Palo Duro Canyon, Amarillo © Meniscus
The Old West lives on in the city of
Amarillo. About 330 miles (531km) northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth,
it is the commercial centre of the Texas Panhandle. Founded in 1887
as a tent camp for buffalo hides and railroad construction workers,
the town now hosts symphonies, opera and ballets, as well as
boasting both Amarillo College and Texas State Technical
Amarillo's fortunes have long rested on the
horns of cattle ranching, but it has also become a popular stopover
for tourists keen to play cowboy, with numerous motels and
restaurants having opened up in recent years. The town is located
on the major Route 1-40 east-west highway, making it easily
accessible for visitors and those who come for the famed frenetic
Amarillo Livestock Auctions.
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