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Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock is the seat of Lubbock County and a major city of the South Plains. The abundant grass and the expansion of the cattle industry in the 1880s led to the cattle empires on the Texas Plains and the settling of two towns, Old Lubbock and Monterey. In 1890, the two cities came together and mutually accepted a new site, which they called Lubbock, and it became the center of ranching and cattle operations in the area.

Today, Lubbock is a city of industry, technology, oil, agriculture, warehousing, medicine and culture, and the site of Lubbock Christian University, Texas Tech University, School of Law, and Health Science Center. Lubbock's citizens support the city's live music, ballet, and community theater productions, as well as the activities of its colleges and universities.

A major annual event is the Panhandle-South Plains Fair, the last week in September, one of largest regional fairs in the state that draws a quarter-million visitors to pageants, contests, and entertainment as well as traditional fair exhibits.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Llano Estancado 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

Lubbock, TX Wineries

Lubbock Memorial Arboretum

On 93 acres with trees, shrubs and many other plants. A central lake is home to swimming ducks and many birds frequent the area. The grounds and Hodges Rose Garden open daily. On the second Sat. of the month, gardening programs are held at the Interpretive Center at 9:30 a.m. on 4111

Lubbock, TX Aboretums

Lubbock National Historic Landmark

Remarkable national historic landmark yields evidence of continuous human occupation from approximately 12,000

Lubbock, TX Landmarks

Historic Depot District

A nightclub and restaurant area where restaurants feature all types of food. The Cactus Theater is a restored 1930s motion picture theater, which now offers live music and theater productions. In former Fort Worth to Denver Railroad Depot. Nightclubs feature live music venue, including country/

Lubbock, TX Historic Districts


Things to do near Lubbock, TX

Annual Armored Division Memorial Museum

Museum dedicated to honoring the Annual Armored Division, which trained in Camp Barkeley, near Abilene, and served during Wor...

1890 Jail Museum-Heritage Center

Heritage Center-The old jail served as the detention center until 1973. It now houses the original cells and a never-used gal...

Depot Library/Museum

In old Santa Fe depot (c. 1908); houses public library; museum features local history and extensive collection on Cynthia Ann...

Swisher County Archives & Museum

Museum maintains collections of ranch and farm artifacts. A five-room house, rebuilt inside the main exhibit hall, is furnish...

American Wind Power Center

Windmills of all descriptions are found on the grounds of this 28-acre site, donated in 1993 by the City of Lubbock to docume...