On behalf of the Muleshoe City Council and the more than 35 employees of the City of Muleshoe I would like to welcome you to the City of Muleshoe.
The City of Muleshoe is a Home Rule city with a city manager form of government. The city was incorporated in 1926, became a Home Rule city in 1960, and is governed by a Mayor and four Council members elected from districts. The city’s current population is 4,915 – and growing the population represents an 8.5% population increase from the 2000 census.
Enrollment in the Muleshoe Schools has increased by more than 200 students in 3 years. Muleshoe has now passed a $25 million dollar school bond election to renovate and expand our campuses. Construction began in June. This type of school renovation has not taken place locally in 40 years.
The Muleshoe Economic Development Corporation has been successful in developing the dairy industry in Bailey County. There are currently 14 dairies in the Muleshoe trade area.
The MEDC has also been successful in attracting and retaining jobs in other areas such as L&L Pallet, Muleshoe Sports Academy, Muleshoe Pea & Bean, Texas Boll Weevil, Shafer Nursery, Williams Athletics and Office Supply, the Quest for Cash program, and the Muleshoe Center for South Plains College.
On November 1, 2006 Panda Ethanol Inc. announced that it intends to build a 100 million gallon-per-year ethanol plant west of Muleshoe. This facility will annually refine approximately 38 million bushels of corn into a clean-burning, renewable fuel for the nations' transportation needs. This facility will create 60 to 70 jobs on site and provide opportunity for "spin-off" local industries.
The success of the city's economic development efforts has resulted in new retail business as well as the expansion of existing business. Muleshoe has seen the opening of 2 new restaurants, a feed store, body shop, and irrigation service during the last few years.
Carolyn’s Christmas Creation moved into the old Joe’s Boot Shop building and greatly expanded their inventory to include many unique and exclusive items.
Muleshoe is home to several annual events sponsored by the Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture that attract participants and attendees from all across the United States and even a few from foreign countries. Those events include:
The City of Muleshoe is actively working with contractors and developers to develop low and moderate housing for the growing workforce.
The Muleshoe Area Educational Foundation, Texas WorkSource Commission, Muleshoe Area Medical Center, Muleshoe ISD, the City of Muleshoe, and Muleshoe Economic Development Corporation partnered with South Plains College to establish a Muleshoe Center for South Plains College. This distance learning initiative will offer college level courses locally through Interactive Television, the internet, and instruction from local educators. In August an “Open House” celebrated the opening of the South Plains College Muleshoe Center School of Nursing which is an LVN transitioning to RN program. This is a significant step for our community to be “growing our own”.
Muleshoe is the home of “Ol Pete” the National Mule Memorial. “Ol Pete” was invited and attended the first inauguration of President George Bush in 2001.
The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest national wildlife refuge in Texas. The Wildlife Refuge is the wintering spot for the nation’s largest concentration of sand hill cranes.
The Muleshoe Heritage Center offers visitors the opportunity to visit early day West Texas buildings including the Janes Ranch House, the Figure 4 Ranch House, a log cabin, the Muleshoe Ranch Cook House and Bunk House, the Virginia City Hotel and the original Muleshoe Santa Fe Depot.
Welcoming visitors to the Center is the “World’s Largest Muleshoe” standing 22 feet high and 17 feet wide.
Muleshoe Area Medical Center and Parkview Nursing Home along with 5 doctors, 1 chiropractor, 2 dentists, 1 optometrist, and 2 pharmacies provide excellent medical care for the residents of Muleshoe and surrounding area.
In addition to the Wildlife Refuge and the Heritage Center, other recreations opportunities include; Muleshoe Country Club and Golf Course, over 130 acres of parks with playground equipment, softball and baseball fields, Roger Miller Little League Park, a municipal swimming pool, Muleshoe Sports Academy, public tennis courts, a health and fitness center, and the most active Senior Citizen Center in West Texas.
The aggressively progressive nature of the citizens of Muleshoe is perhaps best stated by Tom Landry of L & L Pallet Supply when he stated:
“Proactive describes Muleshoe the best. I was looking at various places to locate my business so I could diversify and I found what I was looking for right here. They’re outside the box thinkers in this town and that is a little unusual for its size.”
We will be looking forward to your visit to Muleshoe in the very near future.
Mayor, City of Muleshoe