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AMARILLO AIR FORCE BASE

AAFB map before major expansion 

BELOW: after construction of one of the world's longest runways (1961)

Raising the flag (1960)

November 19, 1964

AAFB (1941 - 1968)

 

 

English Field (Amarillo Air Terminal) early '60s

JFK spoke at English Field in 1960 while on the campaign trail.

Braniff jet service began April 25, 1965.

Braniff Airlines (1928 - 1982)

In the 60's Amarillo was the only city in Texas served by TWA which converted to pure jet service at English Field using the Convair 880 in 1965,

then later using BOEING 727 airliners.

You walked out of the terminal, across the tarmac, and climbed stairs to board the plane.

(Hard to even imagine now)

Headed for Nam in '68

 

 

 

 

 

The corndog was invented in Amarillo on Route 66 in 1952 <><><><> It was first called a "Cozy Dog"

 

Amarillo Blvd. aka N. E. 8th aka Route 66

The busy boulevard in 1965. 

The best restaurants in town were located along "The Main Street of America" in the '60s.

N. E. 8th (Amarillo Blvd.) from atop St. Anthony's Hospital about 1960.

About a hundred motels and just as many gas stations were on Amarillo's Route 66.

Motels installed 3, 4, and 5 story signs, Las Vegas-like, along the six lane route.

Jerry Young is the magician making David Anderson appear on a rainy Amarillo Blvd. (1967).

There were three Holiday Inns on Amarillo Blvd, each with it's own 60 foot tall sign.

aerial view of Amarillo Blvd. looking east from Hayes St. about 1965

signs signs signs and six lanes wide in 1969

 

Many of these buildings are still standing. . .many are not.

Ding How Chinese Restaurant

Triangle Motel at the intersection of Route 66 and Route 60

This historic structure is being restored:

for more info http://www.trianglemotelrt66.com/

Standard Station on N. E. 8th at Johnson St.

The Hudson Station at N. E. 8th and Lincoln sold gas for 21 (regular) / 23 (ethyl) a gallon about 1960.

21 cents a gallon in '61

The Lewis Filling Station once stood on what is now a tiny triangle of land on the 

east side of San Jacinto's Historic Route 66. -Photo courtesy Dwain McMahan

 

N. E. 8th became Amarillo Blvd in 1964

"(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66"  by Bobby Troup

MORE PHOTOS

 

A Palo Duro High School dance in the early 60's.

The Chords entertain at a high school dance in 1965.

Doing the "Bugaloo" at an Amarillo College dance 1967

Amarillo College Cheerleaders 1968

 

Johnny

Johnny Thompson and David May try a mini-carton of Goldsmith's Milk (1965).


Racing at Amarillo Dragway (1961) Photo courtesy Dwain McMahan

Amarillo Speed Bowl (1968)

 


SUNSET CENTER

Sunset Center Mall opened September 15, 1960. It was one of the first malls in Texas.

The site on which the mall was built was originally the 9 hole Sunset Golf Course.

That's Tascosa High School is just beyond the residential area and beyond that is Duniven Lake where Western Plaza would rise in 1967.

Sears and Sunset Center area in 1963

The Sears Key Shop was on the parking lot just outside the store.

 


 

Woolco opened August 9, 1967

Western Plaza Mall opens February 29, 1968. For the WP story click here

Grand Opening at the Western Plaza RADIO SHACK (2-29-68)

ORANGE JULIUS

 

The Mall originally included a Furr's Supermarket outside on the south end.

Georgia Street K-Mart

Bank of the Southwest Tower construction 1966 (Wolflin Village).

Furr Food Supermarket at E. 10th and Pierce St. Downtown

Furr Food on N. Buchanan near Palo Duro High School (1957-1987)


 


 

City Hall at the Civic Center (1968)

Roadway Inn Downtown near The Herring Hotel (1965)

Amarillo's first Howard Johnson's Motel/Restaurant opened in 1968 on I-40 near Georgia St. (Demolished for new development in 1997)

The CROSSROADS Motel was Downtown between 5th & 6th on Fillmore St.

The 24 hour restaurant was a very popular eatery.

 

Inside the tropical dome of the Villa Inn I-40 at Grand (1968)

 

The Zuider Zee Restaurant on I-40 W. opened in 1967.

 

Moon over the waterfall at Scotty Golf (Canyon E-Way at S. Bell St.)

 

This popular PUTT PUTT course was on SW 33rd just off Western St.

