EPICENTER OF THE SOUTH PLAINS
Lubbock, birthplace of 20th century rockabilly icon Buddy Holly, understands that history is often in the details. The city’s Buddy Holly Center exhibits many personal items that once belonged to the singer-songwriter including his guitars and the glasses he wore during his fatal 1959 plane crash. Across town in Lubbock’s National Ranching Heritage Center are thirty-eight restored ranch and pioneer structures where annual Ranch Days feature living history demonstrations of frontier skills that were once used every day. The Museum of Texas Tech University also knows all about details with more than two million items in its collection. Dinosaur bones, historic photos, and artifacts provide the curious and inquiring mind with an idea of the region’s recent and distant pasts. Don’t spend all your time grounded, however. Look up in the sky and witness over one hundred vintage windmills at the American Wind Power Center and Museum. Learn how a simple ranch windmill works or get complicated and explore the technology behind today’s giant wind turbines and wind energy production. When you’re done, leave the details behind and hit the Depot Entertainment District. Here, considered the heartbeat of Lubbock’s downtown nightlife, restaurants, shops and live music give a whole new spin on the “epicenter” of the South Plains.