In 1991, Lubbock dedicated Lake Alan Henry and that same year the 4th on Broadway Celebration kicked off for the first time. The parade was led by troops returning from the Persian Gulf War.
In 1992, I-27 rolled through Lubbock, paving the way for the Ports to Plains Corridor and closing Lubbock's traffic circle. Then in 1993 the Lady Raider Basketball Team won the NCAA National Championship, the Cactus Theatre reopened and the Depot District was named for the entertainment area of Lubbock.
1994 commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Masked Rider tradition. And in '95 Texas Tech Football made its first Cotton Bowl appearance since 1939 and later became part of the Big 12.
In 1996, it was a sad moment for many Lubbockites when Reece Air force Base closed. Come 1999, the United Spirit Arena opened to host basketball, volleyball and big name acts.
In the year 2000, Lubbock saluted all of Lubbock's fallen soldiers with the Lubbock Area Veterans Memorial. In 2002 The Silent Wings Museum opened and in 2004 the Freedom Fountain flowed. Also that year The Buddy Holly Music Festival was re-named The Lubbock Music Festival after copyright conflicts.
And most recently, Overton Park's redevelopment by the McDougal's changed that section of Lubbock forever. It's a redevelopment project that continues today.
Stay tuned Friday for a look at what's expected in the century to come.
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