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Remembering a Campus Icon:
The Dairy Barn

Celebrate National Dairy Month by stepping inside one of Texas Tech's oldest buildings.

It’s National Dairy Month, and what better way to celebrate than to remember one of Texas Tech University’s most iconic buildings: the Dairy Barn.

Built in 1926, the Dairy Barn is one of the four original campus buildings. In the beginning, the barn had enough land around it to house a dairy cattle herd. Though empty now, the barn originally had milking facilities for 40 cows, calf stalls, feed rooms, a chiller and an office.




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5 Responses to “Remembering a Campus Icon:
The Dairy Barn”

  1. Eileen Williamson Says:

    Texas Tech should turn the dairy barn into an ice cream / coffee. At Clemson, they have the 55 Exchange (established using donations from the class of 55) which is a joint effort between the College of Agriculture and the College of Food and Nutrition and Packaging Sciences Department. At the Student Run enterprise, you can buy milkshakes, ice cream by the serving and by the container as well as cheeses and other dairy products. The revenues help fund the program as well as support the student organizations that staff the shop.

  2. Luke Kahlich Says:

    While this was a very interesting history, it did leave out how many years it served as a storage for scenery and properties for the Texas Tech Theatre, when it sat next to the then Lab Theatre.

  3. Jim Knowlton Says:

    Eileen Williamson, I.m with you! I floated this idea with some Tech officials about ten years ago and got shot down. In addition to an ice cream/coffee shop like they have at Clemson (and I have been there), my idea was to turn the barn into the Arch Lamb Memorial Dairy Museum (besides being a dairy industry leader Arch Lamb as a student founded the Saddle Tramps in 1936). I even brought the director of the Southwest Dairy Museum in Sulfur Springs to Lubbock and we met with Dr. Kevin Pond and toured the site. The dairy industry boom in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico was just beginning and there was plenty of opportunity to raise the funds necessary. As I said, my idea was shot down. It seems the University at that time wanted the dairy barn gone and the site cleared for a new building. They suggested that maybe the barn should be moved to the Ranching Heritage Center. Thank goodness the barn didn’t get removed and maybe there is still a chance to turn it into a real campus attraction.

  4. Mike Risinger Says:

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Dairy Barn served as a unofficial recreation center for Agronomy students. We used it as a “lunch room” for students that brought their lunch. We had a ping pong table and a couple of domino tables that were scenes of hotly contested games by both graduate and undergraduates students alike. We created a lot of friendships and had a lot of fun in the old “Barn”.
    Along with the theater props stored mostly on the second floor, it served as a storage for the equipment of the Dr. B.L Allen coached TTU Soils Team and for various graduate research projects. TTU’s Soil Team was Champion of the National Soil Judging Contest in 1967 and also a few other years I can’t exactly remember.

    Mike Risinger BS 1969, MS 1975.

  5. Gretchen Scott Says:

    I am just so glad that the barn was saved. As an Animal Science alumni I am very proud of this symbol of agriculture on the campus. It is an important part of our history and needs to be preserved.

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