The 1930's were called the "Dirty Thirties" because of the winds and the terrible dust storms of the time. Farms were lost and crops were destroyed, but new technology offered hope.
Aviation built excitement as Lubbockites could now take to the skies. But they needed a good place to land, so in 1930 Lubbock built its first airport.
Then, in April of 1932, something else was flying through the air: radio waves. And technology was gripping the nation as radio stations began popping up across the world. In Lubbock, KFYO began broadcasting and that was a first for the Hub City. News, weather and the farm report were broadcast to whoever wanted to listen.
Toward the end of the 1930's and the Depression, the agriculture industry began to prosper once again. As people finally had some spending money back in their hands, Lubbockites chose to spend their free time and money at the movies in places like the Palace Theatre. And in 1940, the nicest of Lubbock's theatres, the Lindsay Theatre, opened to the masses.
Another huge milestone of the time happened in 1939 when Lubbock High School's football team won the state championship. Then in 1941 the rains began, and they didn't stop. Nearly 40 inches of rain fell that year making 1941 the wettest year on record since records were kept in 1911.
When World War II started in 1941 Lubbock played a big role. Lubbock Army Air Field was established that year to help in the war effort. Then in 1942 the US Army took over Lubbock Municipal Airport for the US Army Glider School.
In 1945 Dr. JA Chatman opened Chatman Hospital to help the medical needs of the growing minority communities in Lubbock. And by the mid 1940's Lubbock's population was more than 60,000 and the town's growth was in no way slowing.
Stay tuned for Part 5 where we begin with the end of the war and the growth that soon followed.
History of Lubbock, Part 3
In 1923 a Texas State Senate bill was signed by Governor Pat Neff establishing Texas Technological College. In 1925 the doors were open to the first 914 students.
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.
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.