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*First comment: April 30, 2008:
Loved it and remembered most but had forgotten lots.
- Love, mother (my mom - Selma)
Thank you so much. This does bring back memories.
I'd swear that is my father standing on the corner in front the Kress store!
THAT WAS GREAT!
I SAW THE BLACKBURNS STORE ON POLK. I SOLD THAT BUILDING , 55,000 SQ. FT
FOR $110,000 INCLUDING THE PARKING LOT NEXT DOOR IN THE EARLY 90's,
ABOUT $2.00 A SQ. FT AND A FREE PARKING LOT. THAT LOT PROBABLY SOLD FOR
A FORTUNE WHEN THE SANTA FE BUILDING OPENED BACK UP. OH WELL, TIMING IS
THANK YOU AGAIN!
This is so cool.....Really brings back some old memories.
These are pics of Amarillo in the 60’s.
Dear fellow Amarilloans,
I am sitting in front of my computer crying over an email that I
received from my sweet mother back in Amarillo. I was born and raised in
the great metropolis of Amarillo and am proud of my heritage. I left
only because I married a yankee who stole me away to Massachusetts and
then Maryland where we are now. I have been scrolling through the old
photos of my beloved town and remember all of it. I too "dragged
down Polk Street" more times than I can count, had my first movie
theater balcony kiss in the old State theater on Washington Ave., and
ate in just about every drive in, burger joint, and the great Shakey's
Pizza Parlour where I sang songs and watched my dad have the only beer
he ever drank in front of us kids while we ate the world's best pizza. I
had my first root beer and hamburger at the A & W drive-in and
thought that the Zider Zee was a real wind mill. My family and I would
sit up in the Snead Estate offices and watch every State Fair Parade and
then would walk the fair grounds eating footlongs and drinking Coke and
loosing money on the games of chance. We shopped at the Hub and Colberts
for all our clothes, Gattis' for our shoes and T.G.& Y. for
everything else. (Furr's and Piggly Wiggly were our grocery stores of
choice) I remember picking up aunts and uncles at the old airport and
sitting at the diner and watching the buses leave the
terminals-wondering what exciting place they were going to. We watched
painfully as the old Amarillo High burned to the ground and we all
graduated from the new one. My father is a graduate of the old Amarillo
High along with his two older brothers and Dad has been a practicing
dentist in Amarillo for almost 50 years! I love that town and will
always consider it home no matter where I live or how far I travel. It
was the best place in the world to grow up and it still holds all the
memories of my great grandmother, grandmother and grandfather (who
helped build parts of Amarillo and helped established Vega), my mother
and father who (thank God) still live there, and my sister's and
brother's families who also call Amarillo their home. You all have put
together a wonderful tribute to the city and it's people and I thank you
for it putting on line where those of us who had to leave paradise can
still go back and remember how great it was to be a kid in Big A!
Thank you from the bottom of my Sandie heart,
-Melinda "Mindy" McCausland Johnson
I graduated from Amarillo High in 1960. This website is wonderful. Wish
I had held onto this many memories. Thanks so much.
Incredible website, very helpful information.
My Grandparents lived in Amarillo from 1947 until their passing about 8
years ago and I lived there 1963-1965 and used to spend a lot of my
summers there as well as holidays.
The site is outstanding to go through and look at all the pictures.. I
did not know that western plaza was destroyed. I have a lot of good
memories of that place when I was a child. Looking at the old photos you
have on the site brought back a lot of memories for me. Like the water
fountains on each of the Mall. Ill miss that place awhile all who walked
through its doors over the years.
Ronn, I just got your wonderful website from Selma. Thank you!! It
brought back so many great memories. I know it took lots of time and
work to put all these wonderful photos together and I really appreciate
-Cheryl Danile Mullen
Class of '66
I really enjoyed this, my cousin Iris Pitts forwarded it to me. I, of
course, forwarded it to all my PD contacts, and kids who later went to
PD so they could see what it was like in the 60s. Thanks for sharing, it
is really a wonderful web site. I added it to my favorites. Great songs.
-Carolyn Branum Davis
Class of '65
selma, tell ron i enyoyed all the pics of streets where we grew up. i
woulddn't trade a day of it for anything, except for a few blizzard
days. thanks for all your info.
great,suuuuuuuuuuuuuure brought back good memories,
Thank you so much for sending that link. For me, it was lots of fun looking through the pictures and putting them with stories my mom and dad have both told me through the years. It's also fun to see the things that are from my time like Western Plaza and Sunset Center....I have fun memories from both places. Since my mom is in the nursing home and can't be a part of your 60th birthday celebration, I may print some of those pictures out and send them to her. Please tell Ronn Wood thank you for his time to compile the pictures and if you have time, ask him if he minds if I post the link on the message board I post on. It's Our Country Roads and those of us on there are either Amarillo natives that have had to move away or people who have always and still live in Amarillo. If he doesn't feel comfortable with that, I understand.
-Monica Freeman (Sharon Tatum Edmondson's daughter)
Very cool… Too bad they haven’t invented time travel yet. I’d love
to go back and just walk around. Maybe I’d run into myself skipping
---Ron Jones Tascosa Class '72
AWESOME Ronn...you never fail to amaze me. Even tho this is before my
"time" in Amarillo, (mine started in 1976) it still brought
tears to my eyes to see the places I "remember".... i even
lived in the blvd. ramada at one time, but it was called something else
by then. I am gonna share this with my amarillo people.
-Konii (in Iowa)
Ron, thanks so much for the wonderful trip down memory lane. My brother,
Tommy and I, and cousins all really enjoyed them. Thanks again.
alot of those pictures bring back nice memories. sure is nice to see old
Amarillo. I remember cruising on weekends.
These are great, Ronn. Loved the shot of Ruby Lewis, Lady Cool Breeze.
– Karen Welch --Globe News
I enjoyed your email and Mark will get a kick out of seeing the pics. I remember dragging up and down Polk all night Fridays and Saturdays. Take care.
-Teresa D. Tascosa Class of '78
I sat down with my older sister (Class of '50) who proceeded to go through the pictures and not only enjoy them as they are but started remembering the way some things were in the 40s: Cretney's Drug was at 6th and Polk in the Barfield Building, here was the Capitol Theater, over there was the Leon Theater (later Skaggs), bought some 78 RPM records at a shop in the Paramount Building, this was where Sears was (10th and Polk), NE 8th was only 2 lanes (Amarillo Blvd/Rt 66), right here on Polk was a little cafe we really liked, etc. Very enlightening!
You have to look at this link. Growing up in Amarillo. Man, It was so simple back then. Can we ever go back? Yeah, to the memories. So sad now that the kids of today never felt or heard the enthusiasm of the old song the "Beach Boys" produced..."Be True To Your School." Ya'll enjoy this one, be sure your speakers are active!! Now let's tale a walk back in the good times...gw
PS. Take a hard look at the Christmas on 7th and Polk St...that 4dr '57 Ford, could it be??? Naw,,could it??
These are awesome photos! When I think of Amarillo, these are some of the views that come into my mind.....even though many of them don't exist anymore. We lived in Amarillo from 1960 to 1968 and returned in 1970 to live there until we moved to Michigan in 1986. Three of our four kids were born there (Melissa, the only Michigander in the bunch!). Here are a few of my memories:
Eating at Stanleys and Dinos - my little brother and I ate our burgers on the rear shelf of our 1960 Ford Galaxie 500. We could watch the teenagers driving up and down...in and out.
My mom shopping at Colberts.
Milam's (I think) Toys in Wolflin village
The old Saint Anthony's Hospital...when it was thriving - that's where Monica and I met in 1973
Opening the new Northwest Texas Hospital
Shortly after Sunset Center opened, they had a space ride in the parking lot. It spun, centrifugal force made you feel like you were "in space" and springs on the seats allowed you to jump higher as if you were "weightless". Sunset Center also had a small tent-like movie theater in the center where my parents would "park" my brother and me while they shopped. We watched cartoons all day!
Major Comar (I was on his show for my 8th birthday)
Freddie the Fireman
Late night patty melts at Denny's and Sambo's (!)
8 tracks with intriguing cover shots
Numerous trips to the Amachron world headquarters to pick up my tapes!
Don D. King
Facilities and Clinical Technology
National Facilities Services Kaiser Permanente Oakland CA
This brought back a lot of memories. I didn’t grow up in Amarillo, but
we were there a lot. Every fall we went shopping for school clothes at
Fedway (my life’s ambition then was to be an elevator operator—they
had such fancy uniforms!). We went to movies at the Paramount and the
Esquire. Wasn’t there a Skaggs Drugstore on Polk? Seems like we went
shopping there. My aunt and uncle and cousins lived a block from Palo
Duro High on Arthur Street so we were on Northeast 8th a lot when we
visited them. Anyway, thanks for the memories. It was fun.
-- Sherry Seabourn in Pampa
Now that was interesting & fun! I remember the flame on that
building. We thought that was the neatest when we were going through
there on vacation back to Illinois every year. Check out the gas
prices!! WOW! They sure messed up the prediction on what cars would look
like in 1990. My record player was blue & white. That was really fun
looking back at everything! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!
-Brenda (Austin TX)
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed looking at all the pics! Brought back a lot of good memories. Good job!
-Peggy (Hendren) LaFavers
Very cool, Ronn. As I looked at the photos, the cars seemed to stand out more than anything. Why didn't we have the sense back then to mothball about 100 of those old clunkers? Then we could retire now!
Also, Ruby Lewis looking really HOT! Ha ha. Thanks for the memories.
-- David Horsley
Ronn - Should have known you were the one who did that. My mother
emailed it to me today. It is FANTASTIC! Just proves how old I am. I've
contacted Kent Cooper to see if he has pictures of the original Cooper
& Melin and when it was in Wolflin Village. His dad is still alive.
I'll let you know.
As a long time Amarillo resident (1962 Tascosa grad), I wanted to thank
you for all the great old photos in Amarillo Graffiti. What a trip down
very very good. I like the go-low sign, What a collection of pictures and cards!!
--Andy Lange (Odessa)
Love your graffiti presentation…Thought you might like a photo of the
Palo Duro drivein theatre..
-Gregg Bynum Amarillo
This was wonderful !!! Oh , did it ever bring back memories. Wonder how
I could have copies of these?
Do you know? Oh, the history. It is like going back to my young years.
Thank you so much !!!!!
Hope all is going well. It was great to see you, but not enough
WOW! This is nostalgia at its height!
Thanks for sharing
You have done a wonderful job photographing, collecting and presenting. I enjoyed paging through Amarillo and Amachron history. Thanks for sharing.
I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed looking at the pictures that
you have highlighted. I just keep going back and looking and have
forwarded to quite a few folks already. You are to be commended for your
hard work and I am very appreciative of it. I will look through my
pictures at some point and see if there is anything that might be of
interest to you. We just didn't take that many pictures in 1960's
because they were kind of "expensive" for may families. Please
keep us posted of any further work that you do. The picture at the dance
at Palo Duro High was awesome. That is Pat Daniel right in the middle
and I was most likely across from him. We dated off an on from our 7th
grade to 10th grade. Fabulous!
Many Thanks ~
Nancy Pinto Steen
Palo Duro High School
That's really cool. Thanks for sharing and I'm loving the Bette cover!
I've been gone for 40 years and the pictures brought back a lot of memories. Thanks
I had never seen this website before. THANK YOU !!! it is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing and putting up these old pictures.
THANKS AGAIN !!!! the photos and feelings just left me breathless and speechless.
We love it.
We'd like to see St. Mary's Academy, Price College & St. Anthony's
You might get those from someone at the St. Mary's Alumni.
Keep up the good work.
