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Community Profile

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

Located 22 miles from the New Mexico state line, in the upper northeast corner of Bailey County, Muleshoe boasts over 250 businesses, two banks, a library, 17 churches, a hospital, 5 physicians, 2 dentists, and 1 chiropractor to service the over 5,000 population.

The Muleshoe Area Education Foundation worked in conjunction with the Muleshoe Area Hospital District and South Plains College to establish a nursing school and classes began in 2007.  The South Plains College Muleshoe Center also offers classes in continuing education.

In 2007 a $25 million bond was passed by our voters for renovation and expansion on all four of our Muleshoe Independent School District campuses with completion of the project expected in 2010.

A new Police Department building was constructed and held its dedication in March 2010.  At that time the department was presented with a "Best Practices" certification from the Texas Police Chief's Foundation.  The Muleshoe Police Department is the smallest department in the state of Texas to receive this award.

Construction was completed on the new Muleshoe Water Park which features zero entry, water slide, swimming lanes, a diving board plus a lazy river.  The center which is located in the New City Park opened Memorial Day in time for the 2010 season.

Major Employers

Company NameCategoryEmployment
Muleshoe ISDPublic education234
Muleshoe Area HospitalMedical services135
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



Property Tax
Taxing Entity*Tax Rate / Per $100**
City of Muleshoe0.7136
Bailey County0.6923
Muleshoe ISD1.36
Farm to Market Road0.1179
High Plains Water Dist0.00776
Hospital District0.4
*Not all taxes would apply. Depends on location of business or home
**All Property is Assessed @ 100% Valuation
Sales Tax
CityCountyStateSpecial Purpose
1.25 %.5 %6.25 %.25 % (Economic Development Corporation)
Total Sales Tax: 8.25%



U.S. Highway 84
U.S. Highway 70
State Highway 214
Rail Service
Burlington Northern Sante Fe
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


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

Mule-Putt Golf offers 9 holes of miniature golf and is located next to the Muleshoe Heritage Center on Highway 84.  Opens mid-May and continues its operations until mid-September each year.  Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  Only $2.00 per game.

The Muleshoe Water Park held its "Opening Day "on Memorial Day 2010.  The center features zero-entry with a water slide, a lazy river, and a diving board.  A concession stand is available offering a variety of refreshments.  Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, the hours are 1 pm to 6 pm daily with "Ladies Only "Tuesday night 6:30 - 8:30 and "Teen Night" is Friday 8 pm - 10 pm.

The Rocky Flores Baseball Park offers fields for baseball and softball.  There is also a Main Street softball park.

Adult and children's soccer is played at the new city park.

The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest wildlife refuge in the state of Texas.  Located 19 miles south of Muleshoe, the outstanding attraction is the wintering sandhill cranes.

Bailey County Senior Center is the gathering place for many of our residents and is open 5 days a week from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  A hot lunch is prepared and served daily with the menu published in the weekly edition of the Muleshoe Journal.  Computer classes, bingo, dominoes, dances, and other activities are featured weekly at the center.

Healthcare Services

Healthcare Services
Name of ServiceDescription
Muleshoe Area Medical Center Hospital25 beds
4 Family Physicians2 in Rural Clinic - 2 in Private Practice
1 Physician/Dermatology & Family PracticePrimary practice is Dermatology
Regence Health NetworkFamily health care
Park View Nursing Home76 beds
AccessCare Dialysis Center8 chairs
NurseCare Home HealthHome health care
Interim HealthcareHome health care
2 Dentists
1 Chiropractor and 1 Optometrist

Muleshoe Area Medical Center is a Critical Access Hospital located in Muleshoe, Texas.  Inpatient Services include general acute care, swing bed or skilled nursing care, and 24 hour-365 day a year 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 (swing bed) is also available for patients who need care in various scenarios, from Physical Therapy to Wound Care.  MAMC has 4 Family Physicians and one Physician whose primary practice is dermatology on staff to help you determine what kind of care your loved one needs.

Muleshoe Area Medical Center is the only hospital located in Bailey County.


