The Texas city of Lubbock is reportedly without a hospital bed as the country faces its worst outbreak of Ebola in more than a decade. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 22,000 people have died from the disease in the US, with 1.5 million confirmed cases in 2015 alone.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more Texas Tech students have been infected with the virus than any other state university, though that number has declined as the semester has gone on. West Texas is home to more than 3,700 physicians who have graduated since 1969, according to the University of Texas Health Science Center's website. Of these physicians, nearly half are practicing physicians at Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in Texas.
Educational institutions include Texas Tech University, the University of Texas Health Science Center and Texas Medical Center. Texas Technological College was founded in 1917, and a year later it was joined by its medical school, which was the result of a partnership between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Texas Department of Health and Allied Health Sciences. TexasTech University was formed in 1969 and TMC, an educational institution, in 1973.
The Santa Fe Railroad was extended to Lubbock and connected with the Santa Cruz, San Antonio and San Marcos railroads. Transportation improved over the years, and in the 1980s, more than half a million passengers boarded trains to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and other major US cities, as well as Houston and Dallas.
As the city's government stabilized and the city adapted to technological advances of the time, the automotive, electricity, and sanitation sectors grew as industries. By 1980, we had 292 industrial facilities, including the University of Texas Medical Center, Texas State University and Texas A & M University, as well as a number of small businesses, including the city's first integrated business district.
With the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad, Lubbock became a leading inland cotton market and a highly diversified agricultural and industrial complex. It is home to Texas State University, Texas A & M University, University of Texas Medical Center and the university's medical center.
Lubbock has come a long way, growing from 1910 to 128,068 inhabitants in 1960 in the 50 years since its founding. The country's population has also grown rapidly, and between 1940 and 1970 the number of inhabitants has increased almost fivefold. In fact, Lubbocks is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, lagging only behind Albuquerque as the second-largest city after San Antonio.
At the turn of the century, the town of Lubbock began to see an increase in the number of cattle in its area, and within a few years it had already begun to establish itself as a marketing centre for the southern plains. When the farmers began to eradicate the animals, they created an area to relocate them to. As the shops opened and the area became a preferred location for many ranchers, the size and population of Lubbocks County grew.
In 1876, Lubbock County was named in honor of its founder, William H. Lubock, a rancher from Texas. In 1877, after the death of his wife, he named it after himself and created it in his honor as a county.
The city of Lubbock celebrated his talent with a memorial dedicated to the talented musician on the first day of the city's centenary celebrations in 2006 in the town hall.
The lake contains archaeological ruins dating back more than 10,000 years and was declared a National Historic Landmark and Texas State Historic Site in 1988.
Artesian wells and water brought mixed farmers to the plains, which today feed cotton and grain and cattle. Lubbock was abandoned and developed into a cattle-breeding center that formed the Old Lubock-Monterey in the 1890s and was named after the city's first mayor, William "Bill" "Buck" Montoya, a local rancher. Until the election on April 9, 1972, it remained legally dry and alcohol was processed into drinks but not packaged for sale.
The election took place on 10 March 1891, and Lubbock was duly elected county seat and its continuity was assured. Because it was predominantly Democratic, it went to the county without splitting its votes between the major parties, and between the two major parties.
Lubbock's economy, based on agriculture, Texas Tech and the medical system, was largely shielded from economic fluctuations, officials said. Despite its geographical isolation in West Texas, Lubbocks has earned a reputation as a major tourist destination, commercial center and center of cultural activities. Leisure and cultural activities have given him sixty parks - two of them, including the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Museum of Natural History and Texas State University, among others.
Lubbock was incorporated as a town on 16 March 1909 and had 1,938 inhabitants at the 1910 census. A particularly popular attraction is the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame, which honors the singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, musician and actor. In 1946 William Harrod, who continued his musical career with the Lubbocks Symphony Orchestra, founded it. In the 1980s, it was the second largest city in Texas after Austin, with 1.5 million residents.