Amarillo Historical Museum

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There is bound to be photographs of old Amarillo in many photo albums, scrapbooks and shoeboxes. Thanks to Tenacious Dee...
01/11/2018

There is bound to be photographs of old Amarillo in many photo albums, scrapbooks and shoeboxes. Thanks to Tenacious Dee for sending us this photo of the Benjamin T. Ware home at 203 S. Lincoln built in 1898.

Home built by Benjamin T Ware in 1898. Mr Ware was the founder of the Amarillo National Bank. This residence was on 203 S Lincoln.

Amarillo Historical Museum
01/09/2018

Amarillo Historical Museum

The pipe organ of the Amarillo Methodist Church, circa 1908.

Amarillo Historical Museum
01/06/2018

Amarillo Historical Museum

Wasn't Sunset Center something! When opened Sunset offered something that Amarillo's masses were not used to. What it offered was convenience. Up until that time shopping had been done on a store to store basis. This meant fighting parking meters that were largely unpopular, and braving the elements to move from store to store. Sunset's theme was 'Everything Under the Sun' and it was not wrong. It hosted 48 stores with a total of 300,000 square feet. You could park in one spot and not feed the meter, and it was always nice inside as you moved from store to store.

Scary costumes, movies, and stories surrounded by scary historical artifacts from apothecary to undertaker. All on Hallo...
10/18/2017
The Amarillo Pioneer

Scary costumes, movies, and stories surrounded by scary historical artifacts from apothecary to undertaker. All on Halloween night! See the Amarillo Historical Museum page link below.

The Amarillo Historical Museum's Halloween Party is coming up.

Come celebrate  Amarillo Historical Museum's  grand opening of our expansion.  It will include a scary item show and tel...
10/12/2017

Come celebrate Amarillo Historical Museum's grand opening of our expansion. It will include a scary item show and tell, costume contest, scary stories and more. 8 p.m. on Halloween. Come in costume and celebrate with your spooky friends. Please call to rsvp.

Palo Duro Canyon 1931. Interesting little article.
09/08/2017

Palo Duro Canyon 1931. Interesting little article.

08/21/2017
Reporter Jala Washington

Reporter Jala Washington

NEW TONIGHT ON ABC 7 Amarillo #NIGHTSIDE: 7th Avenue will be closed tomorrow for phase four of Streetscaping Project, and Amarillo Historical Museum takes a trip down memory lane, remembering the city before its rapid growth.

Our show with the Amarillo Vintage Truck Club is still going strong! Historic vehicles and a raffle at 4pm.Come out and ...
08/12/2017

Our show with the Amarillo Vintage Truck Club is still going strong! Historic vehicles and a raffle at 4pm.

Come out and see us at the First Bank Southwest on Georgia.

This photo is of the Potter County Stadium in 1963.
07/28/2017

This photo is of the Potter County Stadium in 1963.

From the archives:Newspaper ad from July 4, 1938.
07/26/2017

From the archives:

Newspaper ad from July 4, 1938.

By Stephen Dock Here it is 100 years ago, yep it’s also called a Centennial!!!!!!!!! The Headlines screamed Oklahoma C...
06/24/2017

By Stephen Dock



Here it is 100 years ago, yep it’s also called a Centennial!!!!!!!!!



The Headlines screamed



Oklahoma City to Amarillo in Eight Hours Mangum Star June 28, 1917 (edited)

On Monday morning June 25th 1917 at six o’clock sharp, Clay Hall & co-driver Dick Merryman of Mangum, OK left Oklahoma City with Clay’s six cylinder, five passenger Buck, just as it had rolled off the showroom floor to make this record run from Oklahoma City to Amarillo, TX over the proposed Central Route, crossing the South Canadian River by car ferry, through Newcastle, Tuttle, Amber, Chickasha, Anadarko, Hobart, Lone Wolf, Granite, Mangum, Reed, Vinson, Wellington, Hedly, Clarendon, GoodNight, and Claude.



They made this scorching run arriving in Amarillo using seven hours and thirty-six minutes at an average of better than forty miles an hour. Can you imagine, crossing the South Canadian River on a car ferry, they must have wanted to get out and paddle. Then flying down brand-new gravel roads, every time they came to a railroad crossing they went whooping up and over, the roads were laid out on section lines so they had to come braking hard into the 90 degree turns, throwing the steering wheel hard one way or the other, shoving the accelerator to the floor and going back through the gears!



