Randall County is situated on the famous Texas Panhandle in south-central Texas. The County seat, Canyon, is also part of the Amarillo metropolitan area. Randall County real estate was established in 1889 and is made up of 933 square miles of land and over 750 miles of roads.
Randall County History
Randall County real estate was named for a Confederate brigadier general, Horace Randal, who was killed in 1864 at the Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas battle. Somehow, maybe a clerical error, the name was misspelled (using two "l"s instead of one). In 1876, settlement of Randall County began with Charles Goodnight, who herded 1,600 cattle into Palo Duro Canyon and built his home, the first JA Ranch headquarters. Leigh R. Dyer came the following year and established his log cabin home headquarters. This is the oldest building in northern Texas.
From 1876 to 1889, the county was unorganized. This resulted in the attachment of the county to Jack County from 1876 to 1879, Wheeler County from 1879 to 1891, Oldham County from 1881 to 1883, Donley County from 1883 to 1885, again Oldham County from 1885 to 1889 and Potter County in 1889. Canyon City, now known simply as Canyon, was elected the county seat after being surveyed the previous year. Within 10 years, the population grew from 187 to 963 due to the establishment of the Pecos & Northern Texas Railway.
The county's largest industry was ranching from the very beginning. In 1881, pastures were being fenced and cattle numbers grew wildly. The coming of the railroad helped with the population growth and the number of farms doubled, but dropped from 1930 to 1940. Almost half of the farmers were driven out by the Great Depression. The county began to become urbanized by the mid-1940s and agriculture continued to play a critical part in the economy.
Randall County Schools
There are five different school districts operating in Randall County real estate for students' public education needs: Amarillo Independent School District, Bushland ISD, Canyon ISD, Happy ISD and Wildorado ISD. Combined, these five school districts oversee 17 elementary schools, two intermediate, three middle, two junior high, five high schools and one youth center. In addition to public schools, there are five private schools operating throughout Randall County that parents can choose to send their children to for their education.
West Texas A&M University is located right in Randall County and is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the country.
Randall County Fun
Randall County real estate offers plenty of recreation and activities for all its residents. There are several parks scattered around the county that provide playgrounds, picnic areas, pavilions, ball parks, ball courts and walking trails along with museums, theaters, golf courses, restaurants and plenty of shopping.
The county is home to the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Palo Duro Canyon State Park and Buffalo Lake Wildlife Refuge. Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is the largest museum in the state and Palo Duro Canyon, aka the "Grand Canyon of Texas", is the second biggest canyon in the US.
No matter what city you choose in Randall County real estate, you can't go wrong. Come see for yourself why so many come to Randall County to live and raise their families.
Randall County Demographics
Med Household Income: $46,569
Med Home Value: $112,100
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