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Since the 16th century, Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle have drawn visitors from around the world. Francisco Coronado, the first European to see the vast open spaces of the American Southwest, crossed the high plains in 1541 -- nearly 80 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. He was followed by cattlemen and sheep herders from all points of the compass looking for fresh grazing grounds and a place to start a new life. Most famous of them was Charles Goodnight, inventor of the chuck wagon and a the basis of a character in Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series.

When the oil boom hit Texas, it exploded across the Texas Panhandle. Vast fortunes were made overnight and the region's economy grew because of the lure of black gold.

Since World War II, the Panhandle economy has diversified to include heavy manufacturing, petrochemicals, farming and, of course, modern ranching. In the last decades, the ranches have been the key to a new industry--tourism. The Amarillo area is now a major destination for Old West enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Amarillo and the surrounding Panhandle area are a unique blend of two American eras. There are the working ranches, essentially unchanged in the day-to-day operations from the late nineteenth century. That's why we say when you step into Amarillo, you "Step Into The Real Texas." http://www.visitamarillotx.com/aboutAmarillo.cfm?p=History

I grew up visiting Amarillo often, but since I am a very mature adult with a family, I have not been back in a very long time. It was wonderful to stop and have dinner with precious family.

  • Last visit to Amarillo: Dec 2011
  • Intro Updated Dec 25, 2012
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    I would love to visit the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, sounds good.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Love the painting in the restaurant :)

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Another great Route 66 sight!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Another one of the places I missed by not hitchhiking on route 66.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Feb 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      There is so much more to see here. Just wished we had more time. Maybe again in the future. Thanks for stopping by.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    I live in TX but have never been to Armadillo! nice page! (Scary restaurant bathroom...)

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jan 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      I spent many summers here visiting family here. We're planning a road to revisit family again here. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Hi Dee, The "Big Texan" certainly is "big".

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jan 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      It is huge and reminds me of the Route 66 days. There is a restaurant here called the The Big Texan. I wanted to eat there, but my family changed the plans. Thanks for stopping by.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    The country barn roadhouse is great!

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jan 20, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      The food was awesome and the prices were cheap. Plus the decor was fun. I love the big texan in front. Old Route 66 still lives. Thanks for stopping by Dee.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    you should tell us more. and the bathroom sounds scary.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Dec 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Thanks for stopping by. I think it was a design "faux pas." LOL, it was unsettling and I had trouble finding the bathroom door as soon as you enter the hallway.

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