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    Rick Husband

    by Basaic Written Oct 11, 2014

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    Rick Husband was a native of Amarillo who was well known for his love of his family, his religion and Amarillo. He was a military man, and a pilot and he was the commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia when it exploded and crashed on 1 February 2003. Amarillo named its airport after him and placed a statue of him in the downtown area where he can inspire the children of Amarillo to dream and "reach for the stars".

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    Horse Statues

    by Basaic Written Oct 11, 2014

    Different cities and towns like to adopt an animal or a symbol as a kind of mascot, and they place decorative statues of that animal around town. In Amarillo they have placed over 100 statues of horses around town to pay homage to the importance of the horse to the settlement of Amarillo and the American West. This statue was collocated with this giant heart.

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    Veterans Memorial

    by Basaic Written Sep 30, 2014

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    There is a nice veterans memorial on the courthouse grounds honoring those who have served in the nation's military from Potter County and around the country. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans and their contribution to our freedom and way of life.

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    Old Potter County Library

    by Basaic Written Sep 30, 2014

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    Another beautiful example of architecture in the early 1900s is the old Potter County Library. The library was started in 1902 when about a dozen local women got together to collect books and raise money to start a library. In 1921 approval for a county sponsored library was obtained and Amarillo architects J. Roy Smith and W. C. Townes designed and built this library.

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    The Old Fisk Building

    by Basaic Written Sep 30, 2014

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    This is another of the old skyscrapers in Amarillo. Like the Santa Fe building this is a Gothic Revival style building but it was completed in 1928 and was designed by Amarillo architect Guy Carlander. The building housed a number of offices and was commissioned by Charles A. Fisk of the Amarillo Bank and Trust. Today, the building is a Courtyard Hotel owned by the Marriott Corporation.

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    The Santa Fe Building

    by Basaic Written Sep 30, 2014

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    One of the most noticeable and interesting old buildings in downtown Amarillo is the Santa Fe Railroad Building. This impressive Gothic Revival building was built from 1928 to 1930 by a firm based out of Amarillo and Dallas. When they began digging for the basement they found the remains of a mammoth and possible evidence of Clovis Man. These were carefully preserved and placed in a museum in nearby Canyon, Texas. The building now houses county offices. Future planning includes a possible railroad museum here.

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    Centennial Plaza AKA Centennial Park

    by Basaic Written Sep 30, 2014

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    There is a nice park dedicated to the pioneers that founded the city located in the downtown area. A nice space of green in the middle of all that congestion. There are plaques and monuments in the park, which was dedicated on the 100th anniversary of the city's founding.

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    Amarillo Historic Districts and Polk Street

    by Basaic Written Sep 23, 2014

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    Amarillo has quite a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Many of the finest homes and examples of business architecture from the late 1800s and early 1900s are centered along Polk Street in the downtown area and between 15 and 17th streets. There are 3 districts and about 25 individual building in Amarillo that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Amarillo Civic Center

    by Basaic Written Sep 23, 2014

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    This is the Amarillo Civic Center where the city hosts the trade shows and various entertainment venues. The complex includes the Globe News Center for the Contemporary Arts which is located across the street.

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    Wonderland Amuseument Park

    by Basaic Updated Sep 23, 2014

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    There are two amusement parks (that I know of) in Amarillo. One is Splash Amarillo which I have not been to, and the other is Wonderland. Wonderland is one of the largest privately owned amusement parks in the state and has a variety of rides, and carnival-type games and food. Kids of all ages will have a blast! Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends in April and May.

    Note: I went back to take the photo when the park was not open. It is usually MUCH more crowded/lively.

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    Old Route 66

    by Basaic Written Sep 23, 2014

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    During the heyday of Old Route 66, as it is today, Amarillo is the largest Texas town along the route. You can still see some of the old route through town; mostly along 6th Avenue. Look for the signs along the roadway. The route has a few nice old remnants of the places along the route and some decent new shops, restaurants and other places to part you from your money.

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    Amarillo Zoo

    by Basaic Written Sep 23, 2014

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    To be perfectly honest I was disappointed by the Amarillo Zoo. It is well advertised and Amarillo has a population of almost 200,000 people; but nearby Clovis, New Mexico has only 39,000 and has a much better zoo. The Amarillo Zoo has 15 acres with a few different types of animals with an emphasis on the Bison herd and other animals native to the area. They have a few of the mandatory animals from Africa like monkeys and lions; but much less of a selection than I expected. They have a herpetarium with snakes, lizards, and frogs. One nice thing they had was a couple of young volunteers with a hands-on table for the kids. Hours are 9:30 AM to 5 PM daily. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors (62 and up), and $2 for kids 3 to 13.

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    Amarillo College

    by Basaic Written Sep 23, 2014

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    In addition to the Amarillo Museum of Art, there are other attractions on the Amarillo College Campus. There is a Museum of Natural History, but it was not open when I was there nor could I find any hours of operation posted on the door. On line they give the hours as 10 AM to 3 PM Monday through Thursday. I did not get to see it just letting you know it exists.

    Website: http://www.actx.edu/nhm/pagesmith/1

    Additionally, there is a Concert Hall and Theater where they have plays, concerts and other forms of entertainment.

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    Displays Inside Amarillo Museum of Art

    by Basaic Written Sep 23, 2014

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    The museum has far more to their collection than they can put on display at any one time, plus they share with other museums so displays change periodically. When I visited they had some nice displays of sculptures from India, Cambodia and other locations in that area ranging from the 1100 to the 1300s. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and 1 PM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but a $5 donation is "suggested".

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    Amarillo Museum of Art

    by Basaic Updated Sep 22, 2014

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    The Amarillo Museum of Art has some nice sculptures around the building and a decent collection of regional 20th Century art and some Pan-Asian items. The museum is located on the campus of Amarillo College. Unlike many colleges, it was fairly easy finding a place to park. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and 1 PM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but a $5 donation is "suggested".

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