June 19, 2015
Lubbock Lake Landmark is going purple.
The wildflowers – American basketflower, to be precise – are blooming at the wildlife preserve in west Lubbock. It's the perfect time to visit, staff members say.
Scott Trevey, the foreman at the landmark, has watched over these flowers since September, when they bloomed into little rosettes. They overwinter, he said, so he knew the bumper crop was coming. He didn't know how well the winter and spring moisture would help the flowers grow.
He estimated the fields will be in full bloom for the next 45 to 60 days. Each plant has several rosettes, and while the first ones are blooming now others will bloom as the season continues.
The Lubbock Lake Landmark is an archaeological and natural history preserve that contains evidence of almost 12,000 years of occupation by ancient peoples on the Southern High Plains. Discovery at the site began in 1936, when the first Folsom point was found, and continues to this day with excavation on-site and at other sites throughout the region.
The landmark welcomes visitors of all ages throughout the year. Guided and self-guided tours, public programs, programs for school children and camps are part of the landmark’s ongoing mission to provide a research and educational facility to and to reveal and preserve the history and culture of Texas and the nation.
The Lubbock Lake Landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a designated National Historic and State Archaeological Landmark.
The Lubbock Lake Landmark is located at 2401 Landmark Drive, north of Loop 289 in Lubbock.
It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The landmark is closed on Monday.
For more information, contact Deborah Bigness, the manager of site operations, at (806) 742-1116 or Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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