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Historic Information About Amarillo TX

The Texas Panhandle city of Amarillo has a colorful name and designation. Known as The Yellow Rose of Texas, the city name is the Spanish word for yellow, though the original name was Oneida. The name may be based on the proximity of abundant yellow wildflowers. The town site was established in April, 1887, by J.I. Berry as the construction of the Fort Worth and Denver City railroad was moving into the area. The town eventually became the county seat for Potter County, and the railroad was a catalyst for much growth and development.

While the Dust Bowl and The Great Depression caused difficulties for the area, development of various U.S. highways made the city an important tourist stop in the 1920s and 1930s. Oil and gas industries grew as a result of the discovery of both resources in the area. The city has also been actively involved in the production of weapons. Cattle ranching is another important part of local history and life.

Local Demographic Details

As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city has a population of 185,743, a growth of nearly 10 percent since the previous Census. 59.7 percent of the population is white non-Hispanic while 28.8 percent is Hispanic. 6.3 percent of Amarillo's population is African American. 27.9 percent of the population is under the age of 18 while 12.6 percent is over the age of 65.

Median income for the area is just under $35,000, and 14.5 percent of residents live below the poverty line. The city has nearly 19,000 businesses with nearly 12 percent being Hispanic-owned. Women own approximately 28 percent of local businesses.

Interesting Sites and Activities

There are lots of opportunities for visitors and residents to experience the culture and history of the area. There are many cultural centers to consider. The Amarillo Botanical Gardens, The Lone Star Ballet, and the Amarillo Little Theatre provide enjoyment to those looking for unique activities. Children will enjoy the Amarillo Zoo and Wonderland Amusement Park. There are several golf courses and western attractions as well.

Dining opportunities are widely varied. Casual fare can be found at favorite franchises or at local restaurants. Look for your favorite ethnic cuisine as well. There are plenty of steakhouses, and Mexican food is also a great choice for locals and visitors. Bakeries and sweet shops are also quite popular.

Westgate Mall is one of the largest shopping locations in the city with nearly 100 stores. There are many souvenir and antique shops to explore as well. Residents will find everything necessary for comfortable living in local department, home improvement and furniture shops.

Residential Needs

Educational needs of students are met by a variety of public schools operated through Canyon Independent School District and Amarillo Independent School District. Post-secondary education is accessible through institutions like West Texas A&M, a part of the Texas A&M University System.

A complete range of government and health care needs is accommodated locally. Government agencies range from animal control to wastewater collection. Hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities are also abundant.

Texas summers can be hot while winters in Amarillo TX tend to see average temperatures below freezing. Reliable heating and cooling is important to residents and businesses in the area. Local HVAC contractors recognize the severity of an AC or heating problem during record-breaking weather conditions, and it's important to have good contact information for obtaining fast service if you encounter problems.

Robert Madden Industries addresses the needs of HVAC contractors in the area, providing important parts and equipment to air conditioning contractors. If you want a reputable reference for cooling and heating contractors, RMI can provide the needed information.