Vintage photo courtesy Ken Sharpe
in a Pecan Shell|
Present day Lubbock is a merging of two towns - Old Lubbock and Monterey.
Rival town promoters saw the writing on the wall and realized it was mutually
beneficial to do so. The compromise was reached when Lubbock County was organized
The town was named after Colonel Thomas S. Lubbock, Texas Ranger
and brother of Texas Governor Lubbock.
in Lubbock's History 1884:
Post Office opened in Yellow House Canyon (now part of a city park)
Lubbock County Organized / The newspaper Lubbock Leader was founded
The Lubbock Avalanche newspaper is founded
1909: Santa Fe Railroad enters
Lubbock from Plainview
1916: First Electrical Plant started
Technical College is founded (later Texas Tech)
1936: Lubbock Lake Archeology
Site is discovered
1969: Texas Tech College becomes Texas Tech University
1972: Liquor is sold - Lubbock loses it's claim on being the largest "dry" city
in the United States
A half-revealed painted sign from downtown Lubbock
Photo by Wes Reeves
Lubbock County Courthouse:
The modern-style building built in 1950 replaced their 1915 courthouse.Museum
of Texas Tech University:
4th Street and Indiana AvenueRanching
Heritage Center: Indiana and 4th Street (East of Texas Tech) 15 acres with
33 structures actually used by 19th and 20th Century pioneers - dugouts, windmills,
barns and bunkhouses.
Historical, Architectural & Outdoor
Power Center: Canyon Lake Drive between 19th and Broadway.
Holly Walk of Fame:
8th Street and Avenue Q.
Buddyt Holly Festival in early September.
Mackenzie Park: Avenue
A and East Broadway - Includes a Prairie Dog Town
Lubbock Lake Landmark State Historical Park
5 miles east of Lubbock on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River
Chamber of Commerce / Convention and Visitor's Bureau:
1301 Broadway, Ste. 200, Lubbock, Texas 79401
Phone (806) 747-5232, 1-800-692-4035
Hotel Here > Lubbock
House by Byrone Brown|
Sculptor and architect Robert Bruno has bequeathed
to us his Steel House, sometimes referred to as “The Metal Mansion”, just outside
of Lubbock in Ransom Canyon.
Lights and UFOs
by Clay Coppedge
I've seen some weird things. But I never saw the Lubbock
Lights. They came along a couple of years before I was born, in 1951. As far as
I know, which isn't very far, they haven't returned but their mystery and the
legend surrounding the lights has never quite gone away... more
by Mike Cox
Two Lubbock ghost stories and one strange tale of a man who made
his amends for a ghastly crime one brick at a time, as told by Rob Weiner, a librarian
at Texas Tech University.
County Library, Slaton Branch|
Vintage photo courtesy Texas State Archive
Texas Old Photos|
The ol' (elevated) swimmin' hole |
windmill] was on our farm in Lubbock, Texas in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
The tank was a converted oilfield boiler manufactured by my father. As six and
seven year-old children, we would climb the windmill, scoot across the small pipe,
and swim in the tank. - Bob Walker, A Texan in Florida, December 20, 2005
Legendary Stardust Cowboy
by Clay Coppedge
In the wake of his TV debut, those of us who did not know
he lurked in our Lubbock midst were told how ol’ Stardust had always been contrary
Thomas A. Langford
by Byron Browne
"... I had, up that point, suspected that Dr. Langford
was extraordinary and now I had both strong proof and witnesses..."
old College Avenue Co-op Gin|
|Growing Up in Lubbock|
found your web site today. It’s fantastic! My
family was in the cotton ginning business
in Central Texas
and the Panhandle. I saw a
lot of back country along the old U.S. Route 84 between Hubbard
(Hill County) Texas and Lubbock, Texas. I still love to stop and look at the old
I was in Denison
a few weeks ago and found an old railroad station. Railroads and stations are
one of my passions. Denison has an old hotel, too, that must have seen a lot of
Above is the old College Avenue Co-op Gin. The gin was south
of Lubbock. It WAS College Avenue then because Texas Tech was not a university.
They changed the street name when the Tech became a university. My earliest memories
were when it was steam driven. I remember the old steam engine, the boiler and
the fireman who ran it. Then they tore that down and put in a huge Waukesha engine
that my twin brother and I could crawl down into the cylinders! Then they went
My first school was Wheelock Elementary in Lubbock. It
was made up from old U.S. Army barracks taken from some base somewhere. Then Wheelock
I remember a ginner (a man who ran the gin stands) was killed
when he was pulled into the saws and chewed to death. It was a horrible death.
The saw was boxed up, but my twin brother, Jerry, and I sneaked in and saw it.
It was all bloody. My father, Lloyd C. Goode, was manager. We lived on the gin
property. Later my father installed individual electric motors on each gin stand
so that the ginners did not have to clean the saws while the saws were turning.
Jerry and I say that one day we will take a day or two and re-trace that U.S.
84 route from Waco,
TX, to Lubbock just to see all those little towns again. This was the late
1940’s and early 1950’s. U.S. 84 must have followed the railroad because tracks
ran parallel to U.S. 84 for most of the way. The towns I remember are Gatesville,
just to name a few. My mother was stopped for speeding in Roscoe
once. I remember a truck stop on U.S. 84 then but is now I-20. It was between
Roscoe and Abilene.
It had huge oil derrick out front hold up the sign. That derrick is still there!
- Regards, Jay Goode, Goode Web Design, www.goodewebdesign.com, December
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