Dairy Barn: A trip down memory lane

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Updated: 7/29/2013 10:40 am
"The Dairy Barn was one of the first six buildings on campus," Amy Mire said. "It was begun in 1925, designed by Wyatt Hedrick of Fort Worth. It was not open when the campus opened in 1925 it was completed shortly there after." 

"Well it's kind of an icon I think for the campus," Dr.Michael Galyean, dean of the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. "Thousands and thousands of students over the years obviously have walked by the dairy barn and if you go back in time enough we have a lot of students who spent time in the dairy barn either working in there or having class activities in there." 

When the dairy barn was opened students could apply to bring up to three cows to campus to build the dairy herd. 

In 1926 a group of six students began the Student Dairy Association.  

Students used this as an option to pay for their education at Texas Tech and for some without it they would not have been able to attend the school.  

"I have friends whose grandfathers wouldn't have been able to go to school if they couldn't have brought their cows to school to work off their tuition," Amy Mire said. "To sell their milk through the Student Dairy Association. It provided an education for them." 

The airy barn continued to be used until the mid-60s when the doors were shut for good. 

Even though it has not been used since the 60s the dairy barn has a storied past and still stands today as students continue to walk past it everyday from class to class.  

But for some alumni like Dr. Bill Dean, the executive vice president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association.  

He remembers when the barn was still being used for a higher purpose than it serves today.  

"It was utilized in my day," Bill Dean, Ph.D., said. "I think at one time Texas Tech had its own milk and creamery service but I think it was beginning to, when I was here in the late 50s and early 60s as a student they were beginning to shut it down."

Even after the days of the dairy barn being used for its original purpose Dr. Galyean tells us some alumni used to spend their spare time in the dairy barn.

"One group of alumni who after it wasn't being used as a dairy anymore used to go in there and play dominoes," Dr. Galyean said. "Student workers in the plant soil science department who would go in at lunch hour and eat their sack lunch and play dominoes. And those guys just have wonderful memories of the dairy barn and the good times they had at Texas Tech."

Now today the dairy barn sits empty and locked up but the rich history within the walls will never go away and will stand the test of time just like the barn has. 
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