A Tour Through Tahoka History - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/28/06

A Tour Through Tahoka History

You can only imagine that in a town more than a century old there is a lot that makes up its past. Once you step inside the Tahoka Pioneer Museum you instantly start a voyage into the past.

"Ah let's go this way first." You'll be greeted by Lenda Woods whose passion for the past is very present.

Depending on the visitor, a tour could take just a few minutes, or hours if you stop to appreciate all of the artifacts of the past.

"Tahoka is over a hundred years old, we celebrated our centennial a few years ago," Woods told us as we followed her through the museum pointing out memorabilia and pictures of the past. "This was the fire in 1915 that destroyed a whole city block. The whole down town. They don't know how it started, but it destroyed everything in the city."

We continued looking at clothing and photographs, "All these men also served. They all died in action."

The museum houses a historic timeline showcasing art work that depicts the area that later became Tahoka, "And of course the mural of Tahoka Lake was done by Bill Craig."  The mural spans the width and height of one wall and even details the land with stuffed prairie dogs and rattlesnakes, but the museum's not the only place you'll find past depicted.

From remnants of Native Americans, to the shadows of cowboys and the reminder of covered wagons located in downtown Tahoka where a park depicts murals of the city in the early days.

And while the paint on the walls may be chipping away, Tahoka is trying to preserve their history in another way.

"This court house was built in 1916, and this court house was built for $76,000." Lynn County Judge H.G. Franklin boasts as they try to get a grant to help restore the courthouse to its original condition.

He takes us to every nook and cranny of the building showing us a door with "MORGUE" above it, "It was a paper morgue, and there are some very old books in here."

The building still has most of its original marble walls and floors, windows, paint, and even the radiators and the boiler, which are still in use today. The multi-million dollar project has passed four rounds of the state grant process so far, and the grant writer says it's now become a matter of pride. 

"Lynn County and Tahoka are now my home, it's personal pride more than anything else pride in community," John Backer said.

The city is currently waiting to pass round five.

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