The 2012 West Texas Assessment conference will be held in the beautiful McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center in Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock is located in West Texas. Our great city is surrounded by five major Texas highways giving the appearance of a hub on a wagon wheel, giving Lubbock the nickname of "Hub City." Although Lubbock still maintains an atmosphere of small town charm and comfort, it also offers big city attractions and excitement. From award-winning wineries to archeological preserves and the largest cowboy symposium in the world to its rich musical heritage, Lubbock has something for everyone.
In 1923, Lubbock citizens pushed hard to win the bid to establish a new college. Texas Technological College opened in 1925 with 1,379 students. In 1976, the name changed to Texas Tech University and expanded with the addition of a medical school. Today, Texas Tech is a first-class educational and research institution with over 31,000 students.
Lubbock, Texas, is home to both Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Today, Lubbock is a flourishing city and home to over 270,000 residents, but 200 years ago, the area was covered with tall grasses and roaming buffalo. The region was first discovered and named the Llano Estacado, meaning "staked plains," by the infamous Spanish explorer Francisco de Coronado in 1540 on his quest for the "City of Gold."
As a leader in the farming industry, Lubbock made great strides in the cotton industry. The area went from producing four bales of cotton in 1902 to producing over 100,000 bales in 1932. Today, Lubbock County produces an astonishing 300,000 bales of cotton per year.
Known as the "Music Crossroads of West Texas," Lubbock is home to many musical legends, including Lubbock son Buddy Holly, Mac Davis, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Natalie Maines, Bob Wills and Pat Green.
Lubbock Fast Facts
- Population: 270,550 (est. from 2009 US Census Bureau)
- Elevation: 3,241 ft.
- Average October Temperature: 60°F
Must-sees in The Hub City
Where the locals eat in The Hub City
- Bash Riprock's
- Bigham's Smokehouse
- Café J
- Cagle's Steaks
- Cap*Rock Café
- Chimy's Cerveceria
- Gardski's Loft
- Home Café
- Jazz – A Louisiana Kitchen
- La Diosa Cellars
- Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse
- One Guy from Italy
- Orlando's Italian Restaurant
- Peace O'Cake Cupcakes
- Riversmith's Chicken & Catfish
- Stella's Restaurant & Deli
- Triple J Chophouse and Brew Co.