Seat of Lubbock County and major city of the South Plains. The
abundant grass and the expansion of the cattle industry in the 1880's lead to the cattle
empires on the Texas Plains and the settling of two towns: Old Lubbock and
Monterrey. In 1890 the two cities came together and mutually accepted a new site,
which they called Lubbock; it became the center of ranching and cattle operations in the
Today Lubbock is a city of industry, technology, oil,
agriculture, warehousing, medicine and culture, the site of Lubbock Christian University,
Texas Tech university and school of medicine, and Reese AFB. Lubbock's
citizens support the city's live music, ballet and community theater productions, as well
as the activities of its colleges and universities. Major annual event is the
Panhandle - South Plains Fair. Held the last week in September, it is one of the
largest fairs in the state, and draws a quarter - million visitors to pageants, contests
and entertainment as well as traditional fair exhibits.
Lubbock lies on I - 27/U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains
Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Buddy Holly Statue and Walk of Fame-
Honors Lubbock and West Texas natives who have made significant
contributions in the entertainment industry. Plaques include Mac Davis, Waylon
Jennings. Jimmy Dean, Bobby Keys, Ralna English, G.W. Bailey, Barry Corbin, four members
of The Crickets, Tanya Tucker, Joe Ely, Roy Orbison, Bob Wills, the Gatlin Bros., Thomas
Leslie "Snuff" Garrett, Jr., and members of the Maines Bros. Band. The
center of the walk features a bronze statue of Lubbock's favorite son, rock - and - roller
Buddy Holly. 8th St. and Ave. Q
Godbold Cultural Center-
This is where visitors can enjoy the beauty of the visual and
performing arts. Original works by artists of regional and international fame are
displayed in various gallery rooms. Ballet, classical music, jazz, and drama are
performed in the Main Stage Center. Contains a cafe, espresso and cappuccino bar,
specialty shops and gift shop. 2601 19th St. 806/741 - 1953.
Historic Depot District-
A unique restaurant and night club area where restaurants feature
everything from mouth - watering barbecue to fine dining. In the former Fort Worth
to Denver Railroad Depot. Night clubs feature a live music venue, including
country/Western, popular alternative, and rhythm&blues. Also includes a
microbrewery. Downtown adjacent to I - 27at 19th St. and Avenue Q. For
information contact the Lubbock Visitor Information Center at 1 - 800 - 692 - 4035.
Lubbock Fine Arts Center-
Changing exhibits of visual arts from photography to painting to
sculpture. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 2600 Avenue
Lubbock Lake Landmark State Historical Park-
Remarkable state and natural historic landmark yields evidence of
continuous human occupation from approximately 12, 000 B.C. to the present.
Relatively undisturbed stratigraphic and artifactual records identify prehistoric
cultures including early Clovis, Folsom, Plainview and Firstview peoples.
Excavations have revealed remains of extinct mammoth, horse, camel, giant bison,
and a 6 foot long armadillo. Archaeological excavations continue each summer; crews
are often international with students from around the world.
The Robert A. Nash Interpretive Center exhibits fossils and
artifacts from the site, and includes a children's learning center. Park open Tues.
- Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; day use areas include interpretive trails,
shade shelters and picnic tables. Admission. 806/765 - 0737. Access to
archaeological area by guided tours only (by museum of Texas Tech University), and offered
only during active archaeological work; inquire at 806/742 - 2546. Park is at
northwest edge of Lubbock, access from intersection of U.S. 84 and Loop 289.
Lubbock Visitor Information-
Literature about attractions, visitor sites, events; information
about dining and accommodations. Lubbock Chamber of Commerce/Convention &
Tourism Bureau corner of 14th St. and Ave. K, open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Fri. 806/747 -
5232 or 1 - 800 -692 - 4035.
Day use park operated by the city. Prairie dog town in the
park is one of the few remaining colonies of its type in the nation. Visitors enjoy close
up views of the frisky little animals that once inhabited the plains by the millions.
Picnicking, golf and Joyland Amusement Park.
Also in then park is a segment of Yellow House Canyon, site of the
last fight in Lubbock County between buffalo hunters and Indians in 1877. Yellow
House Canyon was known to Spanish explorers as early as the 17th century. Within
city off East Broadway and Avenue A.
Museum of Texas Tech History-
Exhibits cover the broad range of arts, humanities, social sciences
and natural sciences with an emphasis on the study of arid and semiarid lands, their
environments and the cultures that inhabit them. Among notable exhibit, the Diamond
M Art Collection including fabulous jades and ivories that once belonged to Helena
Rubinstein. Open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Thurs. to 8:30 p.m.); Sun. 1 - 5
p.m. Moody Planetarium in Museum offers programs Tues. - Fri. beginning 3:30 p.m.,
Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Sat. - Sun. at 2 & 3:30 p.m. Fee for planetarium. 4th Street
and Indiana Avenue. 806/742 - 2490.
Omnimax and Science Spectrum-
Theater uses the largest film frame in cinematic history (70mm) and
an advanced projector to project images onto a huge 58 ft. diameter dome screen, visually
encompassing the audience. Shows daily; for information, 806/745 - MAXX.
Experience learning through discovery at Science Spectrum.
It's a hands - on science, nature and technology museum especially for youngsters,
and adults too! "Kidspace" for preschool children. Traveling
exhibits throughout the year. For information, 806/745 - 2525. Open Mon. -
Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5:30 p.m. 2579 S. Loop 289.
Ranching Heritage Center-
Then story of Panhandle ranching is told in 33 authentic structures
which have been moved to this 15 - acre site: bunkhouses, barns, dugouts, windmills, ranch
homes and school from 19th and 20th centuries, excellently restored and furnished.
Docents in period attire host visitors on Sun. afternoon. Open Mon. - Sat. 10
a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. Just east of Museum of Texas Tech (see above). 4th St
and Indiana Ave. 806/742 - 2490.
Texas Water Rampage-
Water theme park for swimming, splashing, tubing, water slides; also
go - carts. Open during summer daily noon- 7 p.m. except Sat.
opening at 11 a.m. Admission. On U.S. 62/82 1.5 mi. west of Loop 289;
admission. 806/796 - 0701.
This collection is the largest compilation of primary source
materials dealing with the Vietnam War apart from the holdings of the U.S. Government.
In the Texas Tech Univ. Library. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Features a tasting room, gift shop and tours Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. -
5 p.m.; Sun. noon - 5 p.m. From South loop 289, U.S. 87 south approximately 6 mi. to
Woodrow Rd., then east to the winery. 806/863 - 2704.
Wineries-Llano Estacado Winery
Born from a casual experiment with grapevines shading a Lubbock
patio, this winery is now one of Texas' largest. Tasting room samples Chardonnay,
Chenin Blanc, Riesling and others. Gift shop and tasting open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. -
4 p.m., Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Tours available. Take U.S. 87 south to F.M. 1585, then
3.2 miles east. 806/ 745 - 2258.