When's the last time you really took a look at the history of the Amarillo area? C-SPAN's latest Cities Tour series is all about our city and the impact it has had on the history of the region and the country. C-SPAN has broken the tour into 11 must-see videos. Click or tap the titles below to view each video linked on the C-SPAN website.

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    Kansas City's Influence on Amarillo

    The Panhandle-Plains Museum’s “Cattle, Cowboys & Culture: Kansas City and Amarillo, Building an Urban West” exhibit showcases the shared heritage between Amarillo, Texas and Kansas City. Amy Von Lintel, exhibit co-curator, talked about how trains hauling cattle and cowboys from Amarillo to Kansas City led to transportation of material goods and the development of the two cities.

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    African Americans in Amarillo

    In her book, African Americans in Amarillo, Claudia Stuart highlights talked about the effect of black leaders and pioneers in Amarillo, Texas, including how the establishment of churches facilitated the growth of the black community.

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    Historic Amarillo Santa Fe Depot

    Jerry Danforth, director of facilities with the city of Amarillo, Texas, gave a tour of the Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Amarillo. He talked about the impact the railroad had on the city and the plans to restore the structure.

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    Indigenous People of the Great Plains

    Bill Mercer, associate director of curatorial affairs at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, gave a tour of the “Native Lifeways of the Plains” exhibition which showcases items from the indigenous people of the Great Plains.

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    A Matter of Time - Route 66 Through the Lens of Change

    Ride along with Nick Gerlich, author of, A Matter of Time- Route 66 Through the Lens of Change, as he talks about landmarks from the highway that still exist today.

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    Pantex - World War II through the Cold War

    Since 1942, the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas has contributed to the defense of the United States. Katie Braughton, cultural resources senior associate at Pantex Plant, shared the history of the plant, from building conventional bombs and artillery in World War II, to developing nuclear weapons during the Cold War and still today.

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    Mayor Nelson on Amarillo, Texas

    Amarillo, Texas Mayor Ginger Nelson talked about the development of the city and its impact on the Texas Panhandle.

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    Palo Duro Canyon

    Jeff Davis, assistant park superintendent at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, shared the history the second largest canyon in the United States.

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    Georgia O'Keeffe's Wartime Texas Letters

    In 1912, at age 24, artist Georgia O’Keeffe left the east coast and headed west to the Texas panhandle. In her book, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Wartime Texas Letters, Amy Von Lintel examined the artist’s collection of correspondence she composed during her time in Texas. Ms. Von Lintel described how O’Keeffe’s letters portray an independent, progressive woman who openly shared her thoughts on western American and Word War I.

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    The John L. McCarty Papers

    The John L. McCarty Papers are located in the Amarillo Public Library"s Bush-Fitzsimon Room. Reference Librarian Cindy Wallace showed items highlighting McCarty’s influence as a newspaper editor, publisher, author, and businessman in the Texas Panhandle.

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    The Rise of Gridiron University

    College football has become a significant part of American culture in the past century. In his book, The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time College Football, author Brian Ingrassia tracks the rise of the sport and discusses its place on college campuses.