Here's What No One Tells You about Lubbock, TX
Every town has its quirks, and Lubbock, TX is no different. There are a few things they won’t tell you when you cross the city limit so here we at SaveOnPaving.com have compiled a list of a few of those little idiosyncrasies that make Lubbock, Texas unique.
UFO Sightings in Lubbock, TX
In 1951 residents of Lubbock spot lights flying over the city in a V-formation. This incident was witnessed by local college professors at Texas Tech and photographed by students. There is so much evidence of this incident that it is considered the first credible UFO sighting. The photos ended up in Life Magazine, and the U.S. Air force had to run an official investigation.
Lubbock is Home of Buddy Holly
The famous singer Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock and to this day the city hosts an annual music festival that was once named for Buddy but was later changed to the Lubbock Music Festival. Buddy Holly has a street named after him and a center.
Tech Statue Wrapping Tradition
Texas Tech is the heart and pride of Lubbock. Every football season the city is painted red and black for the Red Raiders. But for the team members themselves, they have their own way of preparing for their home games. The Will Rogers & Soapsuds statue on their campus gets covered in red crepe paper before all their home games.
Metro Tower vs. an F5 Tornado
Lubbock was hit with one of the strongest recorded tornados known to the US back in 1970. The storm caused $100 hundreds of millions worth of damage, 26 people died, hundreds were injured and dozens of homes and businesses were laid to waste. However, one building that stood tall in the face of the F5 Tornado was Metro Tower. Which is most likely the tallest building to take a direct hit from a tornado and remain standing.
The 4th of July Broadway Festival
On Broadway Avenue in Lubbock on the 4th of July, the streets are taken up by parade floats and food vendors and live music acts. This event brings in over 175,000 people and is the biggest free event in Texas. People end the day with fireworks. It’s hosted and organized by a non-profit corporation. So, it’s safe to say that the people of this city love their Independence Day.
Weird Alcohol Laws
Before 2009, it was legal for country clubs and bars to sell alcohol by the drink, but only liquor stores could sell packaged alcohol. However, in May of 2009 a law was passed that reversed this previous law allowing restaurants and bars the right to sell packaged liquor and beer—however, liquor stores couldn’t anymore.
No Road “Z”
When naming the streets of Lubbock, the city planners named the roads from A to Y but no Z. There isn’t even a Z road outside of town. In town, where there should be a Z avenue, the street is called University Avenue. It might just be a case of the city planners not liking the letter Z.
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