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Save the date! Please join the LHS on July 27th as we help the Bayer Museum of Agriculture celebrate 50 years of the Lubbock County Historical Collection. Tours of the restored Pullman Car will take place from 1-4 pm. Food trucks, live music and other family activities will also be available.


Save the date! Please join the LHS on September 27th for a special meeting its on downtown Lubbock and a Main Street Program.

Destination Downtown Lubbock

Save the date! Please join the LHS for its annual meeting on February 11, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. in the Formby Room, TTU Southwest Collection. The general public is most welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Destination Downtown, the program theme, features Beth Whitley Duke, Executive Director of Center City Amarillo, a Texas Main Street City. Her presentation is titled “The Main Street Way: Celebrating the Past. Building the Future.”

Duke will share the Main Street Program road map that is helping make Amarillo’s historic downtown a destination neighborhood through historic preservation, community events, and public/private partnerships, meeting or exceeding state and national standards for recognition as a Main Street City. For more information, please call 806-392-4949.

The LHS continues to make great progress on restoring the Underwood Pullman Car.

View the brochure of the history of the Underwood Pullman Car

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Lubbock, the Largest City on the South Plains

In 1890 local citizens founded Lubbock. The town grew slowly at first, but after 1909, when the Santa Fe Railroad arrived, the city expanded, reaching a population of over 4, 000 people in 1920. Continued growth followed, and in 1952, when workers found a 16th century Spanish dagger in the alley behind the Coca-Cola Bottling plant at 16th Street and Texas Avenue, the population stood at 70,000 inhabitants.

Lubbock, with a population of 210,000 in 2009, sits in the heart of a huge agricultural region, the Llano Estacado, a high, flat plateau with rich soils and until recently abundant water supplies. Indeed, the availability of water in part encouraged various Indian peoples to camp in the area around the future site of Lubbock and they in turn helped to determine the routes of Spanish expeditions, including that of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado  in 1541, across the region. Eventually, such important water courses as Yellow House and Blackwater draws led to permanent settlement at Lubbock.

The Federal Building is one of downtown Lubbock's architectural treasures, the beautiful period woodwork of its top-floor courthouse now in danger of destruction from a leaking roof.

Through the years, such settlement brought farmers, businessmen, and townspeople to Lubbock. The people, especially, but in addition agricultural, educational, and medical expansion represent keys to the city's economic growth and to its development as a regional transportation and marketing hub. And, in 2009, a short century after its incorporation, Lubbock remained not only the largest city on the South Plains but also one that could trace its roots through a deep past.

~by Paul Carlson for "Medieval Southwest: Manifestations of the Old World in the New. Texas Tech University, 2009"

Donate to the restoration of the Underwood Pullman Car

Historic Preservation Resources

Interested in historic preservation? The LHS has a list of local, state and national resources available, including books for sale written by our own members. Click here.

Our newest book pictured below is now available for purchase. KYFO interviewed one of the book's authors, Pam Brink, about the preservation of Lubbock's history. The interview can be heard here.

Press release with more information on the book and its authors.

"It is better to preserve than repair; it is better to repair than restore; it is better to restore than reconstruct." ~ National Trust for Historic Preservation

A new book about the South Plains Army Airfield by Donald R. Abbe was released on 4/28/14. To purchase the book directly from Arcadia Publishing go here. The book is also available on Amazon.

Welcome to the Lubbock Heritage Society's official website

The Lubbock Heritage Society began as a result of a two-year effort by the Junior League of Lubbock, Inc., to bring together those people in our community interested in preserving the city's colorful heritage. On a snowy January evening in 1979, over 90 persons attended an initial planning meeting, and two months later, the group incorporated itself as the Lubbock Heritage Society with 75 charter members. The Society also sponsored exhibits during the city's art festivals, sent representatives to appear before various city commissions on behalf of historic preservation issues, and initiated landmark designation requests for historic structures within the city.

The purpose of the Society is to discover, memorialize, encourage, promote, maintain, and support the preservation of the history, cultural heritage, and architecture of Lubbock, Texas, and the surrounding area.

The Lubbock Heritage Society is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with full financial accountability. We are happy to accept your donations, which are tax-deductible according to IRS guidelines. Thank you for your help!

Your gift to the Lubbock Heritage Society aids historic preservation in our community!

How you can make a difference in your hometown:

Since the founding of the Lubbock Heritage Society, members have given generously of their time and talents to help preserve Lubbock's most endangered historic assets. Join us now!

Things you can do right now:

  • Writers are needed to gather content for the LHS newsletter and other organizational resources.

  • Photographers  are needed to help build a photo album of local sites for our website.

  • Suggest program ideas.

Most endangered buildings in Lubbock
(in no particular order):

The Old Lubbock County Jail, 811 Main Street. The structure is Art Deco style and was constructed in 1931. The architect was S. B. Haynes.

The Davis-Benson House, 1724 Main Street. The bungalow style home was constructed in 1911. The architect was M. L. Waller. It was being renovated in 2012.

Liff Sanders Elementary School, 610 3rd Street. The structure is renaissance revival style and was constructed in 1911. The architects were Peters & Haynes.

The Godbold Cultural Center, 2601 19th Street. The structure was originally the Plains Hospital and Clinic. It currently serves as a the location for Cafe J and Chrome.

Historic Lubbock structures that have been saved and renovated (or will be renovated) for re-use:

The Dairy Barn on the campus of Texas Tech University was constructed in 1925 and is listed as a National Register property.  It received a new roof in 2012 and a Texas State Historical Marker in 2015. It is currently undergoing renovation and will be reopened as a multi-use faciltiy.

The Kress Building, 1109 Broadway. The structure was constructed in 1932 and is listed as a the National Register property. The architect was E. F. Sibbert. The building has been purchased by Burklee Hill Vineyards and reopened as a tasting room.

The Pioneer Hotel, 1204 Broadway. The structure is renaissance revival style and was constructed in 1926/1929. The architect was the firm of Sanguinet-Statts & Hedrick. It was renovated in 2012 by McDougal Companies and has been turned into condominiums. Link to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's article on the building's transformation.

The Landwer-Manicapelli House in north Lubbock's Yellowhouse Canyon is a Spanish colonial style stucco structure. It has been renovation by the City of Lubbock.

    The Myrick-Green Building, 1211 Avenue J. The structure is renaissance revival style and was constructed in 1927. The architect was the firm of Sanguinet-Statts & Hedrick. The building, along with the Cobb Building, was purchased by the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group and renovated for use as office space in 2013. Link to EverythingLubock.com story on the buildings renovation.

    The Old Federal Building, 800 Broadway. The structure is classical revival style and was constructed in 1932. Update: the building has been purchased and has been renovated into loft apartments.


Lubbock Heritage Society, P. O. Box 5443, Lubbock, Texas 79408 (806) 392.4949, LubbockHeritageSociety@gmail.com