Ken Brock (center) accepts one of ten Gold Book awards including Publisher of the Read more →
Lubbock, Texas Facts:
- County: Lubbock
- Coverage Area (Total): 123.6 sq. miles
- Elevation: 3,256 ft.
- Population: 229,573
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Abernathy, Ackerly, Acuff, Amherst, Anton, Arnett, Brownfield, Bula, Cap Rock, Cone, Cotton Center, County Line, Crosbyton, Earth, Edmonson, Fieldton, Floydada, Gail, Hale Center, Halfway, Happy Union, Hart, Hollandville, Hurlwood, Idalou, Justiceburg, Kress, Lamesa, Lariat, Lazbuddie, Lehman, Levelland, Littlefield, Lockney, Loop, Lorenzo, Lubbock, Maple, McAdoo, Meadow, Merrell, Morton, Muleshoe, Needmore, New Deal, New Home, O’Donnell, Olton, Patricia, Petersburg, Pettit, Plains, Plainview, Post, Punkin Center, Ralls, Ransom Canyon, Ropesville, Shallowater, Slaton, Smyer, Southland, Spade, Springlake, Sudan, Sundown, Tahoka, Union, Verbena, Welch, Wellman, White River, Whiteface, Whitharral, Wilson, Wolfforth, Woodrow
Lubbock was officially founded in 1890 with the merger of two existing smaller towns – "Old Lubbock" and Monterey. The terms of the merger included keeping the Lubbock name but the original Monterey town site, which required previous Old Lubbock residents to relocate south to the Monterey location. This relocation also included placing Old Lubbock's Nicolette Hotel on rollers and pulling it across a canyon to its new location. Lubbock became the county seat in 1891 and was incorporated in 1909.
Lubbock's Texas Tech University (founded as Texas Technological College in 1923) and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (founded as Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1969) have operated under the Texas Tech University System since its establishment in 1996. The institution has the seventh-largest enrollment in the state of Texas and is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location. Lubbock is also home to other college campuses in the city including Lubbock Christian University, South Plains College, Wayland Baptist University, and Sunset International Bible Institute.
Lubbock maintains a variety of attractions including: