Lubbock Lake Landmark Celebrating 12,000 Years of Cultural Heritage

The landmark’s fall festival includes Native American storytelling and family-friendly activities.

WHAT:     The Lubbock Lake Landmark’s Fall Festival of Cultural Heritage, which commemorates 12,000 years of history and culture on the Southern High Plains, concludes Saturday with a day of special demonstrations and family-friendly activities.

Landmark staff will give demonstrations and presentations on Native American culture. Hands-on activities include creating seed mosaics and corn husk action figures, decorating a tree cookie and more. There also will be “Storytelling with Eldrena Douma.” Douma is a nationally known Native American storyteller who uses her experiences and imagination as she creates stories and retells legends from her youth on the Laguna and Hopi reservations.

WHEN:     10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 10)
                Storytelling with Eldrena Douma: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

WHERE:     Lubbock Lake Landmark, 2401 Landmark Drive (accessible via marked Loop 289 exits or following signs on U.S. 84 through Landmark Lane)
About the Lubbock Lake Landmark
Once the site of an ancient spring-fed watering hole, the Lubbock Lake Landmark has produced evidence of an unbroken human presence spanning 12,000 years. One of the few places in North America that reveals continuous occupation, the site has yielded early tools and weapons as well as the remains of many extinct animals, including mammoths, ancient camels, two types of ancient horses, ancient bison, giant short-faced bears and giant armadillos. The site was discovered in 1936 as the city of Lubbock attempted to revive the underground springs. Excavations began in 1939 and now are conducted annually in July.

Lubbock Lake Landmark

Lubbock Lake Landmark

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.

Learn more

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

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