Lubbock is one of only four temples in Texas. It is a Traditional design as many of the temples are that were built around this time. It serves members in Texas and New Mexico as Lubbock is located in the northwestern part of the state. Early migrations to Texas were thought to be for ranching and farming and later on for cotton growing and oil. The Mormon population grew slowly as missionaries were limited to rural settlements and then ceased during the Civil War. Around 1875, missionaries returned to Texas and membership grew steadily. Lubbock has grown significantly since the 1800's and now is a lively, cosmopolitan city instead of just a windy city on the plains. Although Lubbock is surrounded by farmland, there is a large focus on education as well. An important part of the city is Texas Tech University. This is also the birthplace of Buddy Holly (Charles Holly), the pioneer of Rock N' Roll.
Speaking of wind, the American Wind Power Center lets you see windmills up close and personal at this atypical museum. The Silent Wings Museum shows you what it was like to be a glider pilot in World War II. A museum of Texas Tech University is the Lubbock Lake Landmark, an archeological preserve and active excavation site. Mackenzie Park is fun for a quick stop to see Prairie Dog Town or let the kids run free. The Science Spectrum Museum will also entertain the kids with interactive exhibits.
If enchiladas are your thing, you can choose from over 60 varieties at Abuelo's. Family-run Italian Garden has down-home Italian fare. Cagle Steaks specializes in ribeyes and Old West atmosphere. Expertly made chicken fingers can be found at Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. If you need more variety than chicken, head to Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen. They will be happy to whip you up some flavorful Cajun and Creole specialties.