History of City/Area

The town of Muleshoe, Texas, was incorporated in 1926. It had been founded just 13 years earlier, when the Pecos and Northern Texas Railway laid tracks across the agrarian expanse of Bailey County. Named after the nearby Muleshoe ranch (founded in 1877 by Civil War veteran Henry Black), the town became the county seat and quickly entered a period of expansion. By 1930, it had grown to nearly 800 residents. It topped 1,300 just ten years later. By 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 newspaper and a radio station.

Today, Muleshoe is the agricultural and shipping center of the county, with farm supply manufacturing and food and feed processing plants playing major roles in the local economy. Muleshoe is also located at the heart of a thriving dairy industry. A community center was built in 1969 and is home to the area’s largest junior livestock show in February and also serves as the host of the World Championship Muleshoe Pitching Contest every July 4th . Twenty miles south of town on Highway 214 is the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1935, the Refuge is wintering grounds for sandhill cranes and refuge is the oldest in Texas.

More About Muleshoe Ranch

Henry Black began using the Muleshoe brand in Fannin County in 1856 and registered it on November 12, 1860. He then went to fight 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 his wife made. 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 also dug a well and built a large ranchhouse and a log schoolhouse. The children built a rock fence around the cemetery where their grandmother was buried in 1883; some of this fence still stood in 1978. Gradually Black purchased more land, and by the time of his death in 1906, the Muleshoe Ranch covered 10,000 acres. Black also 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, who had been involved with its operations. 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. At that time the water well dug in 1877 was still extant, and a barn built around the same time was still in use.


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 is an additional set of men's tees that can be used when playing an eighteen hole round.

Take the time to enjoy a round, then take a break, set back enjoy a cool drink or a hot meal in our comfortable club house and then head out to complete your round.

One thing is for certain when you visit our country club, the best part of the game of golf shines
through. Enjoy.

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

Open all year Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays)
Green Fees (18 holes) - $12.00 Weekdays/$15.00 Weekends

For more information call the Muleshoe Golf and Country Club at (806) 272-4250.

Muleshoe Water Park

In the new city park construction was completed on the new water park which features zero entry, swimming lanes, a slide and a diving board plus a lazy river.  It opened Memorial Day 2010 and also has a concession stand available with a variety of refreshments.


Heritage Center

If history is your interest then the Muleshoe's Heritage Center located off US 84 on the northwest part of Muleshoe will offer a pleasant stop for visitors. The Heritage Center just celebrated its 20 birthday. Visitors experience all the traditions of the Panhandle-High Plains of Texas at the Old Muleshoe Depot. You can also peer into Jane's Ranch House and take a close look at the Old Muleshoe Ranch cook house. There is a one-room log cabin to remind younger generations of the hardships our founders endured while settling this part of the west. The old hotel, and other items of interest, as well as the world's largest muleshoe make for history lesson that will stay with your memories for life.

Contact the Muleshoe Heritage Foundation at (806) 272-5873.


Wildlife Refuge

The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a wintering and resting area for migrating waterfowl and is the oldest refuge in Texas. The refuge is located 20 miles south of Muleshoe on State Highway 214 and encompasses more than 5,809 acres. Sandhill cranes begin arriving in late September. During the six month period that the cranes are away from the Alaskan and Canadian breeding grounds, the refuge hosts one of the largest concentrations of sandhill cranes in North America.

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 and are most likely seen in the evening hours.

A visitor center, featuring displays of birds and mammals common to the Area, 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 infromation, please call 806-946-3341.

Sports Academy

Home of National & World Gymnists

Sports Academy opened its doors in 2001 and has since placed Muleshoe, Texas on the national map when it involves gymnastics training and competition. Gymnastics teaches strength, quickness, flexibility, self-discipline, importance of focus, boosts self-esteem, as well as prepres the athlete physically to decrease chance of injury.

“With a city as willing as Muleshoe is to support our program in the manner in which they do, it is no wonder we have been able to produce some of the top area athletes. Just a couple of years ago we were able to send two of our young ladies to the Olympic trials to compete. Since our opening over 2000 kids have enjoyed our programs and we currently have over 200 enrolled.” stated Will Green, Owner and Operator of Sports Academy.

“We are here because the citizens, the local Chamber and the EDC let us know they wanted us here. I thank each of them and look forward to serving this community for many generations.” added Mr. Green.

