Lubbock's town planners, looking into the future, built wide, straight streets to accommodate the new automobiles of the 20th Century. At the time there were more streets than cars but that just meant the town was ready to grow.
Soon the Santa Fe Railroad came to town, the first movie theater opened and, in 1912, Lubbock's first senior graduating class received their diplomas from Lubbock High. And all this growth was causing a problem - the town was becoming too big. So they made it a city electing Frank Wheellock the first mayor in April of 1909.
Then in 1910 Lubbock's saw its first irrigation well and that water helped to sprout new roads, new railways and more growth. Lubbock was deemed "The Hub of the Plains."
The cities dusty streets got a new look - brick. It was something sturdy to support the hustle and bustle of the hub city. By 1920 Lubbock's had 20 blocks of bricked streets all leading to a rich future of prosperity and growth.
Coming up in Part 3, we'll start with the 1920's when Lubbock city had a population of more than 4,000, a far cry from the humble beginnings of just a few settlers 30 years earlier.
History Of Lubbock, Part 1