Site of Old Lubbock

Site of Old Lubbock (HM2081)

Location: Lubbock, TX 79403 Lubbock County
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N 33° 37.926', W 101° 50.171'

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A predecessor of present Lubbock, this area was, in 1890, a subject of heated dispute by three factions (led by W.D. Crump, W.E. Rayner, and Frank Wheelock) that vied in the founding of the county seat.

Unlike most county seat debaters in Texas, though, these men had no long-established towns to support. Their main interest was in organizing the county.

In the course of the rivalry, the groups founded two settlements. the Crump faction, later joined by the Wheelock group and several financial backers, started "Old Lubbock" at this site. Called "North Town" because it was located north of Yellow House Canyon, the site took in section 7, block A, bounded by the present streets of Quirt, Ash, Erskine, and Kent.

The site soon attained a population of about 50 and boasted a reported 37 buildings, including the most historic one in the county: the Nicolett Hotel.

Rayner's rival settlement south of the canyon was named "Monterey" and was popularly called "South Town".

Suprisingly, though, the factions did not reach the permanent hostility common to such disputes. On December 19, 1890, they united in a compromise unique in West Texas history; and as a result, the city of Lubbock was founded on the site where it now stands.
HM NumberHM2081
Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 236919 N 3724973
Decimal Degrees33.63210000, -101.83618333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 37.926', W 101° 50.171'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 37' 55.56" N, 101° 50' 10.26" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-27 Frontage, Lubbock TX 79403, US
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