-Rosalie (Baker)Vogel -SMA '62
Norman Vogel -Price '61
Both -St. Anthony's '65
As always, your photos are fantastic! My childhood was not spent downtown much; the buildings that seem so lively in your pictures have always been kind of run down in my memory. But like I said, I didn't spend much time downtown until I was nearing high school graduation age.
Sad how Amarillo has lost it's sense of history and community.Polk Street was amazing.Sad that you can't even go "drag Polk"anymore.I feel so sad for my daughter Madison(she's 16) who will never know what fun is.Man I am getting old!
A friend just sent me an email about your site, and I've loved looking at the photos! They really brought back memories. I was born in Amarillo in 1953, graduated from Tascosa in 1971, and went on to Amarillo College before leaving for Texas Tech and then Florida State University. I also lived in Wyoming for a while before returning to Amarillo in 1990.
In 1995 I moved to Brighton, in Sussex on the south coast of England, but I still return to Amarillo to visit my mom, Bonnie Munn, who turns 88 this year. My dad, John Munn, who died in 2005, was a well-known amateur golfer who was inducted into the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 1972. In 2000 he was named as one of the Top 100 Sports Legends of the Panhandle.
Since Dad died, I've been even more drawn to memories of my childhood in Amarillo, and I've started collecting historic postcards. Some of them I recognized from your site. Would you be interested in my scanning some of the others for you? Many of them are from the really early years of Amarillo, from the 1910s and thereabouts, and they include historic houses, neighborhoods, buildings, and streetcars. I've bought most of them on eBay.
Thanks very much for your wonderful website. Using the Beatles' "In My Life" as a soundtrack was a brilliant idea, too!
All the best,
Outstanding, extremely enjoyable website. And thanks for forwarding the link, Don.
If anyone has info about Penny Reid (Penelope Nan Reid), who was my foster sister for a year about 1957 & attended Lee Bivins elementary for one year in the first grade, I would very much like to hear from him/her. I think Penny was originally named "Marsha" (last name unknown), and perhaps came from the Skellytown area.
Son of Dr. Howard & Lucile Reid, brother of Dan Reid.
Childhood in Amarillo 1950-52 (Harrison Street), 1954-61 (South Parker Street).
-Musical Arts Conservatory kindergarten, Mrs. Lane's kindergarten, Lee Bivins elementary, Stephen F. Austin Jr. High, one year at Amarillo High.
My husband and I have enjoyed the pictures of Amarillo so very much. It is like going back in time. Wish you could include the Double Dip on Polk St. and the Santa Fe Railway Station, which both bring back so many memories. We forwarded the info to relatives in Michigan who lived here in the 60's and they were thrilled. They said when they come back to Amarillo, it just doesn't look the same. Now they can click on their computer and come back to Amarillo the way they remember it. Thanks for the good work.
Thank you so much for the wonderful memories! I attended the Old Amarillo High School and graduated in 1951. After graduation I went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. I moved away in 1952 but the pull of Amarillo was always strong. I returned to Amarillo in the mid 1980's and have made my home here ever since. Only one other thing I remember that was not featured in your wonderful tour down memory lane was the "Beef Barrel" which is now on Plains Avenue. I know years ago it was located some place else in Amarillo, but can't remember exactly where.
Thanks again and I am looking forward to any updates that are down to the web site.
-Virginia (Austin) Baggerman
This is awesome. Thank you for the memories and for sharing.
I liked the sequence shots showing the old Amarillo Hotel coming down. I remember it like it was yesterday.
Thank you, it brought tears.
-Ginger McCarthy Age 46
This is best collection on Amarillo I have seen. Really a trip back in time. What do you do with this?
-Eugene McCartt, CPA
That was wonderful - Thank you!!
Sincerely................. Elizabeth Pike
Dear Amachron, I really enjoyed your presentation of Amarillo Graffiti
until I got to page 2 and found a glaring error. KFDA Radio changed
it's call letters on September 1, 1966 and I was the sign on dj not Jay
Speegle. Attached in a jpg file you will find a copy of the first
printed KPUR Big 50 Survey. You will notice the date of Sept 5 on the
page without the pictures. We still have friends and do visit Amarillo
when we can, so I would like to see your presentation corrected! Thanks
for your attention in this matter.
-Best Regards, George Taylor
(it has been corrected)
Is this the person who put together the spectacular Amarillo Graffiti? I
was born and raised there.. I sat at my desk watching the precious piece
with tears happily welling in my eyes... It's just fabulous!! I sent it
on to my good friend who's Grandmother is Mary E. Bivins..and uncle is
Dick Bivins he just called me to tell me thanks..................
My name is Jared Sherman and upon receipt of this e- mail, I realized
that the picture of Ruth's steakhouse is actually a picture of my father
and my great grandmother, as well as my grandfather at the bar. If you
could e-mail this pic to me so we could blow it up that would be great.
If you have the original, that would be even better. Please contact me
on this matter, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you sooo much.
Thank you so much for all your time and effort putting the Amarillo or Graffiti together. We had wondered if you were able to get your hands on some pictures of the progression of Wonderland Park and the Zoo. We think that there is surely someone that would have that. Regardless, you have done a wonderful job. Both my wife and I were so blessed by the look back into the past. I am Pastor Tony Poole from Manila, Philippines. Both Calli and I were born in Amarillo and I was raised in Borger and moved to Amarillo in 1967 my wife grew up there. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your hard work.
God Bless you,
-Tony & Calli Poole
This was wonderful. I am now 61 and remember everyone of these places, especially the Santa Fe train, my
Daddy was the engineer for that very train. This was really a great reflection of my past.
Thanks so much!
Senior Placement Manager
I enjoyed your amarillo show. I was wondering if you know anyone
that might would have any amarillo postcards to sell?
Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to put together this
-Jim Wilson (former Amarillan!)
Many years ago in the mid 60s I was stationed at Amarillo Air Force Base where I operated a little pirate radio station in my spare time. Wooo those were the days! I have enjoyed your Amarillo Graffiti pages so very much. It brought back many, many memories of that time in my life. Thank you for that excellent work good sir. -A. Bell
The Eddie Howe and Tim Eller families (both from Amarillo ) also enjoyed the thunder out of it.
-Ernest in Houston
Thank you for the beautiful memories! My aunt that lives there sent this to me. I left Amarillo in 1975, have been back for visits but not for a long time. Gosh, you brought back my teen years and I loved it. There's flashbacks of my high school, Amarillo College, the theaters that I loved so. I can't forget POLK STREET! Thanks again, this is remarkable.
-Sherry Pickens :-)
Las Vegas, NV
Wanted you to know how much I enjoyed " Amarilllo Graffiti ".
As a child of the 50s, drug Polk, drank & ate at the Hi-De-Ho,
visited all the drive in movies and theatres, and all the restaurants on
6th & " North East 8th. Enjoyed my first piece of Pizza at The
Tower of Pizza. As president of The Old Route 66 Association of Texas I
am into preservation, including trying hard to save the Triangle
Motel& its signs. It's a shame we did not preserve all those neon
signs on Amarillo Blvd but there are still a few left to save if we can
get some funding.
Thanks for a well done job.
-Bob " crocodile " Lile, Prez. Old Route 66 Association of
Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico Rep., Route 66 Pulse Newspaper
Lile Art Gallery www.artamarillo.com
I received the email on your pictures and enjoyed it so much. We came
here in 1962.
During this time, I've lost a husband, gained a new one, started writing
poetry, and now my son, Alan McNeil, is restoring the Triangle Motel on
Amarillo Blvd. I'm so glad you had the old Triangle Motel postcard
Hope you'll drive out soon and see the site.
Hey Guys ~ Just a note to thank you for the excitement! I was sent your website here by George Taylor (I think,) and it was totally amazing!!! Just wanted to say thanks, and to give you my compliments/congrats. A lotta great work went into the collecting thing here!
-Ed Armstrong (aka Scotty Mitchell, radio)
Love the pictures of Amarillo .
I do miss a picture or recognition of Sutphen’s Bar B Q.
We ate there and stood in line on Saturday nights outside in the parking
lot to get in. It was the best.
Outstanding page!!! Thanks for sharing.
-Woodway , TX
I think we should start a campaign to get the BLUE FLAME light returned to the top of the Gas Building which is now the Amarillo Police Dept.
I lived in Amarillo for 43 years. I now live in Alabama and have for the last 7 years. My husband was born at the Amarillo Air Force Base in 1956. I have a great black and white picture of down town Amarillo at Christmas taken in 1974. I realize that is not the 60's but it still had the Paramount Theatre in it, etc. Most of my city pictures were taken in early 70's, as that is when I was taking photography at Amarillo College.
Thank you for the lovely (although tearful) memories of high school days. Boy do I remember dragging Polk street. Guys sitting by their cars and girls riding and waving. Oh for the 32 cent gas (with a glass or plate). Wish I was closer to see all of you. My memory fades of high school due to daily life events but when I see your presentation it all comes back. Thank you again.
-Barbara (Peach) Kelly
I graduated from Amarillo High in 1960. This website is wonderful. Wish I had held onto this many memories. Thanks so much. -Betty
>Aren't ya glad you put this all together!!! I know ALL OF US ARE!!!!!
Thanks for the memories. I remember the trips to Amarillo back in
the 60's when I was in High School and marching in the parades in
the fall on Polk street. Shopping at Fedways and riding the
escalators. All those pictures bring back sweet memories. Thanks
again. God Bless you
Absolutely fantastic. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Still miss Myer's Fried Chicked
Thanks for the beautiful memories of Amarillo . My family moved away in
1968 (Amarillo Air Base employed) and my memories have always been
frozen in that year.
Your Amarillo Graffiti is a rush of things I haven’t though of in 40
Thank you, thank you, thank you
Take a few minutes when you get a chance and take a stroll down memory
lane. I was at every place in this montage. So many memories. So many
wonderful memories. Page 2 takes a minute to load, but it is worth it. I
think I could tell you a story about every place.........every
To Candi, this is my core. This is the ME.
Daddy took us to the 'TODDLE HOUSE' on every Friday night visitation
before we went ice skating in 1959...............I graduated at the
'OLD' auditorium in 1966................Radney, Mike, Kathey, Karen and
I 'DRUG' Polk Street in 1960.....................I ate at the counter in
'WOOLWORTH' in 1958 and left my wallet on the ledge underneath the
counter. Someone turned it in!.............My best friend at Palo Duro
High School my senior year, Debbie Fisher, worked at the 'AIR BASE' in
the summer of 1966 and I picked her up there after I finished work at 'PANTEX'.
I always knew where to turn by those two towers. She's still my
friend.....................I took my first airplane ride to Chicago from
the old airport, 'ENGLISH FIELD' in 1962................I ate a million
hamburgers at 'TWINGS' and 'STANLEY'S' which are still located on my
thighs......................I saw my first 'ELVIS' movie at the
'PARAMOUNT' with Karen and Dee in 1960.........................You were
born in 1970 at the old 'NORTHWEST TEXAS HOSPITAL' delivered by my
childhood physician, Dr. John Archer whose office was across the street
from the hospital....................Mother (Micki) retired from 'ST.
ANTHONY'S' hospital in 1987...............Daddy (Forrest Ezzell) was
hospitalized in the Osteopathic Hospital in the '50's when his business,
LONESTAR TRAILER AND MANUFACTURING burned to the ground and Daddy
suffered smoke inhalation while rescuing a picture of Karen and
me........................Don (your Dad) made his first sign for the
'TOWNE CRIER' in 1969..........I could go on and on but I think I'll go
and just have a good cry thinking about what a wonderful life I've
. I’m a 1965 Tascosa graduate and you took me back to wonderful
memories, with lots of laughter and tears, Thank-you so much for a
little trip back to a wonderful time.