Wonderland's miniature golf course opened in the early '60s and is still in operation today.

 


 


 

Canyon E-way to downtown 1962.

ABOVE: Dumas E-way construction 1962.

BELOW: Nearer completion in summer 1963. (Notice Tascosa Drive-Inn Theater)

I-40 and Interchange construction mid-1965

I-40 going under Washington Street March 1965

I-40 construction west of Georgia St. 1967.

This is where I-40 would cross Grand St. by 1964 (The oval is a go kart track) 

A Wal-Mart Super Center is now located here.

E-way downtown dispersal system 1963.

Remember that green tower at the I-40 / Canyon E-way Interchange?

(it was by for observation during design and construction of the interchange)

It came down in 1999

I-40 East opens from Canyon E-way 1966.


 

The Helium Monument opened in 1968 (I-40 at Nelson St).


SPS Nichols Station power plant aglow on a crisp January night in 1969


 

The TEXACO Refinery on S. Grand St. at E. 3rd (1920s - 1985)


 

Amarillo Sonics line-up (1967)

'64 T-Bird

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'63 Corvette

What cars would look like by 1990. (magazine feature)

'68 VW Bus


 

 

 

Wolflin Village 1965

                            photos above and below courtesy Michael Archer

Fashion models near Woflin Village in '65

Sid Stout Ford was located on S. Georgia St. (where United Market Street is today)

Borden's Milk Plant on The Canyon E-way near 45th Ave (1963)

and at Christmas

Borden's Train in the Fair Parade

Denny's operated Restaurants on Amarillo Blvd. at Fillmore and on I-40 at Paramount Blvd.

Opened on Paramount Blvd. at I-40 in 1968

I-40 and Paramount Blvd. 1968


Amarillo Civic Center

Demolition for the Civic Center construction 1965

Construction of the Civic Center in 1967.

Thousands of brand new seats ready for the first Civic Center concert in 1968.

Glen Campbell's Show opened the Civic Center Sept. 3, 1968.

New City Hall and Downtown in 1966. The old City Auditorium is still standing.


The Business Building and Parcells Hall construction at Amarillo College Washington St. Campus 1967.

This state-of-the-art  IBM computer was installed at Amarillo College in 1967. That SYSTEMS tray, which weighed about 10 pounds, would hold 800 to 1000 times less data than the average one ounce thumb drive you use today.


St. Anthony's Hospital on Polk Street at Amarillo Blvd

St. Anthony's Hospital built a major addition in 1960.

 

North West Texas Hospital on W. 6th circa 1964

Northwest Texas Hospital moved to a new facility in The Amarillo Harrington Regional Medical Center in 1982. 

This building is now a retirement center.

 

Baptist Hospital construction in the Medical Center (1967)

(that dirt road behind the hospital is now the major thoroughfare Coulter Rd)

The Medical Center still looked very barren in 1969. That's Wallace Blvd on the right.

Osteopathic Hospital On W. 10th Ave

Amarillo Veteran's Hospital

 

 

 

The T G & Y store on N. Fillmore St

 

 

 

The Coronado Inn & Restaurant at 7th and S. Pierce Downtown made the world's best chicken fried steak (1965-1977).

 

7th & Fillmore Downtown

 


 

The grand old Herring Hotel (3rd and S. Pierce) is still waiting to be saved.

Herring's sign had  been removed by 1969


 

 

Battenfield Motors at 2nd and S. Polk sold the Rambler line of cars.

Whites Auto 10th and Polk Downtown burned in 1968

 


 

Tri-State Fair 1963

SEE MANY, MANY MORE PHOTOS FROM THE FAIR

PAST AND PRESENT

AmaChron at the Fair link at the bottom of this page.

 


 

The smokestack at the old Zinc Smelter was a landmark for decades.


 

 

at the zoo

"Chanten", the elephant, was named after KFDA TV, Channel 10, which spearheaded 

the Amarillo Storyland Zoo fund raising efforts in the early '60s. (Photo March 1966)

 

 

San Jacinto is on old Route 66 (W. 6th Ave)

Cunningham Floral was at the east end of San Jacinto( 6th and McMasters)

The "Nat" Ballroom (W. 6th at Georgia)


 

Palo Duro Canyon

Take video a ride on the Sad Monkey Railroad: CLICK THE PIC


Wonderland in Thompson Park

Read the history of Wonderland Park 


 

 

How you played your first records.

Might have been your first tape recorder.

