshoe was incorporated in 1926. The county was named for Lt. Bailey, hero of the Battle of the Alamo. The land was a part of the famed XIT Ranch which was a part of the program to build the State Capitol in Austin.

The Muleshoe Ranch used an inverted U over a bar. The resemblance to a mule shoe soon gained the brand a new name, and the city took the name Muleshoe. The old Muleshoe Ranch cook house still stands west of town - at the Muleshoe Heritage Center - and is marked wsith a historical medallion. Muleshoe today is an agricultural trading center, and is known throughout the world as the HOME OF THE MULE MEMORIAL. 

History of the Area
The area was found when the Pecos and Northern Texas Railway laid tracks acrows the agrarian expanse. The nearby ranch was founded in 1877 by Civil War veteran Henry Black. The town became the county seat and quickly entered into a period of expansion. By 1930, it had grown to nearly 800 residents. It topped 1,300 residents over the next 10 years. In 1960, Muleshoe had tripled in size to a population of 3,871. When the town reached more than 5,000 people in 1970, it boasted 200 businesses, two hospitals, two banks, a library, a community center, a newspaper and a radio station.

More About Muleshoe Ranch
Henry Black began using the Muleshoe brand in Fannin County in 1856 and registered it on November 12, 1860. Black fought for the Confederate Army, leaving behind his wife and two daughters. He returned after the Civil War to find that his home had burned and his wife had died; his children, however, were still alive. On August 17, 1865, he married Sarah Adalia Braley, and subsequently he began fording herds across the Red River and selling clothing items made by his wife. Mostly they were paid in cattle and horses. By 1877 their herd had outgrown their property, so the family moved to Stephens County, taking with them 1,000 cattle and 500 horses. Black purchased land—which already had three houses on it—and established the Muleshoe Ranch. He dug a well, built a large ranchhouse and built a log schoolhouse. Gradually, Black purchased more land, and by the time of his death in 1906, the Muleshoe Ranch covered 10,000 acres. Black owned another 20,000 acres, much of which was rented to tenant farmers (see FARM TENANCY). After his death the land was divided among his wife and children, and the Muleshoe Ranch was the inheritance for his sons William and Jack. They established on the ranch the first dipping vat in the county. William continued to buy land around the ranch; he raised cattle, horses, cotton, and grain. From 1940 to 1965 William's daughter Sybil and her husband, B. H. Trammell, operated William's portion of the Muleshoe Ranch. On July 20, 1944, the original brand was officially transferred to their daughter, Patricia (Trammell) Swanson. In 1978 the Muleshoe Ranch covered some 6,000 acres and was known as the Trammell-Swanson Muleshoe Ranch. 

 

Recreation

Golf Course

The Muleshoe Country Club offers golfing enthusiasts a mature, scenic course as well as a challenging layout. The long, sometimes wide and other times narrow, fairways are lined with elm trees and the greens are of medium size and fast. Shot accuracy is at a premium on this course. There's an additional set of men's tees that can be used when playing an 18-hole round.
Take time to enjoy a round, then take a break to enjoy a cool drink or a hot meal in our comfortable club house, and then head out to complete your round.

Course: 9 hole Built in 1953
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass

Amenities: 
• Restaurant and Bar 
• Swimming Pool 
• Swimming Pool Rentals 

 

Give us a call to learn more! 
Muleshoe Country Club
(806) 272-4250
900 Country Club Dr., Muleshoe, TX 79347

Muleshoe City Park

Muleshoe offers over 130 acres of green space for its residents, and visitors of course!

At Muleshoe CIty Park You Can Enjoy:

  • 1.9 Mile Paved Walking Trail
  • 9-Hole Disc Golf Course 
  • Fishing at Lake Muleshoe 
  • 2 Giant Pavillions 
  • Soccer Fields
  • Basketball Courts
  • Rocky Flores Baseball and Softball Fields

Muleshoe Water Park

In the new city park, construction was completed on the new Muleshoe Water Park which features a zero entry pool, swimming lanes, a waterslide, a diving board AND a lazy river! It opened Memorial Day 2010. There is a concession stand available with a variety of refreshments.

Events & Tourism

The National Mule Memorial

The National Mule Memorial, was dedicated on July 3, 1965, with Texas Attorney General Waggoner Carr being the keynote speaker. Fun Fact: The Mule, who goes by the name of "Old Pete", attended President George Bush's first inauguration in 2001. The Mule proudly stands off U.S. Hwy 84, at the north end of Main Street, next to the Hugh Earl Young Visitor's Center/Chamber of Commerce office. Old Pete is quite popular during the summer when travelors from across the nation stop to take a picture. 

Why so much praise to a stubborn ol' mule?

  • Mules plowed the first sod and ground the first meal for pioneers.
  • Mules helped build the first railways westward.
  • Mules hauled the first freight.
  • Mules pulled the covered wagons west.
  • Mules helped build the first highways.
  • Mules, 5000 strong, fought and died in World War I.
  • Mules can stand more heat, more cold & do more work, on less food and water than any other animal.
  • Mules are smart animals. A mule will not founder by overeating – will not injure himself in a runaway – will not allow himself to be overworked.