I remember walking from near Plains and Wolflin to Fedway to ride the
escalators when Fedway was first opened. We just had nothing to fear
back then. We were 12. Although I wasn’t raised in San Jacinto , my
Grandparents lived near Line Ave and Western. San Jacinto has a history
of it’s own. I remember the trio of Dairy Queen, A&W, and the
popcorn stand near 6th and Bellview. You left out the Rex Theatre where
I saw Tex Ritter on his horse live on stage. I could almost list every
business on 6th from Western to McMasters. Wow, movies and cartoons all
day for 20 cents at the Esquire, and of course the serial made you keep
coming back. Kid’s Incorporated provided inexpensive recreation under
the direction of Ralph Dykeman and Earl Smith. Of course who can forget
the fall football games at Dick Bivens Stadium (the concrete bowl),
where I spilled plenty of blood. I still have a little red 45 record
recorded for the class of ’65 Tascosa Rebels with highlights of the
year (would be glad to share it on this site). I have a picture from the
front page of the Globe News of my first grade class at Avondale under
Mrs. Gardner. It refers to the future success of the kids shown (wonder
how we did?). We had 7 Linda’s in that class. Keep adding to the
memories and thanks for the trip back to Amarillo of the past. I’ve
been gone since 1973, but everything seems like yesterday.
- Jim(Jimmy) Simmons
Tascosa High School , Class of ‘65
Thanks to whoever put this together. Brings back a lot of memories.
We no longer live in Amarillo, but it is a great place to live. Sure
do miss those cool evenings.
-David and Donna Day
This is a awesome site. I was online collecting things for a project
about Amarillo- to teach my kids about the town where their father and I
grew up- and came across this site!
Great job. I loved it so much I sent the link to some other old Amarillo
people- including my father, Rex Matney. The 60's were really more his
era and he will love seeing all these great places. They really are the
places we remember when we think about home.
-Thanks- Jeanne (Matney) Birkhead
I moved to Amarillo in1941 and left there in 1989 and I'M proud to be from Amarillo I remember these pitcures THANKS I also remember palo duro ice co.on west 6th.street wlere you pulled in and could get block ice or crushed . I went to MC.Kinley grade school on west 7th.st. then to E. nixon jr.hi. 14th.polk next to AHS then to AHS and the MARINE CORP in 1957 thanks again
-HARMON NELSON FORT WORTH TEXAS
Very nicely done, Ronn. The music was a nice touch too. Jeez, I feel old now. Hell, I AM old! Never thought I'd get old but I'll be darned if I'm not doing it. I'm turning into my dad.
What I wouldn't give for a dozen or so of those old cars shown on the streets of Amarillo in the 1960s. They'd be worth a small fortune. -- David
Yea baby, that's some good stuff. Lot of memories there. Got excited thinking they'd have a picture of the Twin drive-in screen on the e-way with our star on it but the picture is of the first screen before they replaced the neon, damn. Have never been able to find an ad or photo of our star. Also liked the story of draggin polk where they turned around at the Hi-Di-Ho that was across the street from us on Harrison. Have seen old newspaper ads where the Hi-Di-Ho was the original franchise seller of the Colonel's Chicken befire KFC had their own stores. Then later it was Grumpy's titty bar and Maggies gay bar then a lesbian Tejano bar and even a church before they finally tore it down and put it out of the neighborhood's misery. Would like to see an ad for the Colorado MIning Company that was at the apartments we tore down to make our garden on Harrison. When we were wrecking it out some guy came by and told us about the sunken dance floor that we found later over a basement I didn't even know was there and he said he'd gotten drunk "right here" lots of times.
Didn't know Amarillo Blvd was ever called John Glenn Blvd either, very cool.
-mike and susan oldham
What a trip down memory lane. Throughly enjoyed the site.
-John Bottoms Sr
Such a trip and such a life. I was born at the old St. Anthonys Hospital in 1930 and graduated from Amarillo High in 1947! My dad's office was in the Oliver-Eakle building (now Barfield I guess) on the 7th floor in the SE corner office and worked for Mutual Benefit Inxurance Co. so Polk St was a familiar sight to me.
Loved the pictures - thank you for your effort
My name is Leigh Ann. My mom and Dad have always told us about how it used to be. There are some things I remember on here but not much. My Dad attended the First Amarillo High and My Mom worked at Furr Foods. Thanks for showing all of that stuff. Now I Know what all the things they talk about looked like.
One building built in 1918 is not in your group The building on the south east corner of 9th & Polk.
I know this has been stated previously but WOW does this bring back memories.
BRAVO!!!!!!!! What a trip down memory lane!! It is such a great thing that these images have been preserved. Whomever is responsible should be praised to the highest.
Thanks so much.
Morgan Stanley | Operations
522 Fifth Avenue, 22nd Floor | New York, NY 10036
That was great! My two older sisters dragged Polk all the time. They said when their friends got married the husband's would push the bride down Polk street in a wheel barrel. I loved the fact that a couple of our movie theaters had balconies.
Thanks so much for the walk down memory lane. I think the friendly outgoing people in Amarillo are still one of our greatest attractions.
My friends brother George Tiffany played football for Bum Phillips when he coached at AHS downtown.
--Jim Priest Tascosa "78"
What an amazing site, you have done an outstanding job, thanks so
much! I married my wife Mary there 41 years ago when I was stationed at
the Air Force Base. We have all sorts of Amarillo memorabilia and look
through it often. Thanks again for all your work bringing back the
I lived in Amarillo from '46 to '54 when I graduated from AHS and moved
away. I now live in North Tonawanda, NY and loved looking at the
pictures. My mom worked at Blackburn's and I met my husband at
Walgreen's. Great memories. While I knew there had been a fire at AHS it
was still open for awhile, but on a visit to see mom and pop who moved
back there in '70's, I drove over to see the old school and imagine my
shock as I rounded the corner and saw a vacant lot! I didn't know it had
come down. However, I still see it in a way as the old high school in
Tonawanda (next town over the Erie Canal) must have used the same
building plan. It's now an apartment building, but it look just like
AHS. Thanks for the great pictures!
-Joyce Johnson Morris, class of 1954
That is really great and brings back so many memories. I was born in Amarillo in 1949, went to Tascosa High and graduated in 1968. I have many old family pictures of Amarillo if you are needing more. My Grandfather owned the Blackstone Coffee Shop downtown until his death in 1953. I live in Atlanta, Ga. now, but four generations of our family is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery. Again, great job!!!
-Dennis M Stotts
-Janie Henley, PDHS Class of '59
I loved the food in downtown Amarillo. I especially remember the Silver
Grill Cafeteria, Batson's
I loved the food in downtown Amarillo. I especially remember the Silver
Grill Cafeteria, Batson's Dining Room, The Black Gold Restaurant, and
Sutphen's Bar B Que. I ate at the Coronado Inn, The Crossroads Inn, and
the Fountain Inn Coffee Shop. The Downtowner Hotel had a nice restaurant
for a while. I'm sure the Herring and Capitol Hotels had eateries
inside. There was a great little diner at 4th and Fillmore. I had some
lite lunches on the mezzanine at Blackburn Brothers Department Store. I
remember the big red neon signs (CHOP SUEY) in the windows of the Canton
Cafe at 5th and Taylor. For fries and a burger I drove my car up to The
Nucastle, The Hi-De-Ho, Phariss' Dairy Queen, The Double Dip, and The
Headquarters Drive Ins. I ate many great sandwiches at The Pig Hip Drive
In at 5th and Pierce. There was a great ice cream/malt shop across the
street from Amarillo High on South Polk. Occasionally I even had some
food at the all night diners in the Bus Depots (there were 2 you know).
They served a good chicken-fried steak at a little cafe on 4th St. just
west of the Santa Fe Train Depot. The ham sandwiches at Walgreen's (8th
and Polk) were excellent and just down the block the fried chicken at
Woolworth's Lunch Counter went great with a big ole Dr. Pepper. I
believe there was a lunch counter at the Kress Store in the early 60s. A
bunch of little bar and grills were tucked along the side streets. There
was a Pizza Hut on 16th just a block or so from Embers Fine Dining. West
of downtown on 10th was a Toddle House and west on 3rd was Elmo's Drive
In. There was also a Toddle House up on Route 66 where dozens of other
fine restaurants lined the boulevard. I especially remember Rices Dining
Salon and Neal's Steakhouse. Underwood's Bar B Que was west of St,
Anthony's Hospital and Farrell Manor Restaurant was on the east side.
And I won't forget Bob Dowell's Cafe along there somewhere. All these
places were in business and thriving long before McDonalds and all the
taco joints showed up. It was a grand time that I remember so well. But
I guess they're all gone now. Thanks for all the pictures and memories
of the '60s.
-L. Thomas Sharp, Boise Idaho
thank you--we had the best (girls, music & cars) era and so fun. i graduated in 1961 at tascosa--this brings memories--
My son sent me this. I don't know who sent it to him, but I must say I throughly enjoyed it. I'm 69, soon to be 70 so that really took me on a trip to the past when we move here from Del Rio, Texas in 1965. We were supposed to be here for 10 years but are still here. Kids, grandkids and we all love Amarillo. Thanks to whoever put this together.
Great memories. Grew up in Amarillo and went to James Bowie Jr. High.
-JoAnn Raleigh Maddux
Just wanted you to know that the "Myers Fried Chicken" restaurant is still intact at the old Gene Messer Ford place on Georgia, someone is putting a new carlot there and they tore down some of the walls on the inside and found the Restaurant pretty much still intact.
Hope it helps.
Thank you for the wonderful trip down memory lane. My husband was born and raised in Amarillo (1943) until we moved in1971. I lived there from 1950 until we moved in 71'. He went to Tascosa and I went to Amarillo High. Have many memories of dragging Polk Street. Thanks again.
Thanks for putting this together. It really brings back memories and strong feelings about growing up in Big A. Dear Amarillo ! May it always thrive.
-Terry Gay Puckett, San Antonio , Texas
Where are the pictures of the old zinc smelter? Are ther any pictures of its dismantling?I would have loved to have seen it destroyed!
-Thanks Don---Ps I lived in Amarillo until 1967 Good memories/some regrets.
did I miss it???? Didn't see the Silver Grill or Jenkins Music Co. This was fun!!!!!
This is betteer than GREAT AND WONDERFUL. Accolades to whomever compiled this. You have done a great service to preserving history.
- Robert Forrester, Amarillo, TX
I was born in Northwest Texas Hospital and grew up on North East 19th
Hill, started school at Forest Hills Elementary in Miss Steverson’s
Second grade class was moved to the NEW Whittier Elementary. My teacher
was the same as in the 1st grade, but her name was now Mrs. Denman.
Junior High School was new when I entered the 7th grade. We could look
the North windows at Travis and see the smoke from the city dump on NE
when the trash was being burned. I Graduated from Palo Duro in 1964. I
a part time evening job as a janitor at KIXZ Radio when they were
the main floor of the old Pioneer Hotel, between Polk and Tyler streets.
KIXZ had a “Showroom Control Room” that had a view of Polk Street.
evening, song requests to the DJ’s were made by slipping a written
between the plate glass window and the air conditioner in the alley. Bob
Davis was the most popular DJ who ran the “B.O. Show”. I bought my
“Transistor Radio” at the Go-Low Record Store and my first “HiFi”
player at Fedway. Mr. Ralph Henry, program manager at KFDA radio gave me
first HiFi album; it was by Wanda Jackson. Later I worked as a
at Colbert’s on Polk Street. Sometimes, John B. and Wink C. and I
out of church during the Sunday sermon to sneak across the street to the
“Double Dip” for a delicious double dip ice cream cone.
