Seat of Lubbock County and major city of the South Plains. Established
1891 as compromise between rival town builders. Slow early growth;
settlers complained of prairie fires, sandstorms, tumbleweeds,
and occasional droughts.
Today a city of industry, technology, oil, agriculture, warehousing,
medicine and culture. Site of Lubbock Christian Univ., Texas
Tech Univ. and School of Medicine, and Reese AFB.
Major annual event is Panhandle-south Plains Fair, last week in
Sept., one of largest regional fairs in state. Draws quarter-million
visitors to pageants, contests, and entertainment as well as traditional
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 entertainment
industry. Plaques include Mac Davis, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Dean,
four members of the Crickets, others; bronze statute of Lubbock's
favorite son, rock-and-roller Buddy Holly. 8th St. and Ave. Q.
LUBBOCK FINE ARTS CENTER
LUBBOCK LAKE LANDMARK STATE HISTORICAL PARK
ROBERT A NASH INTERPRETIVE CENTER
LUBBOCK VISITOR INFORMATION
MACKENZIE STATE PARK
MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER
OMINIMAX & SCIENCE SPECTRUM
TEXAS WATER RAMPAGE
- 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. - 4 p.m., at 2600
Avenue P. 806/767-2686.
- LUBBOCK LAKE LANDMARK STATE HISTORICAL
PARK-Remarkable state and national historic landmark yields
evidence of continuous human occupation from approximately 12,00
B.C. to the present. Little disturbed stratigraphic and artifactual
records identify prehistory cultures including early Clovis,
Folsom, Plainview, and Firstview peoples. Excavations have revealed
remains of extinct mammoth, horse, camel, giant bison, and a 6-ft.
long armadillo. Archaeological excavations continue each summer;
crews often international with students from around the world.
- ROBERT A NASH INTERPRETIVE CENTER
exhibits fossils and artifacts form the site, also children's
learning center. Park open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun.
1-5 p.m.; day-use areas include interpretive trails, shade shelters
and picnic tables. Admission. 806/741-o306. Access to archaeological
area by guided tours only (by Museum of Texas Tech University),
offered only during active archaeological work; inquire at 806/742-2479.
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 &
Visitors 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.
- MACKENZIE STATE PARK-Day-use
park operated by city attracts more visitors than any other state
park in Texas. Prairie Dog Town in park is one of few remaining
colonies of its type in nation. Visitors enjoy close-up views
of the frisky little animals that once inhabited the plains by
the millions.. Swimming, picnicking, golf, and children's amusement
Also in park is segment of Yellow house Canyon, site of last
fight in Lubbock county between buffalo hunters and Indians in
1877. Yellow House Canyon was known to Spanish explorers as early
as 17th Century. Within city off East Broadway and Avenue A.
- MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY-Exhibits
cover the broad range of arts, humanities, social sciences, and
natural sciences with emphasis on study of arid and semiarid lands,
their environments and cultures that inhabit them. Among notable
exhibits, the Diamond M Art Collection including fabulous jades
and ivories that once belonged to Helena Rubinstein. Open Tues.
- Sat. 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Moody Planetarium in museum offers
programs Tues. - Fri. beginning 2 p.m., Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Sat.
- Sun. at 2 & 3:30 p.m. Fee for planetarium. 4th St. &
Indiana Ave. 806/742-2490.
- NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER-Story
of Panhandle ranching told in 30 authentic structures moved to
this 14-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 Sun. afternoon.
Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Just east of
Museum of Texas Tech (above). 806/742-2498. Nearby, 1875 Goodman
Cotton Gin also may be visited.
- OMINIMAX & SCIENCE SPECTRUM-Theater
uses the largest film frame in cinematic history (70 mm) and
advanced projector to project images on huge 58-ft. diameter dome
screen, visually encompassing the audience. Shows daily; for
information, 806/745-MAXX (6299).
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. Admission.
- TEXAS WATER RAMPAGE-Water theme
park for swimming, splashing, tubing, water slides; also go-carts.
Open during summer daily noon to 7 p.m. except Sat. opening at
11 a.m. Admission. On U.S. 62/82 1.5 mi. southwest to Loop 289;
- WINERIES-Cap Rock is a new High
Plains winery. Tasting room and gift shop open every afternoon;
tours Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., other days 1-5 p.m. From South Loop
289, U.S. 87 south approx. 6 mi. to Woodrow Road, then east to
the winery. 806/796-0701.
Llano Estacado Winery, born from a casual experiment with
grapevines shading a Lubbock patio, this winery now is 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.
Pheasant Ridge Winery is an estate vineyard covering 47 acres
devoted solely to vinifera varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Tasting second Sat. each month 10
a.m. - 4 p.m. I-27 north some 8 mi. to F.M. 1729 at New Deal;
east on F.M. 1729 2 mi., south one mi. to winery. 806/746-6033.
Pedro's Tamales - "...these may well be the best Tamales you have ever eaten!"
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