I'm originally from Fort Worth and moved to Lubbock around 25 years ago. I thought I knew Texas, but some things about Lubbock set it apart completely.

When I first moved here, I had several questions about the area, like: "Why is it so flat?"; "Why are the pretty lights on Loop 289 amber colored"?; "Do tumbleweeds really grow here"?; "Is there anything to do here on the 4th of July?" and "What in the heck is that big thing out at Ransom Canyon?"

Answers to all of these were provided to me by precious Lubbock natives, and I've called it home ever since.


  • 1

    Why is Lubbock so flat?

    Lubbock is flat and that serves us well because we have the biggest cotton growing region in the whole world.

  • 2

    Why are the lights on Loop 289 an orangey color?

    I asked that question shortly after moving here and a lady looked at me and replied, "Oh you're cute. Those are dust lights. You can still see them in a dust storm."

    I hadn't experienced a West Texas dust storm at that point. But now I know that the light thing is true.

    Jacqui Neal
  • 3

    Do tumbleweeds really grow here?

    Before I moved to Lubbock, I grew up in Fort Worth and on Possum Kingdom Lake. Tarantulas, rattlesnakes, water moccasins, fireflies and mosquitos were all common things there. Tumbleweeds, not so much.

    I thought they made them for movies, until one blew across the road and hit my car one day. And yes, we were golfing one day off 98th St & Indiana and a tumbleweed actually blew right across the green as we were putting.

    Darren Carroll Getty Images Sport
  • 4

    Is there anything to do here on the 4th of July?

    Well, yes, as a matter of fact the largest free festival in the U.S. is held on Broadway every year with a spectacular fireworks show at Mackenzie Park afterward.

    Oleksii Sagitov
  • 5

    What the heck is that big spaceship looking thing at Ransom Canyon?

    Me and a friend used to take walks at Ransom Canyon and "discovered" the big steel structure and actually got to meet the mastermind behind it, Robert Bruno.

    He was at the house working on it one day when we were walking by and I asked him if we could see it. He reluctantly obliged.

    I have never seen a house so fascinating. It's 110 tons of steel and imagination.

    Bruno sadly passed away just a couple of months after completing the project, so I'm even more thankful that I got to meet this genius pioneer.

    Photo: Jacqui Neal
  • Bonus

    Lubbock's Wild West Homage

    If you've seen neon lights and Christmas lights from I-27 as you pass between 19th and 34th Streets, then you've probably seen the Old Town Party House.