Also, the fourth picture of the series on the Pioneer Natural Gas
(date shown is 1960) is NOT of that building; the building pictured is
the wrong side of Polk to be Pioneer Natural Gas! It is most likely that
is the building across Polk from the Downtowner Motel and catty-cornered
from the old Amarillo National Bank.
Thanks for the rush of great ole memories of my “Home Town” this
Wonderful!! Thank you for reminding me how very lucky I was to have
grown up in this innocent time. I love the songs, but I wish there could
have been more music.
Thank you for all your time and effort to make something so touching to
I absolutely loved “sights & memories” of Amarillo …!!! I
am a 1967 grad of Tascosa High School …attended David Crockett Jr.
Thanks to whoever did this. There was not, however, a picture of
My old (from 1953 - 55) girlfriend (Arrelene Watson)'s sister (Jackie) just sent me the link to Amarillo Graffiti... What a great trip it was to see the town!
I was surprised that there were no pictures of the old Cretney Drug Store at 6th and Polk ("The Cretney Corner") which was, of course, where Highway 66 crossed Polk Street. There was a radio program, I think called "The Man On The Corner", broadcast from The Cretney Corner, and he would ask questions of the people passing by. The ceiling above the soda fountain of Cretney's looked like long white fur, because the kids would stick their chewing gum on one end of the paper wrapper for soda straws, and then blow through the straw on the other end, blowing the wrapper up like a dart for the gum to stick to the ceiling, leaving the paper hanging down.
And I well remember riding the McMaster's bus from home to the Cretney Corner, then walking to the old Amarillo High School, and how the wind whipped around the Santa Fe building. Seems like it would almost make my skin-tight Levi's flap in the wind!
I appreciated the photo of the old Post Office, which contained our military recruiting offices, and where I joined the Marine Corps in 1953, the photo (below) of Ruth's Steak House, where my parents took me for my going-away dinner as I left for boot camp, and the photo of the Greyhound station where I took the bus the next morning, headed for my new life as a Marine recruit, soon to be on my way to Korea.
Like Bob Hope always said, "Thanks for the memories"! And God bless,
AHS Class of 1952
Thanks for the photos. There are a lot of great memories from
Amarillo . I attended Austin Junior High the first year it was opened. I
now understand they are thinking about retiring it because it is out
dated, mmmmmmmmm, that really makes me feel old, but not that old.
-Burt in the Bahamas
This is great ! I was born & raised in Amarillo. Brings back lots of memories
I loved looking at all the pictures. Been born in 1960, I remember living just up the road from the Texaco refinery, my dad owned the Texaco station on the corner of 3rd and Grand. He also had another station, but forgot where it was located. I remember hearing the sonic booms as the fighter jets flew over head, and walking down Polk street shopping with my mom. Also, my Grandparents sold their home on Mirror St. for the stretch of I-40 to run through town. I have a picture of the parade of Airmen, my mom had it, as well as my great uncle Cliff Moseley has a copy, he was stationed here at Amarillo Air Base. I tarveled all over this planet, in the military, but came back home.
Thanks for the memories.
From 1962 to 1973 Amarillo was my town, I was young, and I had the run of the town.
I was a young actor, and my agent Jenny Jennie introduced me to a man called Bob Lee, that had a restrant on old 66. To make a long story short, I helped him build one of the most successful business in Texas, called The Big Texan Steak Ranch. That was one of the best times that I have had, along with going to the Pasadena Playhouse in California.
I really appreciate the pictures of Amarillo, it really does bring back memories, but some sad ones as well.
I would like to see my home town relive the past even though I havent lived there sense 1974.
Somethimes, I wish I was the city manager, and I would bring back the grandjure of this wonderfull town, and bring it to the stature that it should be!
I miss Stanley’s and the golf course off Bell.
Best email attachment I've ever received! PLEASE COMPILE THESE PHOTOS IN A HARDBOUND BOOK. You'd sell tons of them.
-Pam (Thomas) Hansen
Tascosa Class of '69
Loved looking at all the old times, but what got to me most was the
picture of the 1st IBM computer installed at Amarillo College. The man
in the picture is my uncle Jimmy Stover.
This is amazing! It's so much fun reliving all these memories you have put together. My husband and I and his family ran Go Low Records, so we were very honored to be included in this!! Did Bill Woods have anything to do with putting this together?? He was a great customer at Go Low and we could see him doing something like this. Thanks for all the time and effort spent on making this wonderful keepsake.
Who is responsible for this wonderful memory? My parents owned the Jolly Jung, pictured in the fast food grouping!
It was really cool to see my youth and yours. Can’t tell you how
much I enjoyed it.
-Leroy Bolt Class of ’68 Sandies
This is awesome! I grew up in the metropolis of Hartley, and going to
Amarillo was a very special trip in those days! I remember thinking
downtown was a wonderland, but especially Kress, Woolworth’s, and T G
& Y. I still remember the smell when you went in those places! And
eating at Myer’s Fried Chicken—I loved that yellow gravy! Great
photos, looking forward to the updates!
Thanks very much for the trip. You have gone to a lot of trouble to do this.
Thanks for the memories!
-Janie Henley, PDHS ,59
Thanks for the wonderful memories. This site will help keep my memories of living in Amarillo in 1959 and again in 1966-1969 fresh in my mind.
You have done a great job covering every interest and I look forward to returning to the site frequently to see what's new.
The music is appropriate...I love Bette Midler's version.
-Doris Hurd (Topeka, Kansas)
Loved all the pictures. Gosh, I'd even forgotten some of those places. Wonderful to be reminded.
Someone surely put a lot of work into this site. Thanks! I hope lots of old Amarillo people get to view this.
(Where are the parks? We necked at Oliver Echo; listened to free concerts at Ellwood; ate cotton candy at Wonderland; danced at Sam Houston and went down Devil's Slide in Palo Duro...hopefully, without breaking anything.)
Don't know how old you are, but I'll bet we're about the same age. Tascosa grad of '64, I loved this site and will pass it along.
Thanks for the memories.
-Jodie Snyder Nimmo
Many thanks for my trip down memory lane.
-Verlin Teague, Age 66
Thank you for the stroll down memory lane. I hail from Dumas so a trip to Amarillo was big time stuff. I had forgotten so much such as the Weather Tower! Loved seeing White and Kirk, Blackburn's, Silver Grill and all those good places! Thanks.
-Betty Johnston Blair
Did so enjoy this. It brought back so many memories. I lived and
worked in Amarillo for three years in the mid fifties . following
college graduation. Several years later moved back to Amarillo where my
husband worked for Shamrock and we raised our family. It was a wonderful
town...for both you and old. Thank you for presenting this...
-jane rutherford mccane
Sir, I have just had an enjoyable 2 hours looking at pictures on
Amarillo Grafitti. My husband is 76 and was born in Kerrick, tx 100
miles north of AMarillo. He has lived in Kerrick his entire life going
to school in Stratford and W T. We saw so many photos we reconized like
Evalenas Hide away, where we ate our first Pizza. Before we married 55
yrs ago we went to the Avalon Ballroom dancing. Certainly a great trip
thru the past. Thank you for providing this site for the public.
Thank you for a great look back. I came here in Sep 61. USAF. I stayed here until Sep 68 when the base began closure proceedings. I returned in July 69 and have been here ever since.
Note: Re: KIXZ on page 2. Rick West did his "East of Midnight" gig between midnight and 6am. His real name was Richard Centner and was in the AF Reserve. He retired as a Major.
Amarillo AFB in 1966/1967 had a total population of just over 22,000 personnel. This included permanent party, students, civilian workers, and contract workers. The biggest increase was due to an outbreak of meningitis at Lackland AFB, TX, the only basic training facility in the AF. A basic training facility was hurriedly built at Amarillo AFB.
-Ron & JaNet Lindsey
Fabulous memories. I left Amarillo in 1957, but there are enough early memories here to put a lump in my throat.
-Linda Jonas Walton
new photos - this site is just extraordinary. Thanks so very much for your efforts.
Morgan Stanley | Operations
This is a great thing. My family all are from Amarillo . I don’t
live there anymore but will always consider it my hometown. Also, my
great granddaddy owned two of the theaters that are in this wonderful
piece. The State and the Victory theaters. Thanks for this.
-Tina Freeman Waco , TX
You missed J.D. Souther in the music area. He is from Amarillo . Graduated from Tascosa High School and is in their Hall of Fame. If you need info, let me know.
He wrote and worked with the Eagles and he and Linda Rhonstadt were best of pals and he wrote music for her.
-Patti (Nuss) Oates
Graduated Tascosa High School in 1963.
I was born in Friona, TX, but raised in Amarillo. How awesome to see
these old pictures. I have never forgotten Amarillo and never lost the
longing to move back, although I never had the chance to. I certainly
remember downtown...what a wonderful place! We lived in the 1600 Block
of S. Hughes Street and I would walk or ride the bus downtown almost
every weekend...and by myself. I was only in grade school (Wolflin
Elementary), but I was never worried, neither were my parents. Amarillo
was a safe place then. My first concert was at the old Civic Autotorium
where I saw Brenda Lee. I went alone...yep still in grade school, and
had no problems. Thank you so much for the memories!
Nikki Lynne (Dudley) Little
Re: J D Souther
Ronn, I graduated from Tascosa in 1963 and he was a year behind me so he would have graduated in 1964.
He has 2 sisters sitll living in Amarillo. Susan Burt. She is married to Mike Burt. Both Susan and Mike have been in the music field for years. And, his other sister is Shari Smeaton married to Tony.
You did a great job. I so enjoyed the pictures and it brought back so many memories of these years.
Music was in J D Souther's bones from the day he was born. His grandmother was an opera singer. His dad sang also and ended up during WWII singing at USO's around the country and he met J Ds mother in Wichita Falls, Texas. My mother, Bea King Nuss, her sister, Mae King Hatch, and Loty Finley Souther (J Ds mother), moved to Wichita Falls during WWII and roomed together. My mother also met my father there and they were married. Daddy sold pianos and organs for Tolzien Music until he retired. And the circle continues around. Since Mike Burt quit teaching band, he is now working at Tolziens. (I suppose it's still called Tolzien's.)
Is Jimmy Gilmer still alive. I used to be a go go dancer part time for him when he was singing in clubs around Ama. We lived at the same apartment complex on Western.
Enjoy, and if I find any trivia that you might want on your site, I'll scan and e-mail to you.
Also, Susan Burt wrote a children's musical and it is published. You might get a copy of that and put it up.
-Patti K. Oates
I love this site!!! I was born in the Osteopathic Hospital in 1946 and lived there off and on until 1964. I met my husband at the Hi D Ho and was hoping to see a picture of the drive in and of Smitty's, too!
Smitty's had the best hamburger basket!! Are there any pictures of those two places?
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE PICTURES!!
I have several pics of downtown buildings from the mid to late 60’s,
including the (I can’t recall what building it was) tallest building
in town where Marsh had his office on top of the 27 stories….or was it
AHS Alumni Class of 1970
Odessa, Tx these days
ran across this web page sure brought back memories thanks very good
This is a absolute fantastic web site a collection of old Amarillo photos. My family moved to Amarillo in the med '60's and we all graduated from Tascosa High School.
One landmark I don't see a picture of is the old Texas Moon Palace dance bar, it was just over the track at Georgia and Planes street.
In the late '70 and early '80 it was the place to go boot scoot'n and listen to great live music.
It would be great to find out if the Clyde Log band still played or if they ever made the infamous live record they claimed to be recording.
Thanks again for maintaining a great Amarillo web page.
