For thousands of years, across hundreds of generations, people have come to Lubbock Lake. Hunter-gatherers, from Clovis to Protohistoric peoples, the Apache and Comanche nations, and the founding of a modern city are each a part of the history of this National Historic Landmark that is one of the premier archaeological and natural history sites in North America.
In 2016, the Landmark celebrated 80 years of discovery that began with the accidental unearthing of a Folsom point in 1936 and continues to the present day.
A unit of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the Lubbock Lake Landmark is an archaeological and natural history preserve at the northern edge of the city of Lubbock, Texas. The Landmark contains evidence of almost 12,000 years of occupation by ancient peoples on the Southern High Plains. The Landmark welcomes visitors of all ages year round.
The Landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated National Historic and State Archeological Landmark.
Life continued on during the closure at the Landmark. Among our recent wildlife sightings are the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron (an adult with two juveniles!), Raccoons, Roadrunners, Eastern Cottontail Rabbits, Monarch Butterflies, Texas Horned Lizards, Snowy Egrets, Burrowing Owls, Prairie Dogs, Bull Snakes, Prairie Racers, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Coyotes, and Black-Tailed Jackrabbits.
In our region, some schools are back in session, others are meeting virtually, and still others are doing a combination of both. Even for in-person learners, activities like field trips are curtailed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. To meet the needs of teachers and students, Michela, the Landmark's Heritage Education Intern, produced a series of video tours of the Landmark's exhibits and history. For more information, contact our Heritage Education staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 806 742 1116.