Turner, were charged with directing the rebuilding of downtown Lubbock in the aftermath of the storm. Proposition 2, which legalized the sale of mixed drinks in restaurants county-wide, passed with 69.5% in favor.In August, 1988, tens of thousands of people came to Lubbock, drawn by an apparition of Mary. Prior to May 9, 2009, Lubbock County allowed "package" sales of alcohol (sales of bottled liquor from liquor stores), but not "by the drink" sales, except at private establishments such as country clubs.Sienna Plantation is 29 miles from Houston Hobby Airport.The city is located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically and geographically as the Llano Estacado and ecologically is part of the southern end of the High Plains.Male full-time workers had a median income of ,445 versus ,845 for females. About 11.4% of families and 20.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.).The racial makeup of the city was 72.87% White, 8.66% African American, 0.56% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 14.32% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races.Lubbock High School has been recognized for three consecutive years by Newsweek as one of the top high schools in the United States based in part on its international baccalaureate program. Lubbock became the county seat in 1891, and was incorporated on March 16, 1909. base's primary mission throughout its existence was pilot training.
At one time, Lubbock was home to Reese Air Force Base located 6 mi (10 km) west of the city. The "Lubbock Lights" series of sightings received national publicity and is regarded as one of the first great "UFO" cases.Established in August 1941, during the defense build-up prior to World War II (1941-1945), by the United States Department of War and the U. The sightings were considered credible because they were witnessed by several respected science professors at Texas Technological College and were photographed by a Texas Tech student. Air Force's official investigation of the UFO mystery, concluded the photographs were not a hoax and showed genuine objects, but dismissed the UFOs as being either "night-flying moths" or a type of bird called a plover reflected in the nighttime glow of Lubbock's new street lights. Census Bureau reported Lubbock's population as 128,691 and area as 75.0 sq mi (194 km On May 11, 1970, the Lubbock Tornado struck the city.The photographs were reprinted nationwide in newspapers and in Life magazine. However, other researchers have disputed these explanations, and for many, the "Lubbock Lights" remain a mystery. Twenty-six people died, and damage was estimated at 5 million. On August 12, 2008, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce announced they would lead the effort to get enough signatures to have a vote on allowing county-wide packaged alcohol sales.Both universities are now overseen by the Texas Tech University System, after it was established in 1996 and based in Lubbock. It shows evidence of almost 12,000 years of human occupation in the region.Lubbock Christian University, founded in 1957, and Sunset International Bible Institute, both affiliated with the Churches of Christ, have their main campuses in the city. the National Ranching Heritage Center, also part of the Museum of Texas Tech University, houses historic ranch-related structures from the region.