LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock’s George and Helen Mahon Library, at 1306 9th St., received a historical marker from the Lubbock County Historical Commission, part of a ceremony that took place Saturday morning.
The marker is dedicated to George Mahon, who served as U.S. House District 19′s first representative. His tenure started in 1935 and lasted for 44 years, until 1979.
Mahon’s work for the West Texas area and parts of the Panhandle included reactivating Reese Air Force Base in 1949, the construction of Interstate 27 to Amarillo and getting federal funding for the City of Lubbock after the deadly 1970 tornado.
The library was built in his and his wife’s name.
During the Aug. 10 ceremony the historical commission unveiled the new historical marker, which will sit in front of the library. Speakers for the event included Curtis Parrish, Lubbock County judge; Dan Pope, Lubbock’s mayor; and Janet Neugebauer, author of “A Witness to History: George Mahon, West Texas Congressman.”
Betsy Davis is George Mahon's granddaughter.
She said it was a bit of a joke in the family that Mahon put his district first and his family second, but that just showed his dedication to West Texas and she’s proud that dedication is still being recognized.
She expressed the gratitude of her family on Saturday, saying, “Especially in today’s political world, it’s nice to think he’s being recognized as a nonpartisan statesman. He truly was a statesman. We’re very proud of that and very proud of our grandfather. He was a great congressman and a great grandfather, also.”