-Regards, Mitch Wright
I'm not even from here,….. a transplant,…….. but I loved
-Sincerely ,Lynette J. Carter
Thanks for the memories!!!
I loved this email...It brought back so many memories. I graduated from Palo Duro in 1969....It was wonderful...
thanks........to whomever put it together.....Donna Beer (Cantrell)
I really enjoyed this, I live in Amarillo during most of the pictures, Great Job
Lone Star Custom Builders
i truly enjoyed the picture gallery, can you tell if anyone in amarillo knows about the pig hip sandwichI truly loved them when I was a young girl, and my daddy loved them too, would like to truly like to have one of them sandwich.
I was born and raised in Amarillo. My parents met and dated there in the 60s. Growing up, they would always point out different places and have fun stories of when they were dating or first married. Loved the tour! Thank you,
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your pages of historic photos and postcards. I've posted a link to them on my blog -- so many things you show were here in Tulsa during that same era.
-Michael D. Bates
I have been looking at your website and love the pictures but I am
wondering if anyone can help me with my project. I am trying to find out
what the building at 1015 S. Polk was when it was first built in 1926
– 1927. From 1949 until a couple of years ago, it had been
Cathey-Fullingim Hardware. Any information or photos of this building
would be greatly appreciated!
-Connie L. Hawkins
Wow, what a wonderful job of the history of Amarillo and items we
grew up with.. Thank you for the trip back down Route 66, Drive in
movies The Cozy dog and all..
It's a great site. Sent it to all my relatives that used to live here (& everyone else, of course)....brought back lots of memories. My dad worked at the Smelter for several years. And then the picture of the parade, Lawanda thinks Mama & Daddy are in it. I think it's them, too (& possibly Mike) but it's very hard to tell. The Borden plant, Mama & Daddy drove us to see the lights every Christmas when we were kids. And we thought it was BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the memories.....
I somehow stumbled across your website and took a stroll down memory
lane. THANKS! I can still hear the water splashing in the fountains
inside Western Plaza.
I don’t know how many dances I went to with Z93 in that glaring white
DJ booth but I really enjoyed this quick trip. Thanks for posting all
those great photos!
WKYT - KY99 DJ back in the days!
Re the Amarillo Air Force Base photo at the beginning of page 2. I believe I am the guard
to the right of the building. I think this photo became a postcard.
-William J. Thomas USAF retired
What a great website! I was born in Amarillo at NW Hospital in 1954. My parents both graduated from AHS ( 1947 & 1949). Although I grew up in Plainview and graduatd there in 1972, I spent many weekends with relatives in Amarillo. I remember things like Kids Inc, Jim Lake, San Jacinto Methodist Church. etc. These photos really take me back to a wonderful childhood.
-Dan Keffer, The Woodlands, TX
Thank you - This brought back many memories.
Thanks for the graffiti pages. It brought back so many memories of things I have not seen or thought of in decades.
amarillo resident 1959 to 1976
Truly need you assistance. Have been searching for years for
information about two friends. May I start with one. Mary White - she
graduated from Tascosa HS in 1965 or 66. If you have any e-mail
addresses of any Rebels who graduated those years - please share a means
in which I can get a hold of them. I need to find Mary.
-John Pat Bourassa
Physical Education Dept.
Totem Golf Coach & Assistant Athletic Director
N.C.A.A. Div. I National Championship Official
Sammamish High School
Your collection of photographs was forwarded to me by my brother.
I spent most of my childhood in Amarillo, graduated from Amarillo High in 1955 and Amarillo College in 1957.
Even though most of the photos were after I left, the scenes remained the same in my memory. Thanks for sharing the very nostalgic return to the past..
I enjoyed all your pix of Amarillo. I just found a map of the air
base that was given to me when I arrived for my basic training Sept 24,
1966 to Nov 9, 1966. I was in Flight # 380. Squardron 3333 BMTS. I never
made it to town and 2005 I rode my cycle through, but didn't stop. I
wish I had, but had to be back in Virginia to return to work. I retired
that same year, in November, from Verizon, as a telephone cable splicer,
which I became at Chanute AFB, Rantoul ILL. I'll get back to Amarillo
one day. Chanute AFB is gone , but some buildings remain and there's a
nice museum in several hangers there. My oldest son was born there in
I recall an establishment named the "Lotta Burger" located
near Polk and the old N.E. 8th. had just reported for duty at Amarillo
Air Force Base after returning from a 3 year tour of duty in Europe and
was impressed by the size of their hamburgers for only 30 cents. It was
hugh. One really had to be hungry to eat the entire burger. I really
like your web site. It brings back a lot of memories. For some reason,
the appearance of your new downtown area is depressing. I liked it
better the old way, but that's probably the price one pays for growing
I also recall a place on NE 8th that served a hamburger called the
"Plutocrat." It was the size of a dinner plate and cost 75
cents. I'm not positive but I think the name of the place was the
I guess it took some time before Amarillo recovered from the lost of
revenue due to the base closure. I remember the day when the Chief of
Staff of the Air Force visited Amarillo to announce that the Base was
now a permanent facility. We paraded down Polk Street that day.
When I arrived at the base in October 1951, the barracks and the 13 mess
halls were brand new. They were built be a contractor by the name of Del
Webb. He was part owned of the NY Yankees at one time. Each barrack cost
$88,000 and they had to call the contractor back to install fire escapes
at both ends of them. They also had to tear the sides out of each of the
brand new mess halls in order to install the boilers that were to heat a
given amount of barracks. The space they left for them was too small.
Guess someone forgot to read the blueprints.
I remember in 1946 on the East coast when TV first arrived. Stores that
sold the sets displayed them in their windows and installed speakers
outside on the street. People gathered around and watched. Later, when
people began purchasing them, some of them held TV parties at their
homes and invited their friends. I enlisted in the Air Force in April
1948 and shipped out to Germany that September. My parents didn't have a
TV set at the time, but when I returned in September 1951 they had a
Zenith 17" that was their pride and joy. For about 15 days I got to
watch some before reporting to Amarillo AFB early in October 1951. No TV
in Amarillo at that time. It was 1953 before TV came to Amarillo. There
wasn't any Pizza either. When I left Amarillo in March of 1955, there
still wasn't any Pizza. I'll bet you have a Pizza joint on nearly every
corner now. I wish that Cowboy Steak House would have been there during
my time. I couldn't eat the whole thing now but I'll bet I could have
put a good dent in it back then.
Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into this
presentation. I was born in Amarillo 75 years ago and I am thankful I am
still here. I remember nearly all of this and it has brought back very
good memories such the Double Dip, the old Amarillo High School (from
which I graduated in 1953), White & Kirk, Colberts, the Hollywood,
the Paramount and State theaters. I have a picture of my mom, my sister
and me walking down Polk Street. A street photographer took the picture
and presented it to us. I miss the old Polk Street. My husband came here
with the Air Force and the presentation of the Amarillo Air Base was
excellent, too. The one thing that would have added the final touch for
me would have been something about all the wonderful old churches, First
Baptist, Polk Street Methodist, and First Presbyterian, or any of the
churches. Thanks for the memories.
-Lera Hudson Boyd
I was blown away by the site. My Uncle owned Tower of Pizza where I
went every afternoon after school to wash dishes.....lol. nI lived in
Amarillo from 65-68 on North Highland Street. I lost touch with my Uncle
some years ago and have been trying to find out anything I can about him
and the pizza place.He was a very sweet man.If you know anything I would
be so grateful to know.Thank you
After seeing and reading about all of the wonderful Amarillo memories my
brain started bringing back all kinds of things.My Dad worked at
Amarillo AFB and my Mom at Varityper,we lived at 1719 N Highland Street
but I can not remember the name of my elementary school in 65-68.My
Uncle Sam Eveleno owned Tower of Pizza and Eveleno's Hide away where I
spent countless hours and loved his cooking!!!I remember my Grandmother
taking me to see movies at the State Theatre after a lunch at
Woolworth's.I am 51 now and it all seems like yesterday.God bless you
for taking the time and love to bring this site to everyone who
cherishes the great Amarillo memories.
Thanks so much for your effort in putting this together. I lived in
Amarillo from about 1937 to 1951 when I joined the Air Force. I
graduated from Amarillo High in 1950. Have not lived in Amarillo since
1951 but we go back about once a year to visit my sisters. I was lucky
enough to take my Air Force technical training at West Texas State
University in Canyon so I went into Amarillo every weekend. I met my
wife on one of those visits and later proposed to her on Lover's Lane
North of Amarillo. We have been married now for 58 years. Some of my
fondest memories come from the Pig Hip (Tell Prettyouma she can still
get the pig hip sandwich at the Blue Front Cafe, I believe on 6th
street) and the Double Dip drive-in. Every time we visit we go to the
Blue Front Cafe for a pig hip sandwich. Some one mentioned Jim Lake. My
parents would not let us swim there because of the polio scare. I
remember the steep hill on Jim Lake Road. If you floorboarded the
accelerator at the top of the hill, you get up to 55mph by the time you
hit the bottom. Spent a couple of hours viewing your pics and reading
the comments. Have been living in Austin for 42 years but I still love
Thank you so much for all the information on Amarillo my old home.
It's hard to believe the once thriving Polk St is a quiet vacant sector
as many down towns are now a days with all the suburban malls and strip
malls.I remember the gated entry way at Eveleno's Hide Away as well!
Geez I guess I would be pretty shook up to see things now with all of
the changes.But the memories are wonderful and such a big part of our
lives.It's great what you are doing with the site.I also have some
pictures of inside the Tower of Pizza with my folks and the owner and my
Uncle Sam Eveleno which I will try to find and scan them for the
site.The great thing about Uncle Sam's cooking was it was genuine East
Coast Italian fare which as you can guess was a rarity in any part of
Texas in those days.Sam was stationed at Amarillo AFB..
I had a fabulous conversation with Sam Eveleno yesterday.He is 78 years
old living in Long Island, NY with his wife Emma and daughter Lisa. Sam
told me that the closing of Amarillo AFB was the death of his
businesses,he hung on until 1970 but at that point a lot of local
businesses were going under. It was bittersweet for him but after I told
him people were still talking about Tower of Pizza and Eveleno's Hide a
way he was thrilled.Before he left Amarillo for NY he was involved also
in managing the kitchen at the country club but the oil guys were always
fighting over everything so he left.Anyways I am going to give him the
site address as his daughter has a computer he was pretty excited to
hear from me so I imagine the site will bring back good memories for
-Your friend-Mike Pontarelli (former Amarillian)
Thank you for the walk down memory lane. My husband and I graduated
from AHS in 1954. We treasure the friendships that were made in Amarillo
and will always consider it our home of the heart. Amarillo is where
people learned the meaning of being True Texans.
-Linda Jonas Walton
VERY GOOD!! NILA
What a beautiful piece of music accompanies this page. How can I get
I dont see Cal Farleys one stop service station on this. That is
where the Sons of the west band played western songs and also studdern
sam was there.
FANTASTIC. WHO ARE YOU? FANTASTIC GEORGE MORRIS
I loved this . . . so many wonderful memories. Thank you!
FYI: J. D. Souther played with a band, The Cinders,” before he and
I went to California in 1967. The band was well-known and had a record
that was No.! in Amarillo and Lubbock for about a month in early 1965.
The attachment is a 45 rpm record sleeve of the song. Souther is on the
left, Charlie Bates (me) in the middle, and Steve Dodge on the right. I
hope this photo might be useful.
I grew up in the 1960s and the Cinders during that time, and in the
1970s and played in a duo with Gary Roller (bass), who had been playing
with Alvin Crow and joined Michael Martin Murphey after we’d had the
duo for about three years. I really enjoyed viewing the Amarillo of my
past, and you’ve done a great job of assembling a lot of photos and
materials. It was a real pleasure to view.
