Let's Learn About Lubbock
Fun facts about the city they call the "Hub."
According to the 2000 census, the Lubbock metropolitan area contains 242,628 people, ranking 13th in the state.
Lubbock is a major agribusiness center and a world leader in cottonseed processing. Other industries include feedlots, manufacturing, Texas Tech, and medicine.
The entire city is made of brick. There's a lot more dirt than trees on the South Plains.
Lubbock is so flat that Chronicle columnist and off-and-on resident Michael Ventura says, "You can see 45 minutes into the future."
Terry Allen's 7-foot statue of barbecue master and self-professed "cook" CB Stubblefield sits on the original Stubb's Bar-B-Q site in East Lubbock.
Besides Buddy Holly and the Flatlanders, "In the Ghetto" author Mac Davis was born in Lubbock.
The symposium-sponsored "hospitality room" at the Holiday Inn downtown had to be shut down for a while Saturday night after one too many teenage fans of Metallica who was in town playing the United Spirit Arena and staying in the hotel snuck in and raided the bathtub for beer.
400 miles from Austin, Lubbock shares an approximate latitude line with Los Angeles, Phoenix, Texarkana, Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta.
There's a guy who stands on a street corner near the Buddy Holly Center and claims to be the illegitimate son of James Dean. He has a suitcase full of postcards of himself, but they're not for sale.