Monday, May 11th, 1970 was a day that would live in infamy for the Hub City. A devastating F-5 tornado stuck leaving lives lost and hope broken for many. Winds of 200 miles per hour tore down buildings and picked up homes. Lubbock may have been knocked down, but it was not out for the count. In the days, weeks and months to follow, Lubbockites picked up, cleaned up and rebuilt a new, better city.
In 1972, classes began at the Texas Tech School of Medicine. That same year, the South Plains Mall opened. Then in 1976 The National Ranching Heritage Museum opened along with the new Lubbock International Airport. Also that year, the Civic Center opened and, a year later, Llano Estacado Winery - a first for Lubbock.
The 70's also played host to new musical acts like Joe Ely and The Maines Brothers. On May 11th, 1980, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tornado and to prove that Lubbock had overcome, Joe Ely hosted The Tornado Jam. That same year the Buddy Holly Statue and Walk of Fame were dedicated on Avenue Q at the Civic Center.
Then in 1982 the music continued at the Mud Festival when 50,000 fans rocked in the rain and mud. In 1984 the Lubbock City Government got an overhaul with single member districts, and Maggie Trejo and TJ Patterson were elected to council showcasing the diversity of the Hub City.
Then in 1989, Texas Tech President Lauro Cavazos, the first Tech graduate and first Hispanic to hold that office at Tech, became the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Coming up in Part 8, we'll finish out Lubbock's history taking from the late 80's to today.
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