Lajitas, Texas

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Lajitas, Texas
Unincorporated community
Lajitas in 2014
Lajitas in 2014
Lajitas, Texas is located in Texas
Lajitas, Texas
Lajitas, Texas
Location within Texas
Coordinates: 29°15′42″N 103°46′36″W / 29.26167°N 103.77667°W / 29.26167; -103.77667Coordinates: 29°15′42″N 103°46′36″W / 29.26167°N 103.77667°W / 29.26167; -103.77667
Country United States
State Texas
County Brewster
Elevation 2,342 ft (714 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 79852
Area code 432
GNIS feature ID 1339481

Lajitas is an unincorporated community in Brewster County, Texas, United States, in proximity to the Big Bend National Park.

Climate[edit]

Lajitas has a hot semi-arid climate with very hot summers and mild winters.

Climate data for Lajitas, Texas (Mar 1, 1978–Mar 31, 2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 89
(32)
98
(37)
102
(39)
109
(43)
113
(45)
115
(46)
113
(45)
112
(44)
110
(43)
104
(40)
97
(36)
90
(32)
115
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 68.8
(20.4)
75.0
(23.9)
83.1
(28.4)
91.2
(32.9)
97.8
(36.6)
102.2
(39)
100.5
(38.1)
99.1
(37.3)
95.1
(35.1)
87.8
(31)
77.4
(25.2)
69.2
(20.7)
87.3
(30.7)
Daily mean °F (°C) 51.7
(10.9)
57.1
(13.9)
64.5
(18.1)
72.7
(22.6)
80.8
(27.1)
87.6
(30.9)
87.3
(30.7)
86.0
(30)
81.5
(27.5)
72.0
(22.2)
60.5
(15.8)
52.2
(11.2)
71.2
(21.8)
Average low °F (°C) 34.6
(1.4)
39.1
(3.9)
45.8
(7.7)
54.3
(12.4)
63.8
(17.7)
73.0
(22.8)
74.1
(23.4)
72.9
(22.7)
67.6
(19.8)
56.3
(13.5)
43.6
(6.4)
35.2
(1.8)
55.0
(12.8)
Record low °F (°C) 14
(−10)
5
(−15)
19
(−7)
28
(−2)
42
(6)
59
(15)
54
(12)
61
(16)
47
(8)
27
(−3)
23
(−5)
10
(−12)
5
(−15)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.33
(8.4)
0.27
(6.9)
0.23
(5.8)
0.34
(8.6)
0.95
(24.1)
1.47
(37.3)
2.16
(54.9)
1.32
(33.5)
1.57
(39.9)
1.29
(32.8)
0.30
(7.6)
0.24
(6.1)
10.47
(265.9)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.001 in) 2.17 1.43 1.14 1.51 3.22 4.17 5.78 4.47 4.35 3.56 1.85 1.50 33.79
Source: Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute[1]

Government[edit]

For many years the mayor of Lajitas was Clay Henry III, a "beer-drinking" goat.[2] After two replacements of the original Clay Henry, the trading post and stable where the mayor lived is now closed and the goat no longer resides there.[3][4] There is going to be an election later this year[which?] to elect a new mayor of Lajitas.

Education[edit]

Lajitas is zoned to schools in the Terlingua Common School District.

Historical information[edit]

This is the adopted hometown of one of the region's well known philanthropists, Elle Webb.

Sports[edit]

The Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa is a 20,000-acre golf resort business in Lajitas owned by Texas businessman Kelcy Warren, who bought the resort from previous owner Steve Smith while the business was going through financial distress.[5] It is located on the Rio Grande river, bordering Mexico,[6] between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park.[7]

Airport[edit]

Due to the remoteness of the resort, Lajitas is serviced by the Lajitas International Airport, a private airport with a 5,000-foot asphalt runway.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LAJITAS, TEXAS (414950), Period of Record Monthly Climate Summary". Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Cannon, B. (2004). Texas: Land of Legend and Lore. Wordware Publishing, Incorporated. p. 204. ISBN 978-1-55622-949-7. 
  3. ^ "Mayor Clay Henry III: A Word About the Mayor". Lajitas Resort & Spa. Archived from the original on 7 May 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ RoadsideAmerica.com staff (May 2011). "Clay Henry - Famous Beer-Drinking Dead Goat". RoadsideAmerica.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Fenton, Tom (2015-09-14). "Lajitas Resort: Why you better go now - El Paso Inc.: Publishers Column". El Paso Inc. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  6. ^ a b Black Jack's Crossing Golf Club, Bradley S. Klein, Business Jet Traveler, August 2012.
  7. ^ Texas: Bordering on the bizarre, by Russell Baillie, New Zealand Herald, 5:00 PM Thursday Mar 16, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hilton, Evelyn. "Lajitas, TX". TSHA Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. 

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