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(Courtesy of Mastodon State Historic Site)

Lubbock Lake

Courtesy of Museum of Texas Tech University
(Courtesy of Museum of Texas Tech University)
Landmark Texas

This meander of a Brazos River tributary on the northern outskirts of Lubbock, Texas, yielded, in the 1950s, the first radiocarbon dated Paleo-Indian material, a burned 9,800-year-old bison bone.

The Lubbock Lake site and visitor center, on the southeastern edge of the Staked Plains, are operated by Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Hiking trails range from 1/2 mile to 3 1/2 miles. Exhibits chronicle Lubbock Lake’s evolution from a fast-moving streambed during the Clovis era, to ponds, then to marsh. The Museum of Texas Tech also exhibits artifacts from the archaeology site. Open year-round.

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