In 1969, as agricultural museum was deemed important to the people of West Texas. Too many people thought of the old machinery left in the back yard as junk. To Alton Brazell, a Lubbock County Commissioner for 36 years, this junk was a hidden treasure. Alton took it upon himself to begin a collection of agricultural equipment and machinery that told the story of American agriculture. This collection became the property of the Lubbock County Commissioner.
Agriculture museum opens new interactive facility
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The mission statement of the American Museum of Agriculture is to promote the history of agriculture in this area. Board member Waylon Carroll said the museum is instrumental to preserving our local history.
“The elementary students, they don’t know where milk comes from, they don’t know where bread comes from, things like that, or at least some of them, so as a result of that, we hope to educate them a little bit about farming, about agriculture, and what it was like, and we can even tell them what it is today and what it’s like,” Carroll said.
Carroll said Alton Brazell had a vision 40 years ago, and it truly has come to life.
“I’m just so happy the way this building looks from the outside, and from the inside, and the condition of our restored equipment,” Carroll said.
Steve Moffett, also a board member of the museum, understands that the venue is an asset to the Lubbock community.
“We’ll have lots more opportunities to host events,” Moffett said. “Opportunities for education, for weddings, for receptions, for all sorts of meetings, annual meetings for businesses, luncheons, whatever.”
Farming and ranching have literally acted as the roots of West Texas.
“It pumps billions of dollars into the local economy,” Moffett said. “So that’s where the real money out here comes from. Anybody that’s been in Lubbock very long knows we don’t have an abundance of industry or an abundance of petroleum. Agriculture has been what pumps the real dollars into the Lubbock economy.”
Lubbock County Commissioner Patti Jones said this area is known for being the king of cotton.
“To have a facility like this, it’s going to be world class to be able to have these artifacts here and for people to be able to visit with us, either for the school age children that are learning the education about agriculture, or those that lived it and wanted to come back and have a little reminiscence,” Jones said.
A 1941 model John Deere tractor holds a special place in Jones’ heart.
“It actually came from a farm in Farmersville, Texas where my great grandfather farmed,” Jones said. “His son, which was one of my great uncles had it and then a family member here brought it from East Texas and then restored it and put it in the museum, so very proud to be a part of this and to have at least one artifact in here that’s from my family.”
Jones mentioned her gratitude for each and every supporter of the rural way of life.
“It has taken all of those to make this happen and we’re just very appreciative to everyone that has had a part in this,” Jones said.
The main exhibit hall of the museum was dedicated to Alton Brazell who originally had the foresight and vision to preserve our history of agriculture.