- Charlie Bates
I'm MAD!! I SPENT 1/2 MY LIFE ON POLK.
1/2 MY LIFE AT THE DIVE DRIVES. NOT ONE PICTURE OF ANYBODY I KNOW. DON'T
FORGET SMITTY'S ON W. 6TH.
SUPER PHOTOS AND GREAT MEMORIES OF OUR YOUTH IN A WONDERFUL PLACE AT A
-PAUL & SHARON STRADLEY THS '62
Thanks so much for that collection of old photos. I spent 9 years in
Amarillo graduating from Tascosa in 1969. I then moved away and only
visit about once every 10 years. You brought back some great memories of
a City I loved as I grew up. My dad was in the Air Force, retiring in
1968. We moved to California, and I now live in Tennessee.
I'm 63 and this is a great site! Thank you!! One theater, still
standing as the oldest standing theater building in Amarillo, at 317 E.
4th, just west of the public library. A photo needs to be found and
hopefully the city will encourage it's restoration. It operated from
1921 until about 1951 and was the only integrated theater in Amarillo
during that period.
-Keith Jones Recovering Attorney Amarillo, Texas
Terrific pictures, that brought back many memories of dragging Polk!
Pity that you have no pictures of Amarillo Little Theatre, and its
founder Oma Link Rowley.
Thank you for putting this history together.
-Sean E. Greene
That was so cool to remember those days. I had forgotten so many of
those places I was still a little young for part of it but did go with
my parents to most of them. Thank you for putting that together.
-Rita J. Mitchell
Loved everything you presented.
The Humble sign shown as you head south from downtown belonged to my
dad, Ray Kinard.
Thanks, I really enjoyed revisiting Amarillo in the ‘60’s! I was
a teenager then and this really brought back lots of good memories.
-Kelly and Linda Preston
I would think that someone would have put a picture of the
"Barrel" hamburger drive inn on Georgia st
Thanks for the Memories!!
I'm 58 yrs. old and although I never lived in Amarillo, being raised in
Dimmitt and Tulia, I visited Amarillo frequently my entire life. Great
memories & Great website!!
Don't we long for the "good ol' days"!!
I left Amarillo in 1974 and moved to Dallas. Wesley Hardin forward
this to me today. I smiled, I laughed and I cried and cried and cried
some more. What a wonderful trip down memory lane. I did not know I felt
this way about Amarillo. Thankis for the memories.
-Sherrian Fuson - Class 1965
An intimate visit to my childhood….thanks for these memories. I
visit Amarillo several times a year to see my family. I hadn’t
realized how much was gone. Thank you for the connection. Loved it!
-Ricky Michael Pass – Canyon High School Graduate/ 1966
You have an amazing collection of pictures of Amarillo on your sight.
I grew up in Amarillo, graduated AHS in 1974, moved to Houston in the
early 90's. A lot of the pictures you have on your site are scans of
postcards that my dad's company made. Baxter Lane Co. that was at first
on NE 3rd street, then moved to behind the old Amarillo High and later
was on North Polk at 3rd street. Great stuff and it brings back so many
I worked in Amarillo as a paramedic for years and now I'm working in
Egypt, of all places, as a safety manager. We just never know how life
will turn out.
Keep up the great work, loved the site.
-Randal (Randy) Lane
For what it's worth, I have the sign that's pictured of stanleys.
Used to be lighted, but the bulbs broke. It's on a small pole and the
sign is about 18inches or so by 12inches or so.
The pictures were great I even seen some of my friends names on top
of M Wards building. My High School hospital were my children were born
and so many memories.
Dragging Polk was a thing to do in the fifties also.
Also saw several of the buildings my Family took part in building. (John
and Bill Goetz and Wallace and Doug Stone.
Thanks for sharing,
American Dream Realtors
Runaway Bay, Tx
The clips are a great piece of Amarillo history, shown by pictures.
Having frequented Amarillo since 1945, looking at them brings back the
I’ve really enjoyed your Web site and photos that I stumbled upon,
this evening. I’ve always loved photography, because it’s like
freezing time, forever, and then later it can be revisited. The
historical notes were quite interesting, too. I would like to have seen
some more photos of the Amarillo Air Force Base, and the advertisements
were also cool.
Thank you so much!
-Rick Allison, Realtor, Founder and President
Great Site, Inc.
Thanks for the memories. I've wondered about alot of the places and
this has helped. I graduated from PDS in 1957 and left Amarillo in 1959.
I've been back for several class reunions and to visit kinfolks, but it
is always great to see pictures, you almost expect to see yourself
somewhere in them. Thanks again.
-Annie Jean Robertson Hunt
I WAS STATIONED AT AMARILLO AFB FROM MAR '60 THRU MAR '68, SO
CRUISING THRU YOUR ELABORATE TOUR THRU THOSE YEARS WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL
YOU MISSED A VERY IMPORTANT EVENT IN THE LATE 60'S WHEN THE ONE AND ONLY
ELVIS PRESLEY MADE A BRIEF STOPOVER IN AMARILLO > HE STILL HAD THE
VOICE, BUT THE DRUGS HAD MADE THEIR MARK > HE WAS ALMOST
UNRECOGNIZEABLE - A BLOATED SHADOW OF THE OL' SEXPOT, AND IT WAS SOON
AFTER THAT THE DRUGS FINALLY DID HIM IN > REALLY WISHED I HADN'T SEEN
HIM, BUT THEN---
BY THE WAY, I WAS A BACHELOR THE WHOLE TIME, AND THE COUNTY LINE RAN
N&S NEAR POLK ST, SO IT TOOK A WHILE TO FIND AN APPROPRIATE HANGOUT
W/A DATE >>
-H. "MAC" McLEAN
I have to say this was absolutely beautiful. I am from Amarillo &
I have been to nearly every one of the places in this video. This was
such a wonderful trail of memories. Thanks for doing such a wonderful
job on portraying, “the then” Amarillo.
-Reesie Simpson Petree
What was the name of the Motel that opened in 1967 on Grand –I-40
by Grand Bowl? It housed the DINNER THEATER for awhile. I can’t
remember the name. I did go to the DINNER THEATER several times. Can
-Haroldlena Robertson, RN
That was the Villa Inn. It had a 24 hour
restaurant and an indoor pool surrounded by real banana trees. Country
Squire Dinner Theater opened in what had originally been built as a
convention center on the west side in 1979. The hotel and all the other
buildings in the area, including the Grand Bowl, were demolished to make
way for the Grand Street Super Walmart in 1993.
-The Boys Downtown
I came to Amarillo with the air force in 1952, stayed there till 1967
when we moved to Tulsa.
Worked at the old downtown post office 1955-1967 also part time at KIXZ
radio as a Broadcast Engineer, also did a little air work on weekends
east of midnight show as John Roberts
Friends and I use to drag Polk all the time and do remember the old
Cretney drug store and good icecream sodas.
Living in Missouri now but still get back to Amarillo about every other
Like most downtown area's Polk street isn't the same, still have a few
friends in the Amarillo area.
Does anyone remember Gary Mac or Chuck Dann at KIXZ, they went on to big
times in radio..Chuck Dann is no longer with us.
To whom it may concern;
Last week I was shown the website with the old photos. Brought back many
memories of growing up in Amarillo, not to mention the dances I attended
as a teenager in the '70's. I saw a photo of an old amachron dance dj
Rick Ortega. Reminded me I hadn't seen or talked to him for a few
Ironically, he was passing through Amarillo this weekend and passed away
from a heart attack at a local motel. God bless and take his soul to
Luis R Hernandez
Caprock class of '78
Remember Amarillo well. I was stationed there in early 1963, going
thru the aircraft maintenance school at the base.
I do have memories of the wild times I and others had on our
"weekend passes" to town when the weather approved of it. That
weather would change in a matter of minutes. We would be marched to
school on the flightline. But one day while in school, the chief came in
and said to pack up and get ready to be bussed back to our dorm. The
dorm was only blocks away, but the nearly blizzard conditions, felt like
two hours to get there. On top of the blowing snow and sudden drop in
temperatures, our boiler went out of working order in the dorm. I think
we had about four blankets thick on each of us to keep warm that night
till the next morning to wake up to heat again.
I had shopped at a very well known clothing store(?) in downtown
Amarillo while there. I bought a very expensive cashmire sweater for
myself. Would you believe that my wife still puts it on during our
cooler nights. There is no buttons and it has a few holes, but it keeps
I also, have my earliest "military Photo" taken from a photo
store from Amarillo, that came out to the Air Base exchange. Of course,
they would put the "icing on the cake" saying everyone back
home needed "a sharp soldier photo"!!!!!
Yes, I do have some vivid memories of Amarillo and the base. And, yes,
back then they had the ole "rent-a-wreck" for us soldiers to
rent and drive around town to meet the "locals".
Its nice to share your lifes happenings with others,
-Boyd Brannan (USAF 1962-1987)
Joining then from Maryland
Stationed in Europe (after Amarillo), Ill.,TX, NM, Alaska, Vietnam/SEA
Now retired on the OUTER BANKS (coastal islands) of North Carolina
I have this site saved in my “favorites” category and every once
in a while I go down memory lane… “Thank you for the memories.” I
appreciate all the work you have put into this project. I only lived in
Amarillo for a total of 5-6 years in two different intervals, but I have
precious memories of those short years. I wish I could find such good
coverage as this of my home town.
What a joy to revisit the Amarillo of my youth.
I went to Bowie Jr. High, Amarillo High, then was a part of Caprock High’s
first graduating class in 1964. What a great education I received at
those schools, preparing me so well for college and, later, graduate
school! And football and baseball were my life! Dick Bivins Stadium, and
so many other stadiums and ball fields throughout the Panhandle, and
much of West Texas . Friday night high school football in Texas is an
institution - no, more a spiritual experience!
Congratulations to you for these photos and their many stories.
Amarillo - what a great place to grow up!
Wow!! What an amazing collection of memories. I worked in several
building in Amarillo. However, the picture of the Borden's Milk Train
made tears flow. My late husband was the conductor for that train. Thank
you for the beautiful memories.
I have some 60s photos I'd like to forward of The Kitchen Cinq! We
were known as The Illusions before we went to LA in 66. We took JD
Souther to LA with us. I'm still in the music business and have lots of
I also have a few snaps of Baby from Amarillo that I traveled with
throughout the Midwest opening show for REO, Aerosmith, Exile and Black
Oak to name a few.
-Regards, Jim Parker
Elvis Presley was at the Amarillo Auditorium in 1956, and had Johnny
Cash for his opening act. Tickets were obtained by keeping Furr Food
checkout tapes and turning them in for ticketrs. The crowd wanted to see
Elvis and let Johnny know it. Johnny said he had planned to do his
imitation of a Jackass, but that the crowd had beaten him to it. He sang
one song and left the stage and didn't return. Elvis broke most of his
guitar strings, but continued with his act. The sounds from the crowd
were deafening, and Elvis could just barely be heard.
That was a fun trip... Although I was in AHS class of '52, and left
Amarillo for the Marines in '53, I saw several things I particularly
The magnificent steaks at Ruth's Steak House...
Our annoyance that Longchamps (in NYC?) forced our own Longchamps to
change their name to Rice's Dining Salon...
And I washed dishes in the summer of 1950 at Joe Wing Lee's Chinese
Restaurant, on West 6th, right next to the Nat Ballroom. He was shot
(but not killed) by some nut when the Chinese became involved in the
Korean War. Joe was about as much of a capitalist as anyone!
