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Lubbock County Seat, Texas Panhandle

33° 34' 40" N, 101° 53' 24" W (33.577778, -101.89)

US 27, 119 miles S of Amarillo
Hwys 84, 87, 62 and 385
139 miles N of Odessa
162 miles NW of Abilene
327 miles W of Dallas
Population: 260,972 Est. (2019)
229,573 (2010) 199,564 (2000) 186,206 (1990)

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Lubbock, Texas Topics:

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Lubbock Landmarks/Attractions
  • Lubbock County Courthouse › next page
  • Lubbock County - Towns & ghost towns › next page
  • Lubbock Stories (Of Ghosts & Men)
  • Lubbock Old Photos
  • Growing up in Lubbock
  • Lubbock Hotels

  • Lubbock County Jail, Lubbock, Texas old photo
    Lubbock County Jail
    Vintage photo courtesy Ken Sharpe
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    History 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 in 1891.

    The town was named after Colonel Thomas S. Lubbock, Texas Ranger and brother of Texas Governor Lubbock.

    Highlights in Lubbock's History

    1884: Post Office opened in Yellow House Canyon (now part of a city park)
    1891: Lubbock County organized / The newspaper Lubbock Leader was founded
    1900: The Lubbock Avalanche newspaper is founded
    1909: Santa Fe Railroad enters Lubbock from Plainview
    1916: First Electrical Plant started
    1923: Texas 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

    Lubbock Landmarks/Attractions

    The present 1950 Lubbock County Courthouse, Lubbock, Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007
    Lubbock County Courthouse
  • The Lubbock County Courthouse: The modern-style building built in 1950 replaced their 1915 courthouse.

  • Museum of Texas Tech University: 4th Street and Indiana Avenue

  • Ranching 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.

  • Wind Power Center: Canyon Lake Drive between 19th and Broadway.

  • Buddy 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

  • Buffalo Springs Reservoir: 5 miles east of Lubbock on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River

    Lubbock Tourist Information
    Chamber of Commerce / Convention and Visitor's Bureau:
    1301 Broadway, Ste. 200, Lubbock, Texas 79401
    Phone (806) 747-5232, 1-800-692-4035

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  • First United Methodist Church, Lubbock Texas
    First United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2003
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    Lubbock TX - Cactus Theatre Neon

    Cactus Theatre
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
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    Lubbock TX - Kress Building
    Kress Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
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    Lubbock TX - Kress ghost sign
    Kress building ghost sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
    ghost sign in Lubbock, Texas

    A half-revealed painted sign from downtown Lubbock
    Photo by Wes Reeves

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    Lubbock Texas - Steel House in Ransom Canyon

    Steel House in Ransom Canyon
    Photo courtesy www.robertbruno.com

    Steel 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.

    Lubbock Chronicles
  • Lubbock 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

  • Lubbock Ghost Stories 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.

  • Who killed J.W? by Clay Coppedge
    The first recorded murder on the South Plains of Texas happened when Lubbock lawyer J.W. Jarrott was shot and killed while watering his team of horses near the present-day community of Ropesville on Aug. 27, 1902... James William Jarrott - Jim to his many friends and associates - moved with his family to Lubbock in June of 1901. . more

  • People

  • The 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 to ordinary...

  • Professor 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..."

  • The Walking Arsenal by Clay Coppedge
    We don't know if Harry Raymond Pope set out to make a name for himself when he chose crime and violence as a vocation, but judged by the standards of others in his line of work, he did pretty well for himself. He even made the FBI's Top Ten Wanted list in 1959-sort of an all-star team for criminals.

  • Lubbock, Texas Old Photos
    "Rooms with a Past"
    Hotel Lubbock
    "Texas Schoolhouses"
    Lubbock Senior High School
    Texas Tech College
    Lubbock county library Slaton Branch, Lubbock Texas old photos
    Lubbock County Library, Slaton Branch
    Vintage photo courtesy Texas State Archive
    Texaco Station, Lubbock, Texas
    Texaco station at night
    Photo courtesy Jim Busby

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    Growing Up in Lubbock

    Lubock, Texas  - Old College Avenue Co-op Gin
    The old College Avenue Co-op Gin
    I 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 railroad depots.

    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 life.

    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 electric.

    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 was rebuilt.

    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, Comanche, Abilene, Sweetwater, Slaton, Roscoe 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 29, 2010

    Windmill in Lubbock, Texas, 1930s-40s
    The ol' (elevated) swimmin' hole
    [This 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

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