The Texas Panhandle is full of rich history.  This area was the perfect place to build a life farming and raising cattle.

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Canyon, Texas is one of those cities.   Some of the rich history of Canyon includes the Campbell and McElroy families.  William McElroy married August Campbell and in 1889 they moved to Canyon with their 9-year-old son Clyde.  In 1891 William McElroy passed away leaving Augusta and Clyde.   William McElroy was the first person be be buried in Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon.  His wife Augusta built a fence around his grave to keep animals from walking all over his plot.

Clyde McElroy was also in attendance at the first public school in Randall County.  This school had three rooms and one teacher.  After attending college in Ft. Worth he returned to Canyon to continue the family ranching business.

The McElroy House

Twelve years after the death of William McElroy in 1906, his widow Augusta, had the home built.  The home is located at 210 4th Street in Canyon.  The home was built by JW Turner who was also responsible for building several homes in the area.  The McElroy home was sold in 1920 to the Plaster family.

The home was once nominated to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, but unfortunately never received a historic title.  Luckily as the house has moved through many owners over the years it has been taken care of and loved.

This was a tour of the home when it was on the market 5 years ago.

This home is currently privately owned, and although it is part of Canyon's history, please respect the homeowners, if you decide to drive by and visit, just admire the architecture and history from a distance.

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Ranchotel: The Forgotten Landmark of Old Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas

The Ranchotel, located at 2501 W. 6th St., is a product of Route 66's heyday.

When Americans first began long-distance automotive travel, they typically stayed in hotels or camped beside the road. In response, clever entrepreneurs began to build what were called tourist courts. The Ranchotel is one of these.

It was built in 1940 and until recently, it was considered one of the best preserved examples of Route 66's tourist facilities. It was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 and was well maintained until 2020.

Even now, in spite of the building's fading beauty, there is still the nostalgic air held by many a historic landmark.

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