The county of Dawson is located in and was founded in 1905. There are 13,833 residents in Dawson who have access to courthouses in Lamesa. In general, each county has a full set of courts, from traffic court to superior and appellate court; supreme courts are usually located in the state capital. is part of the 5th federal circuit court as well.
There are 9,422 residents in Lamesa, which is 5.0 square miles and 2,992ft above sea level.