History: V.H. Torrance, Austin historian and writer - noting the absence of the mule at a Ft. Worth Stock Show - became concerned over the rapid disappearance of the mule from the American scene. The late Dr. J.B. Barnett read the story, sent in a contribution, and a suggestion that a memorial to the mule be erected at Will Rogers Coliseum, Ft. Worth. George Dolan, a Ft. Worth columnist wrote of the movement to erect a mule memorial. Gil Lamb, owner of radio station KMUL in Muleshoe, and Carroll Pouncey the manager of the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce, wrote Dr. Barnett and Dolan, listing reasons why the memorial should be in Muleshoe. Mrs. Middlebrook’s 4th grade class also sent Dr. Barnett a contribution and a plea to have the memorial erected in Muleshoe. Dr. Barnett flew to Muleshoe and organized the National Mule Memorial Association in 1965. More than 700 contributors from the U.S. and abroad, joined the campaign. The sculptor was Kevin Wolf, and the memorial was created by Fiberglass Menagerie, Alpine, California. The model for the memorial was “Old Pete” an 18 year old, 1100 pound mule belonging to Dave Anders of Muleshoe.

Next time you're driving through Muleshoe, stop to say hi and take a picture with Old Pete! 

Muleshoe Heritage Center 

 

Experience all the traditions of the Panhandle-High Plains of Texas at the Muleshoe Heritage Center. Original buildings and homes that founded Muleshoe have been preserved to remind younger generations of the hardships endured while settling this part of the west. Here you will also find the World's Largest Mule Shoe - so large, a semi-truck could drive right through it! 

Schedule a Tour Today!
(806) 272-5873

Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

From Alaskan and Canadian breeding grounds, the refuge hosts one of the largest concentrations of sandhill cranes in North America! Established in 1935, the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest in Texas. The refuge encompasses over 5,809 acres. 

The number of cranes at the refuge peaks between December and Mid-February. Over 280 species comprise the refuge bird list. The largest variety of birds are seen during the spring and fall migrations. The weeded area adjacent to the campground provides a good birding site. At times Golden Eagles as well as an occasional Bald Eagle take up residence at the refuge. Great Horned Owls and Burrowing Owls can be seen year-round. Prairie dogs and prairie rattle-snakes, common to the area, are abundant in the draws northeast of the refuge headquarters. Other area mammals include porcupines, badgers, bobcats, and coyotes - most likely seen in the evening hours.

A visitor center, picnic area, camping area, and nature trail are provided for visitor enjoyment.

Open to the public from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
For more information, please contact (806) 946-3341
 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Name of EventApprox. Date of Event
Bailey County Junior Livestock ShowJanuary
Muleshoe Roadrider Rally (Poker Run)March
Tour de MuleshoeJune
Chamber of Commerce Awards BanquetMay
4th of July Parade, Activities & FireworksJuly 4th Weekend
Mule Days & Kickin' NightsJuly
Muleskinner Golf TournamentAugust
Rotary Annual Labor Day RopingSeptember
Annual Coat DriveOctober
Light the Night Christmas ParadeDecember

Visit the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce webiste for information on upcoming events! 

Lodging & Restaurants

Where to Stay:

  • Economy Inn  - 2701 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-4261 
  • Heritage Budget Inn  -  1827 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe   (806) 272-4533
  • Heritage House Inn  -  2301 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe (806) 272-7575
  • Irish Inn & Suites  -  1004  E. 6th Street, Muleshoe (806) 272-4500
  • Valley Motel  -  1515 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-4279

Where to Eat:

  • Antojitos Locos/Crazy Cravings  -  308 W. 2nd Street, Muleshoe  (806) 272-2912
  • Cafe 21 -  414 W. American Blvd. Muleshoe  (806) 272-4021
  • Dinner Bell Restaurant  -  2103 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-4080
  • El Sazon De La Abuela Mexican Restaurant - 104 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-7716
  • Kuka's Burritos  -  924 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-3776
  • Leal's Restaurant  - 1010 W. American Blvd, Muleshoe  (806) 272-3304
  • MB Express  -   328 S. Main, Muleshoe  (806) 272-3176
  • McDonald's  -  1301 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-3333
  • Muleshoe Donuts  -  323 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe   (806) 272-3069
  • Panda Chinese Buffet  -  1820 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-8999  
  • Pizza Hut  -  1412 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-4213
  • Sonic Drive-In  -  1633 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-3998 
  • SubWay  -  1900 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe (806) 272-5337
  • Stripes/Laredo Taco Company  -  107 E. American Blvd.  (806) 272-3978
  • Taqueria Guadalajara  -  1201 W. American Blvd., (806) 272-4333
  • United Supermarket Deli  -  104 W. 9th Street, Muleshoe  (806) 272-3120

Education

Education
Name of InstitutionNumber of Students
Muleshoe High School348
Watson Junior High School321
Deshazo Elementary School351
Dillman Neal B. Elementary492
South Plains College Muleshoe Center 


Muleshoe Independent School District is ranked as a Class 3A school with approximately 1,512 students enrolled this year. The Mule is the school mascot and school colors are black and white. The system includes kindergarten/primary, elementary, junior high and high school.

