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Entry from May 14, 2008
“Lubbock, Hub City of the Plains (slowest moving part of the wheel)”

Lubbock has been called the “Hub City of the Plains” because the city is the economic engine of the South Plains. By at least 1996, bumper stickers declared that Lubbock was the “Hub of the Plains” because a hub is “the slowest moving part of a wheel.”

Wikipedia: Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock (IPA: /’lʌbək/) is an American city in the state of Texas. Located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically as the Llano Estacado, it is the county seat of Lubbock County, and the home of Texas Tech University. According to an estimate by the U.S. Census in 2006, the city population was 212,169, making it the 90th largest city in the United States and the 12th largest in Texas. The Lubbock metropolitan area has a population of 261,411.

Lubbock’s nickname is the “Hub City” which derives from being the economy, education, and health care hub of a multi-county region commonly called the South Plains. The area is the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world and is heavily dependent on irrigation water drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer.

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From: Olin Murrell
Date: 1996/06/29
Subject: Re: Nietzsche & Country Music?? 

My best definition of “lowest common demoninator” can be found in the old joke about why they called Lubbock the Hub City of the Plains. ‘Cause, it’s the slowest moving part of the wheel! 

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From: “Olin Murrell”
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 15:23:42 -0600
Local: Sat, Jan 18 2003 5:23 pm
Subject: Re: OT: Disco

After Buddy Holly broke out of Lubbock, a whole herd of folks noticed making music was a good ticket out of the “Hub City of the Plains,” (some would have you believe it’s called that because the hub is the slowest moving part of a wheel), and the rush was on.

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Hub of the Big Bend
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2007, 09:02:17 pm »
The joke I heard via Allen Damron, “Lubbock: Hub of the plains.....slowest moving part of the wheel.” Apply as appropriate to Alpine.

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Slowest moving part of the wheel
November 25, 2007 by capnwatsisname
Just back from the 806. Hub City. (See title.)

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The Hub City by virtualubbockian
Yes Michael, the world is turning. But Lubbock is not called the Hub City for no reason; for of course the hub is the slowest moving part of the wheel! (due credit to Jimmie Gilmore)
My sister still lives in Lubbock and she maintains a stunning West Texas accent. Lubbock is perhaps the last place where the name Troy is spoken with three syllables. 12-13-2007
guest said…
I believe the hub is the fastest part of the wheel. 12-20-2007

Austin (TX) American-Statesman - Kelso’s Cranky Corner (Comments)
By sc
May 13, 2008 11:18 AM
Just east of Tech, many blocks of houses cleared all at once for condos (analogous to west of UT?) Old Lubbock bumper stickers, mutatants of city slogans: “Lubbock, hub of the plains — slowest moving part of the wheel.” “Lucky me, I’m leaving Lubbock” (from “Lucky me, I live in Lubbock”). Big buffalo butt statue (+ rest of buffalo) @ Lubbock Lake Site. Mac Davis sang “Happiness is Lubbock TX in my rearview mirror.” He & many more FROM there. Quote or interview me as Lubbock refugee. Many jokes.

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