To collect, preserve, document, and interpret the material culture of Lubbock and the South Plains, and its adjacent West Texas regions.
For nearly a century date nails were driven into railroad ties to help track the rate of deterioration of wooden ties. Although no longer used today, they may be found in place in many parts of the country. Date nails are highly sought after by railroad memorabilia collectors. The exhibit of date nails from the Museum History collection spans more than 75 years.