The city of Canyon is a small town located 16 miles south of Amarillo, Texas. Named after the Palo Duro Canyon, the "Grand Canyon" of Texas, Canyon real estate has many parks, community sports, churches and family entertainment which makes it a great place to raise a family. Property taxes in Potter County and Randall County are adopted by local elected officials and are established by the appraisal district.
One of the many reasons Canyon real estate is such a great community is that its crime rate is one of the lowest in the state of Texas and the volunteer Fire Department is rated second in the state.
History of Canyon
Even though its date of incorporation wasn't until 1906, Canyon real estate began around the late 1800s. Canyon's roots began as the T Anchor Ranch in 1878. Settlers began to arrive in 1887 and within two years, Canyon City (as it was referred to at that time) had a post office, voting place, a general store and was named as the seat of Randall County.
The railroad came through Canyon real estate in 1898, creating the first official industry in the area: rail transportation for cattle. As neighboring Amarillo grew, so did Canyon. The native soil proved ideal for farming and the agricultural industry was ushered in at the turn of the century. Even through the rough times for the rest of the country, such as WWI and the Depression, Canyon's economy thrived.
In 1910, what would eventually become West Texas A&M opened, offering degrees in 1917. The university was instrumental in forming the Panhandle Plain Historical Society to help preserve the history of the area. It also provided a teaching position to one of the area's most famous citizens, artist Georgia O'Keefe. She acted as head of the art department as well as its sole instructor for two years before she left for the big apple of New York City. This short stay, however, no doubt influenced her Southwest style.
Students residing in Canyon attend public schools run by the Canyon Independent School District. There are two elementary, one intermediate, one junior high and one high school operating in Canyon real estate. For higher education, the West Texas A&M University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in agriculture, nursing, science, engineering and more.
Activities in Canyon
Several parks dot Canyon real estate, including the Southeast Park and the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The Southeast Park includes baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, a walking and jogging trail, a six mile lake for fishing, picnic tables and several playgrounds.
The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum showcases a history of the Panhandle Plains Region. They also have educational programs, a Conservation Cente, and a Research Center that collects and preserves documented history of the region.
For nature lovers, the Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a high plains grassland ecosystem that spills into marshes, woodlands, croplands and water carved canyons. Although the buffalo are gone and the lake has dried up, this 7,664 acre sanctuary is a wonderful place to watch migratory birds and wildlife in a natural habitat.
There are also three working ranches operating on Canyon real estate: Elkins Ranch, Creekwood Ranch and Figure 3 Ranch. Creekwood Ranch offers a chuck wagon supper while Figure 3 Ranch offers a chuck wagon breakfast. All three ranches provide horseback tours of the area.
Med Household Income: $35,300
Med Home Value: $106,500
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