Former U.S. Rep. George Mahon to be recognized with historical m

Former U.S. Rep. George Mahon to be recognized with historical marker

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Photo from Lubbock County Historical Commission Photo from Lubbock County Historical Commission
LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

 

The Lubbock County Historical Commission will dedicate a Texas Historical Marker on Saturday, August 10, at 10 a.m. honoring U. S. Representative George Mahon.

The marker will be located in front of the George and Helen Mahon Library at 1306 9th St. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized that the former congressman had siginificant impact on Lubbock and Texas history by awarding him an Official Texas Historical Marker.

Speakers for the dedication include County Judge Curtis Parrish, Mayor Dan Pope and Janet Neugebauer, author of  “A Witness to History: George Mahon, West Texas Congressman.”

The Lubbock County Historical Commission is inviting the public to attend.

George Mahon was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives from the newly-created 19th District in 1935. and retained this seat for 44 years. Mahon was instrumental in West Texas projects such as the reactivation of Reese Air Force Base in 1949, and construction of Interstate 27 from Amarillo to Lubbock. After the 1970 tornado in Lubbock, Mahon persuaded federal officials to grant millions in federal aid to the city. A new library, built on the site of the devastation, was named for George Mahon and his wife Helen.

 

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