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Day 4’s “Hub City Hot Spot” is…

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Buddy Holly Center

In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-11), the Visit Lubbock Team surveyed thousands of past visitors to Lubbock asking them to share their favorite places to visit, eat and see. Based on those responses, we determined the top nine locations that past visitors feel every local and future visitor to Lubbock should experience. It should come as no surprise that one of the most popular spots in Lubbock for visitors is the Buddy Holly Center.

People come from far and wide just to pay homage to the late singer. In fact, people make special trips to Lubbock from around the world, for example, Germany, just to see where Holly lived. In total, the center saw more than 35,000 visitors from October 2012 to September 2013. This included visitors from 48 states and 33 different countries. What are they coming to see? The Buddy Holly Center collects, preserves and interprets artifacts relevant to Lubbock’s most famous native son. Included in the display are Buddy Holly’s Fender Stratocaster; a songbook used by Holly and the Crickets, clothing, photographs, recording contracts, tour itineraries, Holly’s glasses, homework assignments, report cards and much more.

2013 was a special year for the Buddy Holly Center and fans alike. In celebration of what would have been the late Buddy Holly’s 77th birthday, the Buddy Holly Center opened the doors to the childhood home of J.I. Allison, former drummer for The Crickets. The house is literally just a flick of a guitar pick away from the museum. We were there to meet J.I. Allison, Sunny Curtis and Joe Mauldin for the grand opening of the Allison home.

Complete with original items and furnishings from the Allison family, it is the same home where J.I. and Buddy wrote some of The Crickets most famous songs, including “That’ll Be The Day.” Visit once and you’ll see why people believe this is where rock ‘n’ roll was born.

Today’s winner of the “Hub City Hotspot” Prize Pack is Carlos Olivares. Be sure to check Visit Lubbock’s Facebook page tomorrow morning to guess the fifth “Hub City Hotspot” according to previous visitors to Lubbock.

Buddy Holly Center Fast Facts:

  • Location: 1801 Crickets Ave.
  • Hours of Operation: Closed Monday, Open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, Open 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Admission Cost: $5 for general admission; visit buddyhollycenter.org for additional costs
  • Phone: 806.775.3560
  • Website: www.buddyhollycenter.org