The Silent Wings Museum is on the west side of Lubbock International Airport and used to be part of the South Plains Army Airfield. This was where most of the military glider pilots that served in World War 2 trained. The museum features some of the few, and best preserved, glider aircraft from the era. There is also a neat C-47 cargo plane here. Check out the three display areas and the multi-media theater. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for sniors (60 and up); $2 for kids 7 to 17 and college students with ID; and free for kids under 7 and active duty military in uniform. The admission fee for this museum will also allow entrance to the Buddy Holly Center.
To me though the best place to go to taste wine, and possibly buy a bottle, in this part of Texas is probably McPherson's Cellars. They have been growing grapes and making wine since the 1970s and have some great Texas wines on hand. Nice, comfortable tasting room too. Hours are 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Saturday.
The Depot Entertainment District, AKA the "Lubbock Cultural District" includes the Buddy Holly Center and Plaza; the Cactus Theatre; a variety of nightclubs; an interesting variety of restaurants, along with historical sites, and microbreweries and wineries. The district is around the old depot which houses the Buddy Holly Center.
The Cactus Theater was built in 1938 as a neighborhood moviehouse, using the Art Deco style of architecture. Today it serves as a venue for live music, musicals and plays. There is an open air concert area across the street called the Cactus Courtyard, and a Cactus Chophouse and Brew Company. The Cactus Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
bbock is a fairly large city of 230,000 (up 16% since 2000) located at the intersection of four US Highways (62, 82, 84, and 87) and Interstate 10; in the Panhandle Plains part of West Texas. Lubbock is the county seat of Lubbock County. Both the city and the county were named after Colonel T. S. Lubbock, a businessman and soldier who fought for Texas dusing the Civil War. Lubbock died during the war; but of typhoid fever, not bullets. Lubbock County was formed in 1876 and although the area of the city of Lubbock was occupied around then the city was not officially formed until 1890. There are two universities and a number of attractions in Lubbock.
There are 3 historic districts and 11 individual listings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Lubbock. There are quite a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest here. One area I especially liked is around the old railroad depot. The Kress Building (photo 2) is one of the buildings on the register.
En route from Canyon to Abilene, I pulled off at Lubbock's Mackenzie Park where there is a marvelous Prairie Dog Town. Many of the prairie dogs had pups, and it was really amusing to see them playing. My friend had given me some trail mix to eat on the road and, after weeding out the Hershey kisses (not sure whether prairie dogs can tolerate chocolate), I threw some of the gorp over the wall. Prairie dog chow!
The PD City was established by K.N. Clapp in 1935, at a time when the government had an active prairie-dog poisoning program. With a friend, he constructed the "town" and stocked it with a single breeding pair of black-tailed prairie dogs. The place is now home to several hundred animals (although...how do they know? It could be one prairie dog popping up all over the place!) who provide a wealth of simple entertainment for the on-lookers in a multi-acre walled park. There are also picnic areas, baseball diamonds, a golf course, and an amusement park on site -- not for the prairie dogs, duh.
PRARIE DOGS? OK I HAVE SEEN TWO OR THREE PAGES THAT HAVE THE PRARIE DOG TOWN LISTED AS A MUST SEE ACTIVITY? GRANTED NOT EVERYONE GETS TO SEE THESE ON A REGULAR BASIS,,,, BUT COME ON? HOW FUN CAN IT BE TO STAND AROUND STARING AT RODENTS? IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE SOME TEXAS WILDLIFE GO TO THE PALO DURO CANYON (AND IF YOU MUST SEE PRARIE DOGS THEY HAVE SOME THERE TOO!). LUBBOCKS BEST ASSET IS IT'S PEOPLE, THERE IS NOT A FRIENDLIER PLACE ON THE PLANET, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION. SO GET OUT, INTERACT! (WITH HUMANS, NOT RODENTS). THE UNIVERSITY HAS ABOUT A THOUSAND DIFFERENT MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS, SEE THEM. THERE ARE ALSO AROUND 15 OR 20 SMALL COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA THAT HAVE A TON OF LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS AS WELL.
HOME OF BUDDY HOLLY!!!! WHAT MORE CAN YOU WANT?
Go and see the Ranching Heritage Center. It is great!
There are lots of neat old buildings that portray the history of Lubbock and of life on ranches. There are several different sizes of ranch homes. My own ancestors lived in a dugout and there is even a dug out at the Ranch Heritage Center.
A couple of sites to see in Lubbck:
1. Lubbock Musuem of Science
2. Lubbock Planetarium
3. Mackenzie State Park
a. Prairie Dog Town
b. Joyland Amusement Park
c. Golf Course
4. Buddy Holly Park
5. Buffalo Springs Lake
6. South Plains Mall (the only one in Lubbock)
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