"Good evening, Mr. Phelps..."

 

 

 

PRINTED MATTER

 


 

Amarillo's other newspaper

It was a very simple TV Schedule in 1964. 

(The C  indicates a program presented in color) 


 

Putt Powell was a legend.


 

DDD in '63

 

A city bus transfer ticket  circa 1967

 

PD Bowl 1963-1982

A lifetime career?

1897 - 1969

Downtown Park & Ride & Shop buses 1965. CLICK to play Downtown's jingle

 

 

The original Myers Fried Chicken location on W. 6th (Old Route 66)

Old Route 66 location (pre 1962)

New location on Georgia (1963) 

A glass of iced tea would cost you 29 more.

Steak for a buck in 1968.

Wyatt's Cafeteria in Sunset Center (1962) 64 turkey dinner

They served "Fun at Shakey's . . .also pizza" CLICK to hear the 60s commercial

 

Trade Winds Motel on N. Fillmore at N. E. 10th

There were fewer banks in the '60s. From this list only AMARILLO NATIONAL still exists. CLICK to hear the ANB 60s Commercial Medley

First National Bank's 1963 IBM check processor.

Western Data began operations in 1969

 

 

AmaChron Recording Service began May 1, 1967

4-track and later 8-track tape was the first practical way to listen to the music of your choice in a car.

 

The Georgia Street K-Mart opened November 23, 1962

Many people thought T.G.&Y. stood for Toys, Games, & Yo-Yos but the company was actually named for its founders, Tomlinson, Gosselin, and Young.  Many of the new shopping centers built in Amarillo during the '60s started with a Furr's or McCart's Supermarket and a T.G.&Y. store. (1936 - 2002)

The Downtown Skagg's operated until 1970. It was one of the busiest stores in town.

Mead's Fine Bread (1919 - 1987)

Wonderland Golf is still in operation.

The Amarillo Symphony recorded an album in 1962.

Wranglers Ice Hockey came to the Civic Center ice rink in 1968.

The HITS September 27, 1965. CLICK to hear KFDA spots '

KFDA 1440 AM Radio was renamed on September 1, 1966 and George Taylor signed on the station with the new call letters KPUR ("The Big Caper").

If you weren't listening to KPUR you were probably listening to KIXZ 940 AM.

 


An interview with weatherman Dan True about KFDA TV, Channel 10, in the '60s


KVII-TV (Ch 7) began broadcasting from TEXAS TALLEST TOWER in April 1969

1,626 feet tall

 


 

 

The year before the play "TEXAS" opened in the Palo Duro Canyon amphitheater  "THUNDERING SOUNDS OF THE WEST" was presented (1965).


 

The Lake Meredith plan in 1965


September 26, 1968 headline.


Playmore Roller Rink


 

 

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Who from the 1960's can forget the music of 

Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs?

Jimmy Gilmer was born in Chicago but grew up in Amarillo. "Sugar Shack" was the #1 selling record of 1963. The Sugar Shack teen club, inspired by the song, opened in the Trades Fair Shopping Center on NE 24th Ave that year. 

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Terry Stafford

Terry Stafford graduated from Amarillo's Palo Duro High School in 1960. He had Top 40 hits "Suspicion" and "I'll Touch A Star" in 1964. In 1971 he wrote the song "Amarillo By Morning" which George Strait recorded in 1982.

Terry On American Bandstand March 28, 1964

1941 - 1996

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J. D. Souther

Noted singer-songwriter J. D. Souther was raised in Amarillo and graduated from Tascosa High School in 1964. He was associated with The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and several other recording artists.

CLICK  FOR DETAILS

J. D. was also in a local band with Charlie Bates and Steve Dodge. Click the image below for details.

CLICK  FOR DETAILS

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Ray Ruff

(1938 - 2005)

Click the images for details.

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"Yesterday" is the most recorded song in history with more than 3,000 covers so far.

 

 

. . .Thank you for visiting. . .

GOODBYE

 

All that's left of the Hi-De-Ho Drive In

PAGE 1 MUSIC: "In my Life" by The Beatles (1966)

PAGE 2 MUSIC: "In My Life" by Bette Midler (1991)


 

 

BONUS

Take a look at this film of a Shriner's Parade in Downtown Amarillo about 1950:

www.texasarchive.org/library/index.php?title=The_Palin_Bree_Collection,_no._16_-_Shriner%E2%80%99s_Parade_in_Amarillo 


 

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This page last updated July 31, 2013