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 2021, the Landmark celebrates 85 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.
In 2021, the Landmark celebrates 85 years of discovery that began with the accidental discovery of a Folsom point in 1936. By 1939, the West Texas Museum (now the Museum of Texas Tech University) had secured funding from the Works Progress Administration for the first excavation under the direction of Joe Ben Wheat.
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.