Los Ybanez, Texas

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Los Ybanez is a city in Dawson County, Texas, United States. The population was 32 at the 2000 census.



Los Ybanez is located at 32°43′5″N 101°55′9″W / 32.71806°N 101.91917°W / 32.71806; -101.91917 (32.717986, -101.919052)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.

Los Ybanez was organized in the late 1970s (formally incorporated in 1983) as one of several Texas municipalities that were organized in order to legalize local sale of alcoholic spirits. These were usually small areas of land, adjacent to larger towns or cities. Others included "Impact" near Abilene, TX and "Orbit" near Monahans, TX.

Texas law provides that all its 254 counties are essentially "dry"; that is, liquor sales are not allowed. Local governments can opt for these sales through "local option" elections. The western half of Texas is generally and historically dry, though as the metro areas grew, most allow liquor in clubs, some on sale in stores.

Los Ybanez was founded by members of the family of Israel G. and Mary Ybanez. Ybanez purchased a tract of land outside all towns from the state of Texas (who'd obtained title from the federal government after WWII.) The land had been used for soldiers' barracks during military training exercises at an adjoining glider base. Family members were moved to the land to occupy the houses and establish residency. Later they incorporated as a town, got a US Post Office, and legalized liquor sales. The store operates to this day as a drive through only operation, accepting only cash.

The Ybanez family also founded a local radio station KYMI (FM) (Now KBXJ(FM)) as a vehicle for advertising for the liquor store business. KYMI began on 107.9 MHz, but moved to 98.5 in 1996 when a station in Odessa upgraded facilities. KYMI received money for a new transmitter and antenna in return for agreeing to change channels.

Federal Communications Commission decision regarding change in channels http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1995_Orders/da950395.txt

Sources: 1)"Texas Almanac" published Annually by Belo Corporation. 2)Ongoing coverage of liquor election controversy Lubbock Avalanche Journal Archives 1980-1982. 3) Interview with Israel Ybanez published in Broadcasting Magazine (now Broadcasting & Cable) 1991.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 32 people, 10 households, and 9 families residing in the city. The population density was 365.1 people per square mile (137.3/km²). There were 12 housing units at an average density of 136.9/sq mi (51.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.00% White, 6.25% African American, 21.88% from other races, and 21.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 75.00% of the population.

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