LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) — The following is a news release from Lubbock County Historical Commission:
The Lubbock County Historical Commission will dedicate a Texas Historical Marker on Wednesday, August 5 at 11:30 a.m. recognizing Lubbock’s first hotel. The marker is located on the southeast corner of the Lubbock County Courthouse Square. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the significance of the Nicolett Hotel in the history of Lubbock by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. Speakers for the occasion will include County Judge Curtis Parrish and Mayor Dan Pope, who will also unveil the marker. The Lubbock County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in this historical event which takes place prior to the High Noon Concert on the Square.
In 1889 Frank Wheelock and Rollie Burns built the Nicolett Hotel on the prairie just east of current day Lubbock Country Club. In 1891 the hotel was moved five miles south to the square of the new Lubbock townsite. The hotel served a variety of guests until sold and dismantled in 1940. The Nicolett historic plaque joins over 60 other Texas Historic Markers in Lubbock County.
(News release from the Lubbock County Historical Commission)