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Community Profile

Muleshoe is located in the north western Panhandle Plains region. 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 only incorporated city in Bailey County making it the county seat. The rich soil of Bailey County rises above the Texas average National Commodity Crop Productivity Index at 29 NCCPI. 90% of the land in the county 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

 

Transportation

Major 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

 


 

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 with 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

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.

 

Golf Course

The Muleshoe Country Club offers golfing enthusiasts a mature, scenic course as well as a challenging layout. The fairways are lined with elm trees and the greens are of medium size and fast. Shot accuracy is at a premium on this course. 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 
or Follow us on Facebook!

Muleshoe Country Club
(806) 272-4250
900 Country Club Dr., Muleshoe, TX 79347

 

Bailey County Senior Center 

Muleshoe has one of the most active senior centers' in the Panhandle of Texas! 

See for yourself! 

The center hosts daily games and activities, classes, educational programs, weekly entertainment and several annual events. Learn More 

Bailey County Senior Center
(806) 272-4969
muleshoeseniors@outlook.com
319 South Main Street
Muleshoe, Texas 79347

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

All center activity and updates are posted regularly on Facebook

 

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 or visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/muleshoe/
 

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 more 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
  • 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  -  1025 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

Workforce Development and Education

Muleshoe Independent School District 

Muleshoe ISD is ranked as a Class 3A school with approximately 1,512 students enrolled this year. 

Muleshoe ISD has received a SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT rating from the Texas Education Agency for its financial condition for 8 years in a row.

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.

The Muleshoe ISD Board of Trustees established the MOST Scholarship which awards every graduating senior a $500 scholarship for any post secondary institution.

www.muleshoeisd.net

Muleshoe Acceleration and Collegiate Academy 

The Muleshoe Acceleration and Collegiate Academy opened at Muleshoe High School in 2020. The progressively designed program helps students advance in higher education and become competitive in the workforce.

Muleshoe Acceleration and Collegiate Academy Goals

  • Increase graduation rates
  • Increase the number of students enrolled in dual credit courses
  • Provide a variety of dual credit courses 
  • Lower student costs to enroll in dual credit courses
  • Increase the number of students who graduate with industry certifications
  • Prepare students for their next step upon graduation, whether it be a trade school, a 4-year college, or directly into the workforce.

The Muleshoe Acceleration aspect was created for students who have fallen behind or are missing certain graduation credits. This program provides the space, resources, and direct support for students who have found themselves off-track of their graduation plan.

The Collegiate Academy provides the opportunity for students to earn online dual credits by giving them the space, time, tools, and oversight they need to succeed. Students can choose from 62 online classes offered by South Plains College. A major benefit to this program is the cost savings for students to earn college course credits. Furthermore, Muleshoe ISD has established a reimbursement program for MHS Senior students who successfully pass their courses.

The Collegiate Academy is significant in shaping the development of Muleshoe’s workforce. With an objective to graduate students with both a high school diploma and an associate degree, the academy introduces one dual credit class at the freshman level.

Watch Now: Take a look inside the Muleshoe Academy and hear from MHS staff. 
(video courtesy of Gil Lamb Advertising, Channel 6)

Career and Technical Education

Muleshoe High School rises well above the state in average number of certifications!

The Career and Technical Education program at Muleshoe High School was revamped in the 2017-2018 school year by placing an emphasis on industry certifications. Today, MHS has helped more than 81 students become certified in a variety of fields.

Certification opportunities at MHS include:

  • Adobe (Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • D1.1 Structural Steel
  • Certified Nurses Assistant
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Floral Design 1 and 2
  • Educational Aide
  • Feedyard Technician

Colleges and Universities Within Commuting Distance

Clovis Community College
Clovis, New Mexico (32 miles)

Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico (37 miles)

South Plains College
Levelland, Texas (56 miles)

Wayland Baptist University
Plainview, Texas (60 miles)

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas (69 miles)   

Lubbock Christian University
Lubbock, Texas (69 miles)

West Texas A&M University
Canyon, Texas (82 miles)

Amarillo College
Amarillo, Texas (100 miles)

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 

Demographics

At a Glance

City Population: 5,158
County Population: 7,165
Retail Trade Area Population: 11,790
Daily Traffic Counts: 15,000 vehicles per day
Median Household Income: $52,273
Median Age: 33 years

 

 

Chamber of Commerce

The Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture serves as Muleshoe's official 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 (a.k.a. Old Pete). Inside you can find uniquely branded Muleshoe merchandise!

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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