Amarillo is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities of Texas, United States. It is the fifteenth largest city of Texas Panhandle. It enjoys the status of being the county seat of Potter County. Some part of the city has been extended up to Randall County.
The city was originally named as the Oneida which is located in the region of Llano Estacado. It is about 330 miles from northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth. The city came to an existence in the year 1887 and was initially used as a ‘buffalo-hide tent camp’ for the workers involved in railroad construction. The today’s town was named for a stream, the Arroyo Amarillo.
Coronado was the first European to reach the area of Amarillo in the year 1541. This place was partially inhabited before the Civil War. Most of the buffaloes were killed during the year 1870 for finding some hide outs which pushed them near to extinction. In the year 1887, Denver City Railroad came to the area and was given the name Ragtown.
It was incorporated in the year 1892 and again named as Amarillo. By the year 1890, it emerged as one of the most important cattle shipping areas attracting a large number of farmers giving rise to many cotton industries.
Amarillo offers some of the most prominent and must visit attractions which one would not afford to miss during the visit to the city. The attractions such as Palo Duro Canyon, Musical Epic ‘Texas Legacies’, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and Amarillo National Center and much more to add to the list are worth to visit.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is one of the most magnificent places to visit. The park was opened to the public on July 4, 1934, and covers around 29, 182 acres. This offers some of the most scenic views of northern part of the Palo Duro Canyon. The roads and buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp are still used by the park staff and the guests of the park.
This beautiful landscape was formed due to water erosion from the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. The canyon was deepening due to water move the sediment downstream; further wind and water widen the canyon.
This is one of the must visit a historical site which no one would afford to miss during the visit to Amarillo. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is another historically significant site of the city. The museum is managed by Panhandle-Plains Historical Society of Amarillo. This is one of the most visited museums with around 70, 000 visitors annually.
The museum offers permanent exhibitions that include American Western life along with the agricultural artifacts and various artistic items. It also houses Western art collections of Frank Reaugh.
You will find some cheap hotels in Amarillo along with a range of luxury hotels to accommodate the tourists with varying budgets. This is a marvelous destination for leisure and business seeking travelers looking for short or a bit longer vacations.
The people of the region are very warm and friendly, and it also reflects the nature of staff of the hotels. Most of the hotels also organize some sightseeing during the day. The nights of the city became energetic and lively due to the presence of bars and cafes which will surely delight the senses of the guest of all the ages.