GALLERY: Dairy Barn goes green with new Tech campus beautification project
A major facelift for some of Texas Tech's most iconic scenes is winding down this summer. The greening of the West Library Mall and the area surrounding Tech's iconic Dairy Barn are part of a $2.5 million campus beautification project that included the university's Broadway Avenue entrance and Memorial Circle.
Along with new trees, the project around the historic dairy barn included new turfgrass and landscaping, along with an irrigation system, lighting and walkways. "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
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