Muleshoe High School was rated as one of THE BEST HIGH SCHOOLS IN AMERICA by the U.S. News & World Report. Muleshoe is proud of the well-rounded education students receive here and  believe that teaching life skills and character education are also part of their responsibility.

Muleshoe ISD has a total of 225 employees. Administrative cost are well below that of similar-sized districts, and our student/teacher ratio is about 12 to 1. Muleshoe ISD has received a SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT rating from the Texas Education Agency for its financial condition for eight years in a row.

The Muleshoe ISD Board of Trustees established the MOST Scholarship award twelve years ago. Every graduating senior now receives a $500 scholarship to go to any post secondary institution. Muleshoe ISD appreciates the community and friends who contribute funds every year to support our students.

The following colleges and universities are within commuting distance of Muleshoe.           

  • Texas Tech University   (Lubbock, Texas)
  • Lubbock Christian University   (Lubbock, Texas)
  • South Plains College   (Levelland, Texas)
  • Amarillo College   (Amarillo, Texas)
  • Wayland Baptist University   (Plainview, Texas)
  • West Texas A&M University  (Canyon, Texas)
  • Clovis Community College  (Clovis, New Mexico)
  • Eastern New Mexico University  (Portales, New Mexico)

Library

The first library in Muleshoe was started by the Muleshoe Study club and the 1939 Study Club. In 1942, it was called the Bailey County Library and was located in the Bailey County Court House. Today, the library is known as the Muleshoe Area Public Library. It opened August 10, 1964. On September 10, 1968 the citizens of Muleshoe approved a $40,000 bond issue to construct a new library. A $50,000 construction grant was later received from the Texas State Library. Our 6,000 square ft., octagon-shaped building opened December 15, 1971. The library has been the proud recipient of two Tocker Foundation grants, three Texas Book Festival grants, two Frank Dobie grants, three Telecommunication Infrastructure Fund grants and two Libri Foundation grants.

The library has 18,070 materials including books, DVDs, audios and sound recordings. This does not include paperbacks. Annuals from the different community schools are also available. 

Muleshoe Area Public Library Website
View Catalog 

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 6 pm

Collections:

  • Adult Fiction and Non-fiction
  • Southwest Collection
  • Junior Fiction and Non-fiction
  • Youth Fiction and Non-fiction
  • Children's Fiction and Non-fiction
  • Magazines
  • Audio Books 
  • DVDs
  • Music CDs
  • Online audio and ebooks from Overdrive 

Meeting Room: A media room is available for public use. Reservations must be made prior to date of use.

Computer Access:

  • 7 public Internet terminals
  • Must sign in to use public computers
  • Must be in good standing and have no fines 

Programs:

  • Summer Reading Club in June and July for children and adults
  • Back to School Health Fair in August and Senior Citizen Health Fair in September

Cards/Borrowing:

  • Cards issued to residents with Picture ID card/Driver's License containing correct current address 
  • TexShare cards issued to patrons of good standing upon request
  • TexShare cards from member libraries honored
  • Borrowing period for most materials is 14 days; some restrictions apply
  • DVDs 1 day only; unless requested otherwise 

Services:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Free Internet access 
  • Automated checkout
  • Public access photocopier: 15 cents per copy; discount for more than 100 copies at a time; black and white print only

Demographics

At a Glance

Population of Muleshoe: 5,158
Population of Bailey County: 7,165
Trade Area Population: 11,414
Daily Traffic Counts: 15,000 vehicles per day
Median Household Income in Muleshoe: $47,703

 

 

 

Communications

 

The Muleshoe Journal is the official newspaper of the City of Muleshoe
Phone: 806-272-4536
http://www.muleshoejournal.com/

Other Newspapers in the Area
• Lubbock Avalanche Journal 
• Amarillo Globe-News 

Local Economy

BAILEY COUNTY - State Ranked 19th in Products Sold and 8th Ranked Milk Producing County in Texas 

Muleshoe is the agricultural shipping center of Bailey County with farm supply manufacturing and feed processing plants playing major roles in the local economy. Muleshoe is the heart of a thriving dairy industry hosting 16 dairies within a 15-mile trade area as well as 2 major beef cattle feed yards.

Muleshoe also serves as a trade center for surrounding rural communities. The BNSF rail runs through town and the city sits at the intersection of 3 major highways. This makes Muleshoe a great location for manufacturers looking to ship out their products and retailer selling to both local and transient customers. Muleshoe boasts over 250 bussinesses, providing a simple and perfect balance of town and rural space. 

 

Chamber of Commerce

The Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture serves as Muleshoe's Visitors Center. The Chamber office is a special place, housed inside the Hugh Earl Young Visitor's Center, which shares a patio with the National Mule Memorial. Find uniquely branded Muleshoe merchandise at this destination! 

Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture
115 E American Blvd.
PO Box 365
Muleshoe, Texas 79347
(806) 272-4248
www.muleshoechamber.com
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