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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.

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