Ft. Worth & Denver Railroad Safe

Depot Safe-BH

I’ve always wanted to photograph the large safe in the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas. During a recent First Friday Art Trail, I took a stolen opportunity to capture some images. Safes for some odd reason have always fascinated me. As I photographed it I reflected on its history of what it held exactly during the railroad’s operation to how many times was it possibly broken into. There is no telling how many stories this one safe has.

The Buddy Holly Center was the former Ft. Worth and Denver Railroad Depot which opened in 1928 and operated until 1953. Eventually, the Depot was converted to a restaurant in the mid-1970s. After it closed down the City of Lubbock purchased the Depot and converted it to the Buddy Holly Center.

The safe is one small (well not really small – it stands taller than me) artifact that remains of the former railroad line that served Lubbock for 25 years.


Photograph – © Christena Stephens Photography