New Deal, Texas

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New Deal is a town in Lubbock County, Texas, United States. The population was 708 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

New Deal was originally known as Monroe, named for Monroe G. Abernathy, a local landowner.[3] The town was originally developed as a train station loading site. People began to settle there and that is why the town was built alongside the railroad tracks and highway. The train identification name for the township still reads Monroe alongside the railroad tracks. Some time afterward the town wanted a post office and requested the permit for the Monroe Postal Station. Because there was already a town in Texas with the name Monroe City, the U.S. postal department changed the name of the town to New Deal after Franklin D. Roosevelt's programs and to go along with the consolidated school system's name.[3] This information was all developed when the school system had to write a history when applying for a federal grant. In 1970, the township was incorporated by the vote of its citizens. The city of Lubbock, Texas, was planning some annexation of surrounding lands and the people of the New Deal area decided to incorporate rather than be annexed to the city of Lubbock. A local farmer, Billy Fortenberry, was the first mayor. In 1970, Ray Edell West, a city councilman for three years, became the mayor. Under his mayoral direction in the next 7 years, the town built a City Hall, Volunteer Fire Department building and jail.

Geography

New Deal is located on the level plains of the Llano Estacado just to the north of Lubbock, Texas at 33°44′03″N 101°50′09″W / 33.734048°N 101.835862°W / 33.734048; -101.835862 (33.734048, -101.835862).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

At the 2000 census[1], there were 708 people, 235 households and 192 families residing in the town. The population density was 684.1 per square mile (265.4/km2). There were 262 housing units at an average density of 253.2/sq mi (98.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 74.72% White, 0.99% African American, 0.14% Native American, 21.47% from other races, and 2.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 41.10% of the population.

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