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Famous Landmarks in Lubbock – Our Top Five

Famous Landmarks in Lubbock – Our Top Five

It’s hard to say just what a landmark is. To some people, a landmark is something that has been in place for years and years. It could even be decades or ions before their own time. To others, a landmark is something your town is known for. A certain person, place or thing that stands head over water in what your town is known for. To me, a landmark is anything you want it to be. So we scoped the town to find our Top Five Famous Landmarks in Lubbock.

Stubb’s BBQ:

Many people think that Stubb’s BBQ is just an Austin, TX staple and is only a capital city establishment. Many people are also wrong. Stubb’s BBQ was actually first established here in Lubbock. Christopher B. “Stubb” Stubblefield was born in Navasota, TX in 1931. Stubblefield and his family moved to Lubbock during the 1930s where he would grow, and eventually go on to create the original Stubb’s BBQ.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q opened its doors in 1968 and was located on east Broadway street. Stubb’s played host to BBQ and Music lovers all throughout the 70’s and 80’s. It was known for their fantastic grub and equally fantastic music. Musicians said to have played at Stubb’s included Jessie “Guitar” Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, Tom T. Hall, B. B. King and many others.

Stubb’s restaurant burned to the ground in the 1980s and was never rebuilt. Below is the memorial created for the restaurant and the genius behind the great eats, Christopher B. Stubblefield. Stubb’s passed away in 1995 but his legacy, and BBQ, lives on. Stubb’s can also be found online at StubbsAustin.com.

Jones AT&T Stadium:

Jones AT&T Stadium first opened their doors in 1947 and was originally named Clifford B. and Audrey Jones Stadium. The home of the Texas Tech Red Raider football team was originally only built to house 27,000 crazed fans. Now, after multiple expansions and renovations, Jones Stadium can seat over 60,000 die hard Red Raider fans.

Jones AT&T is a staple in the city of Lubbock for Saturday’s in the fall. More than 80,000 tailgaters and football fans surround Jones Stadium for miles in preparation of the Texas Tech game. Jones AT&T has seen its fair share of monumental games, most noticeably Tech’s 2008 victory over then top ranked Texas.

Check out the glory of Jones AT&T Stadium below and look for a quarter of the population of the Hub City at the next Tech football game. Thanks to our friends from Getty Images for letting us relive the 2008 game too. Also, take a look at everything that is Jones AT&T Stadium and Texas Tech football by clicking here.

Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial:

Thousands of names of the brave men and women who have served their country proud line the walls and benches of the Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial. It’s almost overwhelming just how many fine Americans have served their country so proudly and to see just how many have also given their lives for protecting this fine country.

It’s not to the size of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., but it is just as touching a tribute to our soldiers. Over 20,000 names line the walls of the memorial here in Lubbock with more names being added yearly.

Below are some pictures of the War Memorial and the quotes that surround the entire area. Take the time to go out and visit and pay tribute to the 20 thousand plus names. If you can’t make it out to the memorial, then visit them online here.

American Wind Power Center:

You may know it as the place that has a bunch of windmills, but the American Wind Power Center is more than just that. It’s a shrine to all things wind power related and an informative experience that everyone should experience. Yes, the American Wind Power Center does house a lot of cool windmills, but did you know that it’s actually that largest number of windmills in a designated area?

The American Wind Power Center is open for tours of any sized group. It’s also one of the best spots in the city to get a great view of the skyline of the Hub City. Take a look at some of the photos below and see just what I mean when I say best skyline of Lubbock shot. Also take a look at some of their fantastic windmills by going in person or checking them out online at Windmill.com

Buddy Holly:

Yes, a man is a landmark for an entire city. Here in Lubbock, nothing is bigger than the man, and the music behind the man, that is Buddy Holly. Buddy is the tops when it comes to a landmark for the city of Lubbock and for music around the world.

Born in Lubbock in 1936, Holly spent his short life growing up and living the traditional West Texas lifestyles for his time. Buddy was a bit of an originator in his music though, as his work has influenced numerous bands including, most noticeably, The Beatles. Holly moved out of Lubbock in 1958 but the legend and the music still live on today. Holly passed away on February 3rd of 1959. Buddy died in a plane crash along with fellow musicians Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Most refer to that day as “the day the music died,” much like Don McLean did in his smash hit “American Pie.”

Lubbock has several memorials to Holly in the city including street names, a walk of fame, a small museum and a park. I could give you a photo gallery like I did for the previous four landmarks, but the music is more than a landmark for the city. Enjoy Buddy’s hit song “Peggy Sue.”

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