Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon Geologic map
The Lighthouse
Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Landscape, oil on board, 1916–1917, Panhandle–Plains Historical Museum, West Texas A&M University

Canyon system of the Caprock Escarpment located in the Texas Panhandle near the cities of Amarillo and Canyon.

- Palo Duro Canyon

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Fort Richardson (Texas)

United States Army installation located in present-day Jacksboro, Texas.

Looking across Fort Richardson's parade ground toward the hospital. The bakery, guardhouse and magazine are visible in the background.
Fort Richardson Texas Historical Marker
Fort Richardson Hospital
Fort Richardson Pharmacy
Fort Richardson Period Map
Fort Richardson Officer's Quarters Texas Historical Marker
Fort Richardson Hospital Texas Historical Marker

Routine duties included long, arduous patrols along the frontier from Clay and Jack Counties west to Palo Duro Canyon near present-day Amarillo.

Houston Bright

Composer of American music, known primarily for his choral works.

Raymond Carlos Nakai is an American Indian of Navajo/Ute heritage. His Earth Spirit and Canyon Trilogy albums are the only Native American albums to be certified gold and platinum, respectively, by the RIAA.

Among his academic colleagues was Royal Brantley, the original musical director and eventual artistic director of the long-running outdoor musical drama Texas, performed each summer at nearby Palo Duro Canyon.

Golden Spread Council

Local council of the Boy Scouts of America and serves youth in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma.

Camp Don Harrington is located in the western Palo Duro Canyon system on the Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River, 10 mi south of Amarillo, Texas and 8 mi northeast of Canyon, Texas with an elevation of 3590 ft above sea level.

National Park Service rustic

Style of architecture that developed in the early and middle 20th century in the United States National Park Service through its efforts to create buildings that harmonized with the natural environment.

Mount Rainier Administrative Building, Longmire
Trail shelter at Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park
Exterior of the LeConte Memorial Lodge
The Ahwahnee Hotel in December
Ahwahnee Hotel
Old Faithful Inn, 1975
Eagle's Store, 1939.
Mount Rainier's Nisqually Gate
An early view of the El Tovar Hotel
Fireplace inside Hermit's Rest
Crater Lake Lodge in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood National Forest

Three CCC-built cabins on the canyon rim at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Randall County, Texas

Blanco Canyon

Canyon located in the U.S. state of Texas.

Texas Historical Marker on Highway 82, for Texas Ranger Camp Roberts

Blanco Canyon is one of several canyons that have been cut by rivers into the east face of the Llano Estacado, including Yellow House Canyon, Tule Canyon, and Palo Duro Canyon.

Texas State Highway 217

State Highway 217 (SH 217) is a Texas state highway running from Canyon east to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park where it becomes Texas Park Road 5.


Prominent Native American.

Chief Dohäsan, painted by George Catlin 1835.

In his raids, Dohäsan and his tribesmen and allied Comanche came to live in the winter in the Staked Plains, especially along the Canadian River valley and Palo Duro Canyon, which served as a base for both wintering and the annual raids.

Wayside, Armstrong County, Texas

Small unincorporated community in Armstrong County, Texas, United States.

Sign at Contra Costa Centre Transit Village, an unincorporated community in Contra Costa County, California, north of the city of Walnut Creek.

It was renamed Wayside for its location on the "wayside" of the Palo Duro Canyon.

Thanksgiving (United States)

Federal holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, oil on canvas, by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, 1914
Thanksgiving at Plymouth, oil on canvas by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, 1925 National Museum of Women in the Arts
Shrine of the first U.S. Thanksgiving in 1619 at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia
The Puritan by Augustus St. Gaudens, 1904. The "buckle hat" atop the sculpture's head, now associated with the Pilgrims in pop culture, was fictional; Pilgrims never wore such an item, nor has any such hat ever existed as a serious piece of apparel.
The First Thanksgiving 1621, oil on canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899). The painting shows common misconceptions about the event which persist to modern times: Pilgrims did not wear such outfits, nor did they eat at a dinner table, and the Wampanoag are dressed in the style of Native Americans from the Great Plains.
After Winslow Homer, Thanksgiving in Camp, published 1862, National Gallery of Art
Sketch by Alfred Waud of Thanksgiving in camp (of General Louis Blenker) during the U.S. Civil War in 1861
Home to Thanksgiving, lithograph by Currier and Ives (1867)
Servicemen eating a Thanksgiving dinner after the end of World WarI (1918)
Dr. Mordecai Johnson, president of Howard University, serving portions of Thanksgiving turkey to members of his family in 1942
Family saying grace before Thanksgiving dinner in Neffsville, Pennsylvania, 1942
Hungry diners line up outside a performing arts center for a free Thanksgiving meal in Eugene, Oregon, in 2013.
Thanksgiving Day service for members of the United States Army Air Corps, held in a church in Cransley, Northamptonshire, England, November 23, 1944
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1979
An 1891 letter indicating that the Purdue Boilermakers football team intend to play a game in Indianapolis the following year
A U.S. Army serviceman in a turkey costume leads the Kabul Satellite Turkey Chase 10K Run on Thanksgiving Day 2011.
John F. Kennedy spares a turkey (1963). The practice of pardoning turkeys in this manner became a permanent tradition in 1989 during Reagan's term.
U.S. President George W. Bush visits Iraq to have Thanksgiving dinner with soldiers in 2003.
Seminoles having a Thanksgiving meal in the mid-1950s
"A Hymn of Thanksgiving" sheet music cover—November 26, 1899

A 1541 thanksgiving mass was held by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and his expedition of 1,500 men at Palo Duro Canyon in what is today the Texas Panhandle.

Fort Griffin Fandangle

Oldest outdoor musical

Fandangle Logo

For a number of reasons, the Fandangle was not performed again until 1964 when the West Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation contracted with Robert Nail to bring the Fandangle to Canyon, Texas, to open the new outdoor amphitheatre in Palo Duro Canyon.