History of Littlefield - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/29/10

History of Littlefield

LITTLEFIELD, TX (KCBD) – From the railroad tracks to the farm fields, Littlefield has a rich history. The best place to learn about the town's history is in the town's museum, which is tucked inside the wall of one of the first houses built in Littlefield.

Every town has a story, an Littlefield's story starts with the land. "Littlefield was named for George Littlefield. He purchased part of XIT ranch and called it Yellow House Ranch," said Jay Lee, Littlefield Lands Duggan House Museum.

"Major Littlefield bought 300,000 plus acres and started to sell it off," said Wando Erickson, Acting Director, Littlefield Museum. Major George Littlefield sent his niece Sarah and her husband Arthur Duggan to West Texas from Austin to sell that land, and as the story is told, it was cheap; $1 an acre.

Sarah took pride in her new home and planted all sorts of flowers, shrubs and trees, to showcase the value to potential buyers. "She planted all these things for community to know that this was good, excellent soil," said Erickson.

The Duggan's created the town site from their home. One of the first in Littlefield, now home to the Littlefield Lands Duggan House Museum.

In 1913, the Santa Fe Railway Depot was built. The first passenger train rolled through on July 4, 1914. The Major gave the Railroad the land. His land company built a school and a bank. The town officially became Littlefield in 1924. "Farming became prevalent in the late 30's, 40's and grew through the 50's," said Lee.    

The museum plays Waylon Jennings' hits all day and dedicated one room to their beloved hometown hero. "There is nothing digital in that room. We have acoustic tile with his signature on it. The room itself if a rendition of radio station where Waylon came for some of his recordings," said Lee.

The star musician would occasionaly come back home and share his songs.

The outside of the Duggan house has not changed. Volunteers with the museum vow to keep these pieces of history alive."If you don't preserve that history you lose the story," said Lee.

The museum put together a cookbook and proceeds go straight to the museum. There are recipes from Littlefield and all across the South Plains, including some from Waylon Jennings himself.

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