Downtown Lorenzo was down right barren, without a tree, until 1988, when the Lorenzo Chamber of Commerce working with the State of Texas, and the City of Lorenzo planted oak trees down both the east and west side of Harrison Avenue.
Since the sites for the location of the trees were on the state highway right-of-way the first step in the plan to plant the trees was to get approval from the state. The first round was a loss. The proposal was turned down. But Charlotte Gibbs, Johnnie Canter, and Ronnie Smith didn't give up. They worked diligently with Mr. Woody, an employee of the Texas Highway Department, in Lubbock to arrive at a suitable resolution to allow the planting to the trees on the highway's right-of-way.
The Chamber of Commerce's drive to raise the money to purchase the trees was very successful thanks to the very generous donations from the citizens of Lorenzo. A total of twenty-six oak trees each costing $100 were planted.
After the planting, it took several years for the trees to establish themselves. But now, these graceful oak trees are now doing very well and growing rapidly. They greatly enhancing the appearance of the downtown area. We are no longer the city with out a single, solitary tree in our business district.
Now the chamber and the City of Lorenzo are working to install brick planters around the some of the oak trees. There are currently eleven planters in place and there are another nine to be bricked. The chamber continues to work on completing this project.