The Texas Panhandle is a region of the U.S. state of Texas consisting of the northernmost twenty-six counties in the state. The panhandle is a rectangular area bordered by New Mexico to the west and Oklahoma to the north and east. The Handbook of Texas defines the southern border of Swisher County as the southern boundary of the Texas Panhandle region, though some consider the region to extend as far south as Lubbock County. The Texas Panhandle Press Association accepts members in the actual panhandle and a triangle formed by its southern tier, the southeastern border of New Mexico and a diagonal to the beginning, which includes Lubbock County. Its land area is 25,823.89 sq mi (66,883.58 km2), or nearly 10 percent of the state's total. The Texas Panhandle is slightly larger in size than the US State of West Virginia. There is an additional 62.75 sq mi (162.53 km2) of water area. Its population as of the 2010 census was 427,927 residents, or 1.7 percent of the state's total population. As of the 2010 census, the population density for the region was 16.6 per square mile (6.4/km2). The Panhandle is distinct from North Texas, which is farther southeast. West of the Caprock Escarpment and north and south of the Canadian River breaks, the surface of the Llano Estacado is rather flat. South of the city of Amarillo, the level terrain gives way to Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States. This colorful canyon was carved by the Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River. North of Amarillo lies Lake Meredith, a reservoir created by Sanford Dam on the Canadian River. The lake, along with the Ogallala Aquifer, provides drinking water and irrigation for this moderately dry area of the high plains. Interstate Highway 40 passes through the panhandle, and also passes through Amarillo. The highway passes through Deaf Smith, Oldham, Potter, Carson, Gray, Donley, and Wheeler Counties. The Texas Panhandle has been identified in the early 21st century as one of the fastest-growing windpower-producing regions in the nation because of its strong, steady winds. Before the rise of Amarillo, the three original towns of the Panhandle were Clarendon in Donley County, Mobeetie in Wheeler County, and Tascosa in Oldham County. Clarendon moved itself after it was overlooked by the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad. Mobeetie was reduced even below its original small size with the closure of the United States Army's Fort Elliott in 1890. Tascosa was ruined by the location of the railroad too far north of the town and the inability to build a feeder line. The Tascosa Pioneer wrote in 1890: "Truly this is a world which has no regard for the established order of things but knocks them sky west and crooked, and lo, the upstart hath the land and its fatness."
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Mighway, by TH2, allows you to rent your vehicle to discerning travellers when you’re not on the road, earning money and sharing the experience. At Mighway, you choose your level of service and we take good care of the rest. That means comprehensive insurance coverage, customer vetting, security deposits, payment processing and round the clock customer support for renters. It’s a bit like renting out a vacation home, with Mighway beside you all the way.LEARN MORE
Founded in 1955 the Amarillo Zoo is a place to share the wonders of the animal world with kids of all ages. The beautiful 15-acre site is located in Thompson Park and features over 60 species of animals. The zoo is designed for fun and discovery and will provide a lifetime of memories. Here, you'll do more than just look...you'll experience the animal world. Once you've finished enjoying the zoo, make sure to visit Thompson Park. Visitors will discover shaded picnic areas, playgrounds, beautiful lakes, swimming, tennis and walking trails in this 330-acre regional park.
This vintage 1928 gas service station, designed in “Cottage Fashion” and often called a “Doll House” was started in 1927 after Congress authorized a coast-to-coast highway called Route 66. Finished in 1928, the station operated under different owners and brands of products until the Interstate system came into being.
Prairie Dog Town is located inside Mackenzie Park off of 4th Street and Interstate 27 overlooking Meadowbrook Golf Course. It's free and open to the public from dawn to dusk year round! General Information Prairie Dog. Of all Nature's wild creatures, none is more appealing and entertaining to watch than the Prairie Dog.
In the small town of Shamrock, Texas is a HIGHLY protected piece of blarney stone. This isn't just ANY Blarney stone from the rolling hills of Ireland. It hails directly from the bluestone of Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland. The specialist that placed it here claims it had 'accidentally' fallen off the castle. Regardless, it is a highly regarded monument to the Irish roots of the town-hence the concrete encasement. The folklore of Blarney stone comes from a Blarney stone being placed in the castle that was claimed to never be touched again. An individual, with speaking inadequacies, was told if he kissed it that he would have 'speech so soft and words so fair'. It was true, that man became one smooth talking sun-of-a-gun. Since, tens of thousands have kissed the original Blarney stone. So if you pass by Shamrock, pucker up, and don't be fooled by the false, even more touristy Blarney stone nearby. (Hint: real one is in concrete with a plaque, false one has a leprechaun on it)
Get your kicks at this award-winning KOA located off Historic Route 66. Extend your stay and wander the famous highway to see local attractions such as Cadillac Ranch, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and Route 66 Historic District. Take in the musical drama TEXAS at the outdoor amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Drive to the bottom of the second-largest canyon in the U.S. for hiking, biking and jeep or horseback rides. Visit the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. At the campground, enjoy the Western metal art, a unique gift store and a dog-friendly K9 park. Delight in a summer hay wagon ride and a refreshing swim in the heated seasonal pool, then relax at your site with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. A horse corral is also available. Take a free shuttle to the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Pool: May 15 - September 15. Max pull thru: 90 feet. Your hosts: Tim and Bobbi Hulen.Visit Amarillo KOA
Lubbock RV Park has so much more to offer than just a horse and a saddle! Unlike the other cities on the Texas Panhandle who rely heavily on ranching and agriculture, Lubbock sits smack in the middle of the South Plains and has a lot to offer our guests while they are visiting. Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian College, community theaters, MacKenzie Park. The Depot District, with The Buddy Holly Museum. We also have the Silent Wings Musuem, Ranching Heritage Musuem, fine restaurants and nightclubs. These are just a few of the things to help keep you occupied and entertained. But, we haven't forgotten that Texas Hospitality that Texans are famous for! Come stay with us and experience the tranquility at Lubbock RV Park. Relax among the many shade trees on one of 86 shaded, level spaces, most with concrete pads. We offer paved streets, an outdoor pool, laundry facilities, clean restrooms and showers, and a storm shelter...just in case Mother Nature should blow into town. We are open all year and convenient to downtown.Visit Lubbock RV Park
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