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Potter and Randal Counties, Texas
79101, 79102, 79103, 79104, 79106, 79107, 79108, 79109, 79110, 79111, 79118, 79119, 79121, 79124
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Amarillo, which means yellow in Spanish, was so named because of the yellow soil and the many yellow flowers that bloomed in the area.
Francisco Coronado was the first to cross the area in 1541. In the late 1700's, a portion of the El Camino Real went through the Amarillo area bringing with it much trade and business. Much later during the 1800's, the cattlemen and sheep herders who were in search of new grazing land for their herds came to the panhandle. The event that changed this area was the oil boom that literally exploded over the panhandle of Texas. In 1918, Natural gas was discovered and a few years later, in 1921, the oil boom began. Though the oil industry shaped the economy early on, after World War II, it has become more diversified with manufacturing, chemicals, farming and ranching. Tourism has increased, particularly among the old west enthusiasts who flock to the area each year. Learn more about Amarillo history, go to this website and click on history and trivia in the index.
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Known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas"
See this Attractions page for Amarillo.
Amarillo is in the Central Time Zone
In 1893 Amarillo's population was listed as "between 500-600 humans and 50,000 head of cattle. Find this fun fact and many others on the Convention and Visitors Council website and then click on History and Trivia in the index.