I AM SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THE TIME AND EFFORT TO PUT THIS
I HAVE SENT THIS TO SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
-KAREN (REEDER) EASTERLING, class of 66 AHS
Thanks millions for the memories..I've lived here since the early
40's..Isn't it amazing how things change
& we don't remember until some fine people like you brings it all
back in this fine history lesson...Thanks
again...I'll send this on to a lot of my friends.
That was most enjoyable to go back through time and see Amarillo as
it was while I was growing up. I would love to see these pages just keep
on getting bigger. If I can find any pictures of old Amarillo I would
make copies and email them or send them to you.
Amarillo 1957-1973 and then back to visit every year to visit my mother.
Thank you for your excellent work on this. There are so many
treasured memories of my youth in Amarillo. While viewing the pictures,
I realized my eyes were clouding beause of my tears. What a simple and
wonderful life we had in this Texas Panhandle town. I am very greatful
that I was able to spend my childhood here. Jean Fielden, born in West
Texas Hospital, 1944. I left Amarillo in 1966 and have alwalys been
proud that my roots are here. I learned how to walk tall in the wind.
That has served me well throughout my lifetime.
I was a member of the second graduating class at Palo Duro High
School (1957) and this web-site surely does bring back many memories. I
ate many a pizza burger at the Ranger Drive In and watched many movies
at the Paramount and State Theaters. Twing’s Drive-In was the place to
go after school to buy a coke and to see and be seen. Dragging Polk was
a weekend ritual. We would load up the family car, pool our money to buy
a dollars worth of gasoline and make the drag.
Thanks so much for creating this site. You’ve given a great deal of
enjoyment to a lot of folks as we reminisce about our youth.
-Julia Bromley Palo Duro High School Class of 1957
I have several shots of Amarillo scenes from when we lived there,
I've got a shot of:
the old miniature Santa Fe engine and kiddie railroad at Wonderland
The Soap Box Derby races
Baseball practice behind Mesa Verde Elementary
My dad's friend getting ready to fly home to Denver in his Mooney
airplane from Tradewinds airport. The big hanger is visible in the
background with "TRADEWINDS" painted on the roof in huge,
Please reply if you're interested.
It's amazing that nobody bothered to shoot pics of Meyer's Drumstick. I
remember the little electric trains that used to run around ceiling, and
strange, green flocking on the walls.
There was another restaurant we ate at called the Wishbone, that I
didn't see mentioned.
-Tom Shaw Lakeland, FL
Thank you so much for what must have been a Herculean effort in
putting together this site on Amarillo. I met and married my
Pennsylvanian husband in England when he was in the Air Force. When he
was reassigned to Amarillo AFB in 1961, it was a pretty quiet town. I
knew every single street back then because I was 'The KJCK Phantom' for
several weeks on a special giveaway by the station. I went door-to-door
seeing who was listening to KJCK and if they were, I called the station
DJ, went on the air and the DJ announced the gift they were to receive.
I also did commercials for Gunn Brothers stamps, which were aired on TV
and radio. My little daughter went to the Thelma Davis School of Dance
for a couple of years before we were reassigned. I got my Certificate of
Naturalization in Amarillo in January 1965 so I think of Amarillo as my
hometown, even though I was born and raised in England. I do have fun
with folks even now, when they tell me that they detect an accent and
ask where I'm from. I tell them 'Texas' and love the expression on their
faces when I say that. LOL! I also worked at a drive-in as a carhop on
Route 66 on the west side of town. I can't remember the name of it. The
owners also bought a night club further west. I can't remember the name
of it either, but it burned down while I was working there as hostess
and instructor of 'The Twist', which was big at that time. Amarillo sure
has grown. The newest place I remember while I lived there was Sears on
the south side of town. I worked there for awhile, too. Ah, those were
the days. Thanks again for the memories!
-Anita Watson Junction City, KS
The 1961 AHS High School class is soon to celebrate our 50th
Anniversary. Is there a possibility that we could show your Amarillo
Graffiti video at our dinner?
Phil Price, President
The Price Group
I have been searching for information about a Country show I saw in
late 1956 or early 1957. The only performer I can recall is Brenda Lee.
I bought my first new car, an 1957 Pontiac Super Chief after coming down
from Springfield, CO to get it. I have gone "nuts" trying to
find out who else was onstage that night and would appreciate any
information. I have to assume the show was in the old City Auditorium. I
will be in Amarillo in October (have to get my Big Texan steak) and will
try to do additional research if necessary.
Please help if you have anything for me.
-George Taylor (Pennsylvania)
The fire at 2523 Britain a few weeks back prompted Jamey, Morgan and
Mike on 100.9 The Eagle to start reminiscing about how many clubs have
been in that building. This inspired me to do some research on bygone
restaurants, bars, theaters and other entertainment venues. My list now
has 350 listings, and is posted at http://AmarilloNightOut.com/blog. I
gleaned quite a bit of information from this site, but I've also found
details on other sites as well, and the new Facebook group,
""You may be from Amarillo if..."
The theater section is complete to the best of my research, but the
other lists are still a work in progress. i'd appreciate any notes on
anything I've missed or to correct something I got wrong,
Here's to preserving this fine city's history!
I hope this is still Ronn Wood’s thing.) Thanks for putting this
all together for us! I love sharing the town I grew up in with others in
my life, as well as hooking others from Amarillo to the page.
I visited Amarillo recently and finally completed a search that I
several years ago. I located an ad in a microfilmed newspaper for a
show that I had attended many, many years ago (54 to be precise). I had
forgotten all of the performers names except Brenda Lee so had something
look for. I finally learned that the show was on Saturday, May 25, 1957
the old City Auditorium. I had purchased my first new car that weekend
is why I was in town, as I was living in Springfield, Colorado at the
The performers that night were Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline (just off her
winning performance on the Arthur Godfrey Talent show), Jimmy Newman,
Jones, Everly Brothers, Mel Tillis, Judy Lynn and a bunch of other
believe that George Jones came on stage on crutches, which, knowing his
history, would not have been much of a surprise.
During my search, I also learned that Elvis Presley had been in town in
either late 1956 or early 1957 and received rave reviews.
What a lineup of real country music history.
-George Taylor, Harrisburg, PA.
This is a follow up to a recent posting of mine. I reported learning
who performed at an April 1957 concert in town. I listed the performers
in my last posting. I have since gotten a copy of the newspaper review
of that show. The reviewer might want to eat his or her words today. The
review raved about Brenda Lee, the headliner, but spoke of having to sit
through a host of mediocre performances by the other performers (George
Jones, the Everly Brothers, Mel Tillis, PATSY CLINE, and several others
whose names are also in my original post). A bunch of nobodies, huh? A
long reach back in my memory book is finally now complete.
-George Taylor, Harrisburg, PA.
I grew up in Southeastern Colorado and had relatives that lived in
Amarillo when I was young. My uncle Jimmy Emmerson worked for the Santa
Fe Railroad there until he was transferred to Topeka. We traveled to
Amarillo often to visit them. As I grew, my friends and I would got to
Amarillo to the drag races, specifically the Texas vs California races.
We would always eat at Shaky's Pizza, all you could eat, and then go to
the races. Then we would head to the drive in to watch a movie before
heading back to Colorado. We still travel to Amarillo to see the best
doctors in the world. Thank you to Dr. Assadourian, Dr. Lim, Dr. Forero,
and Dr. Schnider for making my family well.
-Ben Acre ....Walsh, CO
December 14, 2011
I tell you I enjoyed all of this!!! I was here when it WAS GOING ON.
TALK ABOUT A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE, WHEW!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
March 12, 2012
Thank you for the memories.
Just a note: the Furr's Grocery attributed to Western Plaza wasn't
There was a Furr's Cafeteria at the South Entrance, but not a Grocery in
We moved to Amarillo in 1937...
Jack Wirtz, AHS 1955, Page & Wirtz Const. Co., 1964-1986
(We also built several of your photos)
March 17, 2012
There certainly was a Furr's Supermarket at Western Plaza! It was
outside the indoor part of the mall on the far south end of the
building. I worked there as a sacker during my junior year in high
school and so did my (now) wife Diane. After the grocery store closed
that space became a stamp redemption store and my mom worked there. Then
later it was a ski shop for a long time. The space was still occupied by
a gym when the new company bought the mall to tear it down and build the
current shopping center.
-C. Davis Amarillo
March 25, 2012
Yeah, I worked there too. Carried out many bags of groceries from
that Furr's. That's a good pic of it on the page.
March 28, 2012
Great times, great photos, great memories. Thank you so much.
-George and Donna Rankin Bonita Springs, FL
March 28, 2012
Thanks for an interesting time down memory lane. It makes me smile
and feel sad at the same time. Lots of water under the bridge since the
60's. I still miss a lot of it too. Guess I'm getting old. Grew up in
Adrian, Texas. I still think the people in the Panhandle are the best.
-Linda Pond Queen Creek, AZ
April 20, 2012
Outstanding piece of work! I hope that you continue to add as
suggestions come in --- Mike's Spanish Kitchen, Paradise Too, Graham
Plow Company (the plow that saved the soil during the dust bowl - a very
important company here in Amarillo), Beck's Boots, Stanley's Drive-Thru,
Fedway's, Blackburn Bros. Clothing, The Hub Clothiers
April 23, 2012
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I was born here in 1932 and
except for 4 years in the Navy ( ‘ 51 – 54 ) this has been home.
Memories. Great job. Thanks for putting this together.
April 26, 2012
Very enjoyable ramble down memory lane-thank you, we were not natives
of Amarillo or Texas but got here as soon as we could and have loved
every day since March of 1969.
April 27, 2012
WOW!!! What awesome photos and great memories you put together!! Give
us a round two, please. We want more Amarillo history and trivia. I was
born and raised in Amarillo and it was really fun to see the
transformation of our great city. Well done!!
May 4, 2012
OMG.....WHAT a walk down the lane! I just had memories I didn't know
were there! Thank you for that!
Tascosa graduate 1961,
May 20, 2012
Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I actually grew up in Dumas but
spent a lot of time in Amarillo and then lived and worked there in my
adult life for a while. I worked for Shamrock Oil and Gas right after
college and then later worked for Social Security in Amarillo. What a
My oldest daughter was born at the Baptist Hospital when it first
I shopped in Wolflin Village and I remember shopping at Fedway.
I remember the Hi D Ho Drive In.
When I was growing up in Dumas, it was so exciting to come to the “big
city” and eat a Myers Fried Chicken,
-Lynda Peugh Dallas TX
May 23, 2012
I received the pictures of Amarillo in an e-mail from a friend. I’ve
been gone for many years but have wonderful memories and wanted to thank
you so much for the walk down memory lane. Makes me really homesick.
May 23, 2012
Hi, I just got forwarded the great old photos and clippings of Amarillo
and was so surprised to see AmaChron's name as the source! You always
had the superb collection, thanks for sharing. I especially enjoyed the
link to the dances and seeing photos of my old buddies, Ron, Billie,
dear RWII, et al. Hope you are well and happy, I am back in Ama. these
May 24, 2012
THIS WAS WONDERFUL...THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES....I SENT IT TO ALL MY
FAMILY AND FRIENDS STILL THERE.
May 25, 2012
This was soooooo good, lots of memories. So many places have been gone
for a long time, these pictures bring them all back!!!
Thank you so much.
June 15, 2012
Best part of my younger days there from ‘64 to ‘68 ;Happiest part of
my childhood . All the pictures brought back many wonderful memories .
