33 Facts About Amarillo


Amarillo is a city in the U S state of Texas and the seat of Potter County.

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City of Amarillo, originally named Oneida, is situated in the Llano Estacado region.

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Amarillo was once the self-proclaimed "Helium Capital of the World" for having one of the country's most productive helium fields.

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Amarillo operates one of the largest meat-packing areas in the United States.

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Amarillo became an international expert on national petroleum and natural gas production and conservation.

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Amarillo was hit by the Dust Bowl and entered an economic depression.

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Amarillo has celebrated National CleanUp Day on the Third Saturday in September annually since 2018.

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Amarillo sits closer in proximity to the Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado state capitals than it does to Austin.

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About 20 miles northeast of Amarillo is the Canadian River, which divides the Western High Plains ecological region.

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Underground structures known as Amarillo Mountains are an extension of the Arbuckles of Oklahoma and the Ouachita of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Much of Amarillo's precipitation falls during heavy convective showers and thunderstorms during the late spring and summer months.

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Amarillo is recorded as the windiest city in the U S by the Weather Channel.

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Amarillo is considered the regional economic center for the Texas Panhandle, as well as Eastern New Mexico and the Oklahoma Panhandle.

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From 2020 to 2021, Amarillo experienced its greatest amount of economic development in 30 years.

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Amarillo previously hosted an independent league baseball team, the Amarillo Thunderheads of the American Association, which played its home games in Potter County Memorial Stadium from 2011 to 2015.

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Amarillo had a minor league indoor soccer team called the Amarillo Challengers that competed in the SISL and later the USISL.

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From 1968 to 1996, Amarillo hosted the annual National Women's Invitational Tournament, a post season women's college basketball tournament.

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Amarillo is home to the Amarillo Gun Club, which features a variety of clay target sports including trap, skeet and 5-Stand.

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In 1913, Amarillo became the first Texas city and the fifth in United States to use the council-manager form of municipal government, with all governmental powers resting in a legislative body, called a council .

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The Randall County Amarillo Annex building is located within the city limits and houses its Sheriff's Office and Justice of the Peace Court, Precinct 4.

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Amarillo authored the first state school loan programs for returning World War II veterans and college students.

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Amarillo is the father of the farm-to-market road program in Texas.

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Amarillo is the 168th largest United States radio market in autumn 2005 designated by the radio audience research company, Arbitron.

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The small town of Tulia, Texas, approximately 47 miles south from Amarillo, was the scene of a controversial drug sting in 1999.

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Amarillo was the setting for many motion pictures, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Switchback 1997, and The Plutonium Circus, the 1995 South by Southwest Film Festival winner for best documentary feature.

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Amarillo was the title of the third episode of the second season of AMC's drama Better Call Saul, a spin-off of the hit drama Breaking Bad.

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Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport is a public airport located 10 miles east of the central business district of Amarillo, north of Interstate 40.

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Amarillo has no passenger rail service but remains an important part of the rail freight system.

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In 1910, the Amarillo voters approved to pay for street paving and the materials used to pave the streets were bricks.

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Amarillo is served by two interstate highways: Interstate 27 and Interstate 40.

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The first interchange, on the East side of Amarillo, is a multi-level interchange that provides access to both directions of the I-40 Expressway and Loop 335.

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I-27 in Southern Amarillo will be entirely reconstructed from Buffalo Stadium Rd.

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The City of Amarillo operates recycling collection centers, one located near the downtown area and four at fire stations in the city.

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