The city of Amarillo, about 330 miles (531km) northwest of
Dallas-Fort Worth, is where the old West lives on in the commercial
centre of the Texas panhandle.
Amarillo started out in 1887 as a 'buffalo-hide tent camp' for
railroad construction workers. Today, the town named for a nearby
stream, the Arroya Amarillo, boasts a convention centre, symphony,
ballet, theatre, opera and two higher education facilities,
Amarillo College and Texas State Technical College.
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 or cowgirl, 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.
At first glance Amarillo may seem unprepossessing and have
little to offer apart from cowboys and cattle, but it is worth
digging below the dust of the high plains to discover its