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Major campus beautification project begins with trees surrounding dairy barn

Major campus beautification project begins with trees surrounding dairy barn

The area around Texas Tech University’s historic dairy barn is set for a facelift in the coming year, as the university puts a major campus beautification project in gear. A portion of the $2.5 million project includes a mixture of trees and walkways for the area between the dairy barn and the main library building. Along with planting new trees, the project will also include new landscaping and will renovate the irrigation system, lighting and walkways. Planting is expected wrap-up by the middle of March.

“The dairy barn is a vital part of the agricultural heritage of Texas Tech,” said Michael Galyean, dean of Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Built in 1926, the barn is one of the four original buildings on what was then known as Texas Technological College. By 1931, Tech’s Dairy Manufactures Department was self-supporting, furnishing milk and ice cream to campus cafeterias and the Lubbock community.

The college herd, comprised of cattle bought by or donated to the college, swelled beyond the barn’s capacity by 1935. As a solution, students were asked to remove their own cattle from the barn and the era of tuition payments through milk sales came to an end. The facility continued to serve as an educational site for students interested in the industry until it was abandoned in 1964, when dairy operations were moved. The dairy barn and silo were officially designated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or michael.galyean@ttu.edu

 

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