For 12 millennia, natural resources attracted humans to the region that Spanish conquistadors named the Llano Estacado (the Staked Plains). Nineteenth-century westward expansion brought many Americans to the plains, and small towns began to develop. On December 19, 1890, two communities on the Llano Estacado joined forces to create Lubbock. The sights and sounds of families moving their homes, farms, and businesses to the fledgling community exemplified the spirit of commitment, sacrifice, and cooperation that citizens of Lubbock continue to display. Today, 250,000 people call Lubbock home, and it remains the socioeconomic center of the Llano Estacado.
Author Bio: Founded in 1979, the Lubbock Heritage Society remains dedicated to celebrating and preserving the architectural and cultural history of Lubbock. Pamela Brink, Cindy Martin, and Daniel Sánchez are all active members of the organization, participating in many heritage projects, including the preservation of St. Paul’s on the Plains Chapel and Lawson’s Roller Rink. Pamela Brink owns Associated Authors & Editors, Inc., and is a professional writer and editor. Cindy Martin is a professional archivist specializing in West Texas history. Daniel Sánchez is an oral historian with the Texas Tech University Southwest Collection.
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