When They arrived in Mangum, the band was playing everybody in town was shouting, waving American flags, for they sure had won the hearts of the people, when they raced down North Pennsylvania Avenue Just four hours after they left Oklahoma City. Many women in the crowd wept and strong men quaked and turned pale with excitement.



Arriving at the outskirts of Amarillo, the police, the fire wagons and all the city officers escorted them through the town at the rate of forty miles an hour!



As Col. Harvey came to the Kiowa, Greer County line, a delegation of Greer County cars met him, and The Harvey Fountain was formally presented to Colonel Harvey.

Then they followed him on into Mangum where the town was holding a Harvey Day, to honor, and entertain the Inspectors, and Judges who were to decide what and where the Ozark Trail would be located. There were more than ten thousand people on the streets. All cars were parked on North Pennsylvania Avenue, beginning at the northeast corner of the square and extended north. As Col. Harvey came into town all the cars pulled into line and followed in a parade!

All the ladies with children were asked to wear white dresses and green sashes the colors of the Ozark marks. The men wore all kinds of green things. They Decorated their cars, carried American flags, the Chamber of Commerce had lots of Ozark Trail pennants. People got dozens for decorating to spruce up to the beat of the band. There were speeches and then dinner at the Harris Hotel. Every farm house along the Ozark Trail displayed an American flag on this date.

On the 27-28-29 June 1917,The Amarillo Ozark TrailConvention was held. It was the greatest combined conflagration of enthusiasm ever congregated in the West. It was roaring seething mass of enthused humanity. Around fifteen thousand people attended this great Good Roads Meeting. A tent city was built and every accommodation and convenience provided for, some tents even had several rooms with many additional conveniences. There was water and lights in all the tents.



Mutt and Jeff, a burlesque enacted by Arthur Johnston, merchant of Hobart and Math Braun, one of the largest land owners of Western Oklahoma. These men were gaily attired and Braun walked upon the streets barefooted.



The First day of the convention was set aside for the supreme purpose of permitting the numerous delegates to be given inreservedly to amusements, entertainment and a general line of pleasure.



Hundreds upon hundreds of decorated autos, splendidly arrayed floats made up the afternoon parade over 6 miles of Amarillo business streets as the initial big feature of the opening of the Ozark Trails convention. For more than two hours spectators stood banked on the sidewalks three to five deep enthralled with the immensity and the grandeur of the parade and the gorgeousness and greatness of the undertaking.



The Central Route were so “heavy” in the parade that it would take a Philadelphia lawyer and a modern Shakespeare to describe them. Wherever a car carried a Central Route man, a real live booster was seen and heard, the four bands the Central Route folks brought with them made them heavy on brass bands and not short on amusements in connection with their cars.



After the parade, many aircraft met everyone, and took hundreds of people for a spin over Palo Duro Canyon, others went to the auto races at the Fair Grounds, others went to the tent city and still others went to motor up and down the business streets of Amarillo. Can anyone say Party!



8 Kiowa Indians came from Hobart and Mountain View. After arriving in two cars they were on the streets of Amarillo in their garments, paint, feathers, ribbons, and moccasins, Big Chief Kiowa George carrying his bow and arrows with which he was scheduled to kill Colonel Goodnight’s buffalo as part of the convention.



Twenty Chickasha Red Cross Girls took first prize in the Ozark Trails parade, dressed in spotless white with the Red Cross Head dress and other insignias, riding on a patriotically decorated float with Uncle Sam and a Lady Liberty.



Lovers had the time of lives at the dance pavilion at the Tent City with the search light on a telegraph pole by the dance stand. The dances were held every evening.



The convention itself had Demonstrations during Trail Sessions, Each Route presents reasons why it should be selected as part of Ozark Highway. The Central Route started a wild demonstration when an auto with a band came into one of the doors playing Dixie, followed by three other bands. Pandemonium reigned supreme and hundreds of the Central Route boosters waved flags and hurrahed.



