Amarillo is a city in Texas, located in the Llano Estacado section of the state. As of 2010, the city had a population of 190,695, making it the state’s 14th most populous city.
While there were settlements around the area previously, Amarillo was founded in 1887 by J.I. Berry. He chose the site due its locations along the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad and the fact that it was a good area for water supply. Originally called Oneida, the city’s name was changed to Amarillo, probably because of the area’s abundance of yellow flowers.
Geographically, Amarillo is located close to the middle of Texas’ panhandle. Unlike other areas of Texas where it gets very hot, Amarillo has a semi-arid climate. There is minimal soil drainage and the land is rather flat.
Amarillo is known as the economic center of Texas’ panhandle. The major industry in the area is meatpacking. In fact, about 25% of the United States’ beef supply comes from the Amarillo area. The Texas Cattle Feeders Association has its headquarters here. The Helium and Petroleum extraction industries are also big in the city. Tyson Foods is the biggest employer here, with 3,700 employees.
Culture plays a big role in the overall vibe of the city. There are many attractions and events throughout the year that honor both Texas and cowboy culture. Since 1921, the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo has been hosted in Amarillo. Participants mainly from all over Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico come here to compete in a renowned rodeo.
The Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts is another main hub in Amarillo. With over 1300 seats, it was originally built in hopes of driving more tourism to the city. The Amarillo Symphony, Lone Star Concerts, and Amarillo Opera are all hosted here.
Wonderland Amusement Park is another popular area attraction. It is estimated that more than 200,000 people visit the amusement park each year. It features a number of rides, arcade games and is also home to the lovely Amarillo Zoo.
People from and whom live in Amarillo are known as
Amarilloans. A number of famous people are from Amarillo including UFC Champions Evan Tanner and Heath Herring, actresses Cyd Charisse and Carolyn Jones, and astronaut Rick Husband.
Though there are no major league sports teams in Amarillo, the city is big on sports. Some popular local teams include the Amarillo Bulls hockey team, the Amarillo Venom Lone Star Football team and Amarillo Thunderheads Independent baseball team.