The programs of Sports Academy enhance tremendously the preparation young athletes have for the more traditional school related sports. The programs serve as a valued asset to our youth, our community and our region.

Visit the first-class facilities of Sports Academy at 2309 W. American Boulevard.

Roadriders Motorcyle Road Rally

The Muleshoe Roadriders hold their motorcycle rally the 3rd weekend of March.  The riders gather at the Bailey County Coliseum to begin a "poker run" and they are furnished a map with designated stops.  Each rider gets a playing card at each stop.  The riders return to the coliseum and at that time the winning hand is determined and monetary prizes are awarded from the entry fees.

Each year the members also plan a trip to the mountains to enjoy a scenic ride.

Tour de Muleshoe

TheTour de Muleshoe rolls along scenic farmland and sandhills for you to ride either fast or slow as you choose. This is not a race -- enjoy yourself.

All three rides follow a triangle course. The 10 mile is flat with good shoulders, one rest stop at half way; the 40 mile begins with small rolling hills for the first 10 miles, followed by 12 miles of scenic sandhills, ending in 18 miles of small, smooth ups and downs; the 100k follows similar road conditions for a longer distancs and all end back in Muleshoe at the starting point.

Tour de Muleshoe is held annually in June during Father's Day Weekend.
(Check back for the 2007 dates)

Mule-Putt Miniature Golf

Located just off U.S. Hwy. 84 between Bailey County Coliseum and The Heritage Center, the Jennyslipper Mule-Putt Golf Course opens in Mid-May and continues its operation until Mid-September.  Regular operting hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  A concession area offers soft drinks, candy, popcorn, ice cream and corn dogs.

Major Events & Festivals

Name of EventApprox. Date of Event
Bailey County Junior Livestock ShowJanuary
Muleshoe Roadrider Rally (Poker Run)March
Tour de MuleshoeJune
Chamber Awards BanquetJuly 4th Weekend
4th of July Parade, Activities & FireworksJuly 4th Weekend
Mule DaysJuly 4th Weekend
Muleskinner Golf TournamentAugust
Rotary Annual Labor Day RopingSeptember
Annual Coat DriveOctober
Christmas Around MuleshoeDecember


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:

  • Cafe 21- 414 W. American Blvd. Muleshoe (806) 272-4021
  • China Buffet  -  1820 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-8999  
  • Dinner Bell Restaurant  -  2103 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe
    (806) 272-4080
  • Kuka's Burritos  -  924 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe (806) 272-3776
  • Leal's Restaurant  - 1010 W. American Blvd, Muleshoe  (806) 272-3304
  • M B Express  -   328 S. Main, Muleshoe  (806) 272-3176
  • McDonald's  -  1301 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-3333
  • Muleshoe Golf & Country Club  -  Country Club Road  (806) 272-4250
  • Pizza Hut  -  1412 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-4213
  • Sonic Drive In  -  1633 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe  (806) 272-3998 
  • Subway Sandwiches  -  1900 W. American Blvd., Muleshoe
    (806) 272-5337
  • Taqueria Guadalajara  -  1201 W. American Blvd., (806) 272-4333
  • Stripes/Laredo Taco Company  -  107 E. American Blvd.  (806) 272-3978
  • United Supermarket Deli  -  104 W. 9th Street, Muleshoe (806) 272-3120


Name of InstitutionNumber of Students
Muleshoe High School348
Watson Junior High School321
Deshazo Elementary School351
Dillman Neal B. Elementary492
South Plains College Muleshoe Center(Nursing School & Continuing Education)

Muleshoe Independent School District is ranked as a Class 2A school with approximately 1512 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.

2012 was a very successful year for the Muleshoe Mules! With the $30 million in facility construction complete, Muleshoe ISD now has state-of-the-art educational facilities of which students, staff , and the community can be very proud for years to come.  The Muleshoe ISD Board of Trustees recently authorized $100,000 to be used for a District Technology Grant to enhance the use of technology in teaching and learning in the classroom.  The community of Muleshoe is committed to providing a quality education for its children, and this construction project and technolgy upgrades are just a couple of examples of that commitment.