When the announcement was made that our Central Route had won, another great wild demonstration was, the spectacular entrance of Clay Hall into the big convention tent driving his Buick which had made such a great record in the Oklahoma City – Amarillo record run. The boys took Clay on their shoulders and carried him blushing about the tent amid the shouts and cheers of all present without regard to route or location. It was evident that the name of Clay Hall had become a by-word in the convention crowd. He was given ovations everywhere. He was admired for his bravery and skill.

The real feature of the whole convention was the parade given by the Central route people on Friday evening after the convention closed. Many had gone home but there were enough left to form a parade in double column two blocks long. The Hobart band led and to their music the procession. There was music, singing, dancing, yells and speeches. Each person in the parade wore a red, white and blue cap waving U.S. flags furnished by the Mangum Chamber of Commerce.

The first Picture is, Clay Hall & Dick Merryman in Clay’s 1917 Buick

The second Picture is the only known picture from the Amarillo Tent City, they are standing in front of Clay’s 1917 Buick. This picture was taken first thing in the morning, after the first days and first nights of amusements, entertainment and a general line of pleasure.

The third Picture shows their hats, which read “Mangum C of C Central Route O.T.”

Wow they sure knew how to celebrate! So, this year when you are celebrating the 4th of July, don’t forget to light one off for Centennial of the Ozark Trail!

Have a Great Week!

Caleb Armendariz, a senior at San Jacinto Christian Academy, came by and did 5 hours of service for us today. Let's give...
12/10/2016

Caleb Armendariz, a senior at San Jacinto Christian Academy, came by and did 5 hours of service for us today.

Let's give Caleb a big thank you!

For those looking for a special event on Saturday, here is an upcoming event that appeared today in The Amarillo Pioneer...
09/06/2016

For those looking for a special event on Saturday, here is an upcoming event that appeared today in The Amarillo Pioneer.

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H.B. Sanborn, who is often referred to as the "Father of Amarillo" would be having his 177th birthday this Saturday. While
Sanborn may not be here for his 177th birthday, this isn't stopping local electrician, Mickey Bolton, who is the owner of H.B.
Sanborn's house and of Sanborn lineage from holding a birthday party for the "Father of Amarillo."

"Henry Bradley Sanborn would have been 177 on the tenth of September. So, we're going to open the house and let the public see what it's like at this time, before we restore it." Bolton tell us.

"H.B. Sanborn came to Amarillo in the 1880's and bought up land. At that time, a man named Berry had bought up land, east of
downtown, to be the downtown area. But it rained and flooded that area, so H.B. Sanborn convinced people to move down to his
property. He encouraged them to move by helping them move and providing lots. He built the first hotel in Amarillo, and owned
most of downtown." Bolton says about Sanborn.

"His house which he built in 1902, was at 505 Buchanan, which is roughly between the City offices and the Heritage Room of the
Civic Center. It was moved in 1921, by a man named Charles Hoover, to 1311 Madison, where it is today."

Bolton says that he plans to begin the restoration following the open house on Saturday. But, Bolton tells us that the public will be
amazed at the historical features of the house.

"I want the public to see it like it is now, before it's ever touched. It still has the original wallpaper, the original carpet. All of the
woodwork is just like it was then."

Bolton says that the main objective was to save the property from being destroyed.

"Right now the main objective was to save it from progress. We saved it from being destroyed or turned into a parking lot."

Bolton says the event, which will be Saturday, from 2pm until 6pm, will conclude with birthday cake and a champagne toast to Mr.
Sanborn.

The Liberty Theater located at 309 East 4th. This vauldeville and movie theater is ca. 1921 and ran until 1953. Since it...
08/29/2016

The Liberty Theater located at 309 East 4th. This vauldeville and movie theater is ca. 1921 and ran until 1953. Since its closing it has sat as storage.

Our opening was included in yesterday's The Amarillo Pioneer! Check it out!
08/05/2016
The Amarillo Pioneer

Our opening was included in yesterday's The Amarillo Pioneer! Check it out!

The Amarillo Pioneer | August 4, 2016

Friends of the AHM. We need your feedback. Please rate us here, join us on twitter, and tell us if you like what you see...
08/05/2016

Friends of the AHM. We need your feedback. Please rate us here, join us on twitter, and tell us if you like what you see or what you would like to see. Thanks.

