The Bayer Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, Texas, focuses on both the history of farming and the science and technology of modern agriculture. Established in 2001 as the American Museum of Agriculture, the Bayer was renamed in 2013 under a sponsorship agreement with the Bayer Crop Service company, based in St. Louis, Missouri, but also with international offices.
The museum seeks to preserve the heritage and culture of area agricultural pioneers. The museum was established by the Lubbock County Commissioners Court, which gave Alton Burtis Brazell (1928-2016) the authority to collect machinery vital to the transformation of agriculture in West Texas. Brazell served as the Precinct 4 commissioner from 1958 to 1994. Thus far, he is the longest sitting commissioner in the history of Lubbock County.
The Bayer continues to expand and develop with interactive exhibits that allow museum patrons to visualize life as a farmer on the South Plains. There are two grain silos on display.
Alton Brazell is the focus of Bob Phillips' Texas Country Reporter episode which aired on May 4, 2010. The segment shows how Brazell was essential to the development of the Bayer. Brazell's obituary describes him as "a man of integrity, credibility, spirituality and strong work ethic, a true leader".
The museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bayer is located at 1121 Canyon Lake Drive.
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- Alton Burtis Brazell. findagrave.com. Retrieved on December 27, 2021.