February 16, 2017

Lubbock Landmarks

Lubbock, with its population of less than 250,000 still has a number of landmarks that are both fun and educational for families.  Your interest might be in animals or music history, or in wines and wineries, but whatever those interests are, there is something for you to see in Lubbock.

Some of the more popular landmarks you won’t want to miss include:

  • Prarie Dog Town
  • Buddy Holly Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame
  • Buddy Holly Center
  • Llano Estacado Winery
  • The Cactus Theater
Prairie Dog Town remains a favorite spot for kids in Lubbock.

Prairie Dog Town remains a favorite spot for kids in Lubbock.

Prairie Dog Town

Prarie Dog town, conceived and implemented by K. N. Clapp in 1935, is a small enclosure inside McKenzie State Park where black-tailed prairie dogs live in large numbers.  The site was meant to be a safe haven for the animals from a poisoning, which was taking place in Lubbock at the time.  Originally started with just two sets of black-tailed prairie dogs, it has grown to a “town” of several hundred of the little critters.  It’s listed as the 5th most visited attraction in Lubbock.

 

 

Buddy Holly Center, Statue and West Texas Walk of Fame

The Buddy Holly Center, listed as number 2 on TripAdvisor’s list of things to do in Lubbock, is a museum and tribute to the life of the West Texas music legend.  The center includes the house of the Crickets practiced in as a part of the grounds.  A tour of the center itself is a look back into the music scene in Lubbock in the 1950’s with lots of memorabilia from the era.

The statue and West Texas Walk of Fame are located nearby and the park includes a great place for a photo.  The walkway and park highlight other prominent musicians that have called Lubbock and the surrounding area home and includes such stars as Mac Davis, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, and Nathalie Maines.

The Cactus Theater is a major part of the Depot District

 

Cactus Theater

Built in 1938 as the first suburban neighborhood movie theater in the area, it had a classic art deco style and architecture and included an upper balcony and seating for 750.  The theater, which remained open for about 20 years, was closed in 1958 due to competition in the area.

It was however reopened as a featured part of the new “Depot District,” with a full renovation.  When it was reopened, it was set up for live performances as well as movies and has become an important part of the culture in the area.

 

Llano Estacado Winery

Llano Estacado Winery, which was the first post-prohibition winery on the South Plains, planted its first crop of grapes in 1978.  From these humble beginnings, the winery has grown to its current production and sale of 170,000 cases of wine annually.

It began when a Texas Tech horticulturist and chemist got together with other investors, who all believed that the Llano Estacado region could produce top quality wine grapes.   The winery struggled through many years of trials, but in 1984, the winery won a “Double Gold” at that year’s San Francisco Fair’s Intl Wine Festival for it’s Chardonnay.  This put the winery on the map and it has never looked back.  Today it is the best selling Texas wine available.