If you haven't come to see us look what you are missing!  This was Amarillo's early stable and jigger wagon service McKn...
08/04/2016

If you haven't come to see us look what you are missing! This was Amarillo's early stable and jigger wagon service McKnight Liverymen transfer. Their services ranged from feeding and maintaining horse to taxi and hauling for hire.

AHM share for the day....Anyone remember the Manley's Husky Burger @1523 East 10th?😀 This started life as the Ranger ...
08/03/2016

AHM share for the day....Anyone remember the Manley's Husky Burger @1523 East 10th?😀 This started life as the Ranger Drive Inn.

Another sunny day at the AHM. Come see us!
08/03/2016

Another sunny day at the AHM. Come see us!

Such an exciting first day at the Amarillo Historical Museum. We had guests that came all the way from Virginia to visit...
08/01/2016

Such an exciting first day at the Amarillo Historical Museum. We had guests that came all the way from Virginia to visit us. Thanks ladies! Plus our own local visitor, Jessie Pfrimmer, came by and made a nice donation to us. Thanks Jessie. If you would like to donate please contact us at 206-3926. Your support helps us keep the history and legacy of Amarillo available to everyone.

Folks we are officially re-opened. Come by and visit! Monday - Thursday 9 to 2 or by private tour. 1612 S.Johnson or cal...
07/30/2016

Folks we are officially re-opened. Come by and visit! Monday - Thursday 9 to 2 or by private tour. 1612 S.Johnson or call us 206- 3926. Be part of Amarillo's best kept secret little museum.

07/21/2016

Friends,
We are excited to announce the grand REOPENING of the Amarillo Historical Museum on July 29th at 6:30pm.
The event will feature a silent auction and an ice cream social.

Please call 806-206-3926 for more details and to RSVP.

We hope to see you there!

Our new arch went up today!
04/24/2016

Our new arch went up today!

It's springtime in Amarillo! This little friend dropped by the museum today to say hi.
04/15/2016

It's springtime in Amarillo! This little friend dropped by the museum today to say hi.

Central Presbyterian Church in Amarillo.
03/15/2016

Central Presbyterian Church in Amarillo.

Tascosa High School high jumper Nick Talley is up and over the bar in the Amarillo Relays on March 27, 1997.
03/15/2016

Tascosa High School high jumper Nick Talley is up and over the bar in the Amarillo Relays on March 27, 1997.

Ski equipment is just one of the many things listed on this Vance Hall Sporting Goods advertisement from 1970.
03/15/2016

Ski equipment is just one of the many things listed on this Vance Hall Sporting Goods advertisement from 1970.

The pipe organ of the Amarillo Methodist Church, circa 1908.
03/15/2016

The pipe organ of the Amarillo Methodist Church, circa 1908.

Wrestling legend Ric Flair was a crowd favorite when he would come to Amarillo to defend his world championship. Here is...
03/15/2016

Wrestling legend Ric Flair was a crowd favorite when he would come to Amarillo to defend his world championship. Here is the legend himself with an opponent during a match in Amarillo.

Timeline Photos
03/15/2016

Timeline Photos

Check out this roster of the 1970 Amarillo Sandies football team.
03/15/2016

Check out this roster of the 1970 Amarillo Sandies football team.

Look at this advertisement for Amarillo National Bank from 1924
03/15/2016

Look at this advertisement for Amarillo National Bank from 1924

You won't believe what Amarillo Historical Museum  has to share.  Join us at our open house coming soon.
03/13/2016

You won't believe what Amarillo Historical Museum has to share. Join us at our open house coming soon.

01/11/2016

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Does anyone remember Camp Kiwanis and Pitcher Pump Day Camp?
11/16/2015

Does anyone remember Camp Kiwanis and Pitcher Pump Day Camp?

How many people wish that they were here?
11/12/2015

How many people wish that they were here?

How many people remember Stanley's Drive In?
11/07/2015

How many people remember Stanley's Drive In?

This photo is of the indoor pool sign from the old Coronado Inn downtown.
11/07/2015

This photo is of the indoor pool sign from the old Coronado Inn downtown.

Timeline Photos
11/06/2015

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
11/06/2015

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
11/06/2015

Timeline Photos

How many people remember TG&Y?
11/06/2015

How many people remember TG&Y?

Timeline Photos
11/05/2015

Timeline Photos

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Amarillo, TX
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