History of Hale Center


The city of Hale Center is located in the center of Hale County, approximately 35 miles north of Lubbock.

The towns founding brought two town rivals together in 1893

  • Hale City & Epworth, which were both founded in 1891
  • Both towns moved their homes and buildings to a common location, which they called Hale Center

A devastating tornado came through in 1965 destroying most of the town

Bell Park Cacti Garden, started in 1974 by Hershel Bell

  • Over 350 plants
  • Is one of the two cacti gardens featured in the State Tour Magazine