Even if a person has visited Lubbock
many times, there is always something
new to discover in this Texas
city. Although the word “unique” is
used a lot today, it seems to apply perfectly
in this case.
This bustling city with a population of
more than 200,000 is a blend of agriculture,
Texas culture and music. For that
reason, a visitor will never have any trouble
finding a different restaurant or historical
building to explore while in town.
More than 200 years ago, Lubbock was
covered with tall grasses and roaming buffalo.
Today, it is at the center of a thriving
cotton production area in the High Plains.
In 1902, the area produced four bales of
cotton. By 1932, in the middle of the
Great Depression, that figure had
increased to 100,000 bales.
Today, it is obvious that Lubbock has
come a long way since those early days.
In short, it has become a major center for
Thousands of visitors come to Lubbock
every year to experience the great music,
shopping, fine arts, performing arts, dining,
Big 12 sports and entertainment.
However, no matter how much Lubbock
grows, it still offers visitors that small-town
hospitality and West Texas charm.
For those visiting Lubbock for this
week’s Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association
Annual Meeting and Trade Show, there
are ample opportunities to experience the
sights and sounds of the city.
From award-winning wineries to an
archaeological preserve and the largest
cowboy symposium in the world to its
rich musical heritage, an array of unexpected
adventures await travelers.
One of the most famous Lubbock musical
heroes from the past is legendary
singer Buddy Holly. He is remembered in
numerous musical venues and programs
across the city.
Lubbock is known as the Hub City, and
there is a reason for that name. The city is
surrounded by five major Texas highways,
giving the appearance of a hub on a
wagon wheel – hence, the nickname
One of the best kept secrets in Lubbock
is its growing list of wineries. Included in
this list are: Cap Rock Winery, La Diosa
Cellars, Llano Estacado Winery, McPherson
Cellars Winery and Pheasant
Most of the grapes used in wine production
are grown in areas adjacent
The center of activity in the city is
Texas Tech University with a student
population of more than 30,000. It is one
of the larger universities in the state.
Ironically, this year’s TCGA headquarters
hotel, The Overton, is located adjacent to
AT&T Jones Stadium where Texas Tech
plays its home football games.
Want some other outlets for family entertainment?
How about these choices?
• Allen Theater at Texas Tech – This theater operates year-round and offers a
charming space to present concerts, dance performances, movies and plays.
• Cactus Theater – Once a popular downtown movie theater, it now produces one-of-a-kind performances.
• Lubbock Lake Landmark – An archaeological and natural history preserve.
• Vietnam Archive – Encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the
American Vietnam experience.
• Public Art Collection Walking Tour – Designated as one of the 10 best in the
• Legacy Play Village – A unique facility where children can play while learning about the long legacy of the South Plains.
• Antique Mall of Lubbock – Offers 150 showcases and 50 booths.
• South Plains Mall – The largest mall located between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Albuquerque.
• Canyon West – Lubbock’s newest, largest shopping/entertainment venue featuring premium retailers, including Target, Cost Plus World Market, Ross, PetSmart,
Kirkland’s, Main Event, Cracker Barrel, Ultra and more.
• KK’s Craft, Gift and Collectable Mall – Where locals come to sell their wares, and customers from near and far travel to get the best merchandise for the