Last year, DeShazo Elementary and Dillman Elementary were rated RECOGNIZED by the Texas Education Agency.  In addition, 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 budget of about $13 million, and has a total of 225 employees.  Our 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 received $500 scholarship from MOST Scholarship Fund to go to any post secondary institution.  Muleshoe ISD appreciates the community and friends who contribute funds every year to support our students.

We had a very successful year in both Academics and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Mighty M Band- Sweepstakes Award for Marching and Concert/ Sight-reading Contests
  • Muleshoe High School Football Team  -- State Semi- Finalists
  • Coach David Wood- Texas 2A, Division 1 Coach of the Year
  • Boys Cross Country --  Regional Qualifier
  • Boys Golf    --  Regional Qualifiers
  • Boys Track   --  Regional Qualifiers and STATE CHAMPION in 800M run- Junior Baca
  • Softball  --  Bi-District Champions
  • Academic Challenge  --  3rd Place finish at State Contest         
  • UIL Academic Contest   --  2nd Place Team Overall
  • UIL Speech Team  --  Regional Champtions
  • UIL Poetry  --  State Qualifier
  • UIL Prose Interpretation  --  2nd Place at UIL State Contest
  • UIL Persuasive Speaking- State Qualifier
  • UIL Social Studes  --  State Qualifier
  • UIL Choir  --  43 High School Choir students advanced to UIL State Competition
  • UIL Choir  --  Individual All-State Choir member- Ryan Johnson
  • UIL Choir  --  4 members of High School Choir chosen to perform with Lubbock Chorale

The following teams or individuals also advanced past the District-level in extra-curricular competition:

  • Art       
  • Band
  • Tennis
  • FFA
  • Choir
  • Power-Lifting
  • Girls and Boys Track

The achievements of the past school year were made possible because of the determination and hard work of our entire education team- school board, administration, teachers, staff, students, parents, and supportive community.

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

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


The first library in  Muleshoe was started by the Muleshoe Study club and the 1939 Study Club.  The first recorded date for library salary was September 1942.  At that time it was called the Bailey County Library and was located in the Bailey County Court House.  It was open three afternoons a week.

The Muleshoe Area Public Library  opened August 10, 1964.  The library was open 24 hours a week.  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 6000 square ft. octagon-shaped building opened December 15, 1971.

The library has been the proud recipient of 2 Tocker Foundation grants, 3 Texas Book Festival grants, 2 Frank Dobie grants, 3 Telecommunication Infrastructure Fund grants and 2 Libri Foundation grants.

The library has 18,070 materials including books, videos, audios and sound recordings.  This does not include magazines, paperbacks or 16mm films.  Annuals from the different community schools are also available.

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am to 6 pm


  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Southwest Collection
  • Children's Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Current Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Audio Books - Cassettes and CDs

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

Computer Access:

  • Seven public Internet terminals
  • Three laptops for use in the meeting room and library
  • Must be registered to use
  • Registration requires picture ID

Children's Programs:

  • Summer Reading Club in June
  • Storytime - every Tuesday 4-5 pm


  • Cards issued to residents with Texas ID card/Driver's License
  • TexShare cards issued to patrons of good standing upon request
  • TexShare cards from member libraries honored
  • Loan Star privileges to out-of-town patrons with proof of Texas residency
  • Borrowing period is 14 days; some restrictions apply


  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Free Internet access for registered users
  • Automated checkout
  • Public access photocopier:  15 cents per copy
  • Public Fax: 
    • Local - 10 cents per page
    • In Area Code - 50 cents per page
    • Out of area Code - $1.00 per page


Population of Bailey County:  6,724
Area size:  826 square miles
Altitude:  3,779
Population of Muleshoe, Texas:  5,158
Zip Code:  79347
Total Households:  2,595
Weekly average wage for Bailey County:  $554.00


The Muleshoe Journal is a weekly newspaper publication.  Out-of-town papers include the Lubbock Avalanche Journal and the Amarillo Daily News.  The local radio station is KMUL 103.1 FM, (505) 762-6200.  The cable television service is Reach Broadband with 46 basic channels including our own locally owned Channel 6 providing all the news, sports and current events from Muleshoe and Bailey County as well as 8 packages of premium channels with digital basic channels and pay-per-view channels plus internet, (800) 687-1258.  Telephone service and internet is provided by Five Area Telephone Cooperative, (806) 272-5533.