In 1923, a Texas State senate bill was signed by Governor Pat Neff. It was Bill 103 and it established Texas Technological College. Construction on the new college began in 1924, and come September of 1925, the doors were open to the first 914 students.
That same year the City of Lubbock started its first bus services. But the inception of Texas Tech, some historians say, was overshadowed by another West Texas sized event. Cotton production was becoming the big industry bringing farmers and workers from all around to work in Lubbock and spend their hard earned cash in Lubbock.
With the almost 1,000 students at Texas Tech and the thousands of workers in the fields - Lubbock's economy was booming and pulling Lubbock ahead of all other towns on the South Plains.
In 1926, the Hotel Lubbock was built with six more stories going up in 1929. Come 1930 the population of Lubbock was more than 20,000 people. In that same year the Depression hit and even the Hub City felt its effects as growth slowed but didn't stop.
In 1931, despite the Depression, Lubbock got a new, beautiful high school and a new county jail. But the economy was still slowing. To keep people afloat and the city moving, public works projects started with curbs and sidewalks being built and even a pool at Mackenzie Park to brighten spirits.
But little did Lubbockites know that it was Mother Nature who was about to make a bad situation worse. That's where we'll pick up in Part 4 of our tour of Lubbock's past.
6/30/08 History Of Lubbock, Part 2 Lubbock's town planners, looking into the future, built wide, straight streets to accommodate the new automobiles of the 20th Century.
6/30/08 History Of Lubbock, Part 1 The history of this region can be traced back for hundreds of years when the first settlers came here for the climate and rich land. But the City of Lubbock's history started sometime later when two settlements joined forces in 1890.