A History Buff’s Guide to Lubbock
The Lubbock area is rich in history and heritage. Currently, more than 244,000 people call Lubbock home. But in 1890 when two towns, Old Lubbock and Monterey, joined forces and established Lubbock after Thomas S. Lubbock, just 50 citizens inhabited the city.
Lubbock was built on a thriving farming industry and made great strides in the cotton industry as well. Today, Lubbock continues to produce two to three million bales of cotton per year, but is known as much more than a farming city.
Aside from being the home of Texas Tech University, Lubbock is famous not only for talented musicians that hail from the city like Buddy Holly and Natalie Maines, fine dining, museums, a rich art and cultural scene but also for its friendly, hospitable atmosphere. A visit to Lubbock provides all the conveniences and excitement of a big city, but with the charm of a close-knit town and the neighborly affection of an old friend.
Speaking of museums, here’s a quick list of Lubbock museums that allow you to discover and engage in the city’s vibrant history and heritage:
- Buddy Holly Center & Allison House
- American Wind Power Center
- Bayer Museum of Agriculture
- Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark
- Museum of Texas Tech University
- National Ranching Heritage Center
- Silent Wings Museum
Lubbock is also known for hosting many events throughout the year that celebrate our history. Be sure to mark your calendar for these events:
- National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration
- Buddy’s Birthday Bash (Buddy Holly Center)
- The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly Center)
- D-Day Event (Silent Wings Museum)
- Veterans Day Event (Silent Wing Museum)
- Candlelight at the Ranch (National Ranching Heritage Center)
- Ranch Day (National Ranching Heritage Center)