The Bivins library , Vicks across from Amarillo High. My dad had the
Amarillo College of Hairdressing and London Restaurant next to Sid Stout
Ford. Left when air base closed to go to Lake Jackson , not a happy
time. Thanks for the memories
June 19, 2012
Loved it. I grew up in Amarillo 47-67. You captured most of my formative
years. Thanks to that large runway and working at the Downtowner Hotel
as a desk clerk during the summer, I joined Continental Airlines in Los
Angeles as a stewardess and saw the world. I have such fond memories and
with your help I can share photos of them with my children and
Thanks so much for all the effort you put into this. I would like to
make a small contribution as a thank you.
Please send your mailing address unless you are selling a DVD and I
would be interested in that.
I would be very interested in the background of the making of this
picture time capsule. Have you written or recorded the information? I'm
sure many would enjoy knowing where you got the photos and how you made
-Joy Williams Los Angeles
June 27, 2012
My hat is off to whoever and all that worked on putting together this
collection. These photos took me back to simpler times as I grew up in
the Panhandle. We lived in Wheeler but made many, many memorable trips
to Amarillo for business, shopping, family outings, etc. I roamed all
over Palo Duro Canyon throughout the early '60's. I marched in the Tri
State Fair Parade a couple of years. As I said, so many memories.
August 13, 2012
September 3, 2012
Hi, I was born on the base in Amarillo in 1960. I found this site
October 12 , 2012
What a wonderful job!
November 13 , 2012
I only lived in Amarillo from Autumn 1979 to Summer 1985, but I enjoyed
these photos and ads very much. If you could find & include a couple
of pix of the baseball stadium, that would be even nicer.
BTW, the best steak I ate while in Amarillo was at the Stockyards Café.
I recall looking at other customers & seeing cowboys with dung on
their boots alongside bankers in three-piece suits!
david anthony denny
Martinsburg, West Virginia
January 1 , 2013
What a great site! I lived in Amarillo as a kid, moving to Dallas in
1965 in the middle of my 8th grade at Crockett Jr Hi. Growing up in
Amarillo, people just don’t believe the freedoms we had back then as
kids. I’m writing a book of how things were back in the early 60’s
to be 12 or 14 years old.
Your site helped me remember so many things that I’d not thought about
in years. If you have any suggestions of sites where more Amarillo
history is I’d love to hear from you.
May 1 , 2013
This is great! Great great!
-Adam Squire (lived in Amarillo 1957-1977) & wanna come back
March 16 , 2013
A good friend of mine moved to New York for a job in 1968. He worked his
way up and got a job in Amarillo. He traveled from the east coast
into Amarillo in late 1969 where he drove directly to 6th and Polk and
kissed the ground.
OF THE UNIVERSE
June 11 , 2013
So many great memories. Thank you very much.
-Arthur & Ann Garfield we lived in Amarillo 1945 to 1971 and saw it
August 10 , 2013
I lived in San Jacinto and then in Olsen Park while growing up. I spent
many unforgettable hours on Polk Street and at those movie theaters .
Thank you so much for this historical treasure.
September 20 , 2013
You documented my life in photos….
The photo of the Sunset Drive In…. I was working there when those
movies were showing.
Thank you so much for the memories.
October 19 , 2013
Thank you for posting – I was a kid in Amarillo in the 60's when my
dad was stationed at the AFB.
October 26 , 2013
I was stationed from June 1966 until December 1966. Loved the town and
people and the picture of the Crossroads Motel
and Restaurant brought back a lot of great memories. Thank you
December 20 , 2013
I hope you can help me out. I just recently lost my Grandpa he passed
away on the 18th of January. We were extremely close and at his services
this picture of him and my grandma was shown. I have never seen it
before and I absolutely love it!! Long just of it from what I understand
my grandparents both lived and meet in Amarillo, Texas. My whole life
they lived in Plainview, Texas and every summer had a family Reunion for
the Collie's at wonderland park. My grandpa Richardson
"Travis" Collie was born May 27, 1932. My grandma Llawanna
Shannon Collie born also in the 30's. Without fail we went every summer
in July to Amarillo. My grandpa was an inspiration man he restored
several classic cars which we would also take a couple to reunion. I
also know that they were a big supporter of Cal Farley's boys home. I am
wanting to do the research and possible find out where they were when
this beautiful moment in their lives was captured. I am assuming it
would be mid-late 40's? This was before they ever had a family. They
would of marked their 65th anniversary this year. They had 6 children 4
boys and 2 twin girls. My grandpa made an incredible mark on this life
and history. He is my hero and I want to honor him and be able to
continue sharing his legacy. Any help or pictures to the era and stories
or articles would be greatly appreciate.
Jennifer J Wilhite
February 12 , 2014
They are in front of the KRESS store at 7th and
IAmazing! I remembered much that I did not know I could remember. I
was raised in Groom, TX on Route 66 east of Amarillo.
However, Amarillo was the go-to place for everything. Thank you,
-Glynda Harrell Eschle
May 16 , 2014
Thank you for all the time and attention you had to have spent
putting this site together. I was born in Amarillo and my parents moved
us when I was 2. We returned when I was 16 and I mostly lived there
until 2001. I graduated from the old AHS in 1960. I hated school, but
cried when it burned. I hated the wind, but have many fond memories. I
love looking through the pictures that you have accumulated.
-Thank you again. Betty Curry Hale Mesa, AZ
May 26 , 2014
Loved your collection of old photos. After growing up in Amarillo I
hit the road west in 1952 and have never had the opportunity to return.
Is my memory playing tricks or wasn’t there a Leon Theatre somewhere
across Polk from the State and Victory Theatres? I failed to see it
June 5, 2014
Wow, what a blast from the past! I was born in Amarillo in the 60's
and your site brought back a lot of great memory's of my
dad and mother and of my childhood.
Thank you so much to everyone that put this together.
June 29, 2014
I was searching for Stanley's Drive-In this evening, hoping to locate
more information plus the address on Georgia St. I came across your
site, Amarillo Graffiti and was very pleased! What a wonderful
collection of pictures and newspaper clippings. Thank you for the trip
down memory lane! (I sent a link of your site to a few friends, who will
enjoy the pics as well.) Thanks again for this great collection. ?
July 17, 2014
Hi D Ho, Double Dip, Amarillo High (Sand lot baseball), Alice
Landergin, Stephen F Austin, Brooks Drug, dragging Polk Street,
TG&Y, Victory theatre, Elkins produce, Meads bakery, Thompson Park,
Hawbakers Auctions, Palo Duro drive in, ..........
Thank you for the trip ...........
August 9, 2014
My father, Troy Jones, built this, the first Holiday Inn Motel west
of the Mississippi River, at 1411 NE 8th, in 1954. Donnie Boyd, now of
Boyd Financial, was his manager. You will note that the sign says “Holiday
Inn Motel”. Dad told his franchisor that “Inn Motel” was
redundant, and it is my belief that that is the reason they are now
called “Holiday Inn”. Dad previously built about 1,500 “GI Bill”
homes (2/1, 3 floor plans flipped for a total of six choices) in
Southdown, and later built Southdown Shopping Center in 1958, before
retiring to Jelm, Wyoming, in 1961 at age 46. J. O. Wyatt Clinic is on
the site now, and Rice’s Restaurant was next door.
November 11, 2014
OMG I love this site it brought back so many memories
November 13, 2014
Thanks for the memories on the website. I live in Amarillo from 1969
to 1985 and miss it.
Looking back at all the photos brought back a lot of memories. I went to
Whittier elementary and to
Travis JR. High and left there in 1985 due to my dad transferring with
his job and I have been
trying to get back ever since.
-Keith R. Baca
January 31, 2015
Just came across your web site on Amarillo. I was stationed at the
air base in 1966-68. The Air Force lost my records during the shutdown
and I ended being there by myself for about five months after the base
closed and all the B-52’s and personnel left. My only job in the Air
Force while I was in limbo was to go out to the base once a week and
check the locks on all the gates. When the Air Force finally “found”
me, I handed the keys to the base over to the mayor, took $1.00 from him
and mailed it to SAC headquarters in Nebraska. That had to be the best
real estate deal in history. While I was waiting for orders to leave,
the Air Force let me get a full-time job in town so I went to work at
the Globe-News as a sports writer. I had been a journalism major at
North Texas State University when the draft was looming, and I joined
the Air Force before my local draft board pulled my name out of the
wheel. I covered Tascosa High sports. One of the hot shots on the
football team was a big kid named Jack Mildren. When I was a student at
Abilene Cooper High, my little brother and Jack were elementary school
running buddies. I used to dish out noogies etc on them when I caught
them messing with my stuff. Needless to say I was a little apprehensive
when I was assigned to go out to Tascosa and interview Jack. He did not
remember me until I reminded him that I was Rusty Herridge’s big
brother. He grabbed me and gave me the noogie of all noogies, then we
both had a big laugh. Also worked with Putt Powell—mean, nasty old
curmudgeon who, for some reason, was totally taken with the fake
pro-wrestling that was popular then. I worked the Saturday night sports
desk and we took calls all night from people asking for football scores
from around the country. I remember one guy, had a severe lisp, who
would call every Saturday night at 8 p.m. on the dot. “Could you give
me the score of Lipry Rock?” He would ask. We would give him the
score, and, in his lispy Texas twang, would say “OK. Thank yew.”
Slippery Rock College was up in New England somewhere, and knowing that
he would be calling, we always looked up that score first and posted it
on a big blackboard in the sports department. We never found out who he
was, but you could set your watch by his Saturday night call. Also
remember a goofball TV weatherman named Dan True, who always suggested
that people put a blanket and a jar of peanut butter in the trunk of
their car in case they got snowed in out on the road.
Amarillo was my first assignment out of Air Force electronics tech
school, so it has a special place in my heart and my wife Diane’s
heart. However, even though I was a born and bred Texan, I still got
pretty bad treatment from the civilians there once they learned I was in
the Air Force. I guess that was natural in any military town, but to
this day I still resent the way the locals treated us Air Force people.
I always got the feeling that they wanted my money but didn’t want
anything else to do with me. Diane and I both got part-time jobs at
night when the big Woolco store opened. I worked next door at night
selling photo equipment at Sears, and Diane worked in the jewelry
department at Woolco.
Anyway, thanks again for the memories.
February 25, 2015
Awesome Stuff !! I couldn't find photos of individuals except one of
Dave Wilson & Misty & Charrona together !! Very cool !
March 17, 2015
Thank you so much for the site! I would love to know what happened to
our town Amarillo? Any insight would be appreciated.
-Terri Montes Amarillo, Texas
March 18, 2015
This is an absolutely wonderful website. As a 1961 grad of Palo Duro
High, it brings back so many great memories. I used to hang out with a
lot of kids from Tascosa and Amarillo High so I’m familiar with all
those areas as well. Attended Amarillo College after high school
graduation and then again in 1964 after getting out of the Navy. Finally
left there in June 1965 and have only been back once in the mid 70’s
while in law school in Houston. Passed through in 89, but we were on a
mission to see our ill father and didn’t get to stop and visit.
Hopefully, I’ll make it back one of these days as growing up in
Amarillo was the best. Terrific job putting this together.
Would have also loved to see something about the Café Capri pizza
place, my first pizza and the best I’ve ever had. The salad dressing
he made was just unreal. Last ate there in 65 before leaving Amarillo.
Thanks for the memories
March 30, 2015
I saw your website in 2008. It is a great reminder of growing up in
Amarillo. I attended the old AHS on Polk. I was a sophomore when the
school burned, Sunday, March 1, 1970. The school did not burn to the
ground in fact part of it is still there. The cafeteria, the gyms, and
the auto shop were still there the last time I was there(2012). The
auditorium (which was in the middle on all three floors) and the third
and fourth floors in the back were destroyed. We went back to school on
adjacent properties and churches the week after the fire. The following
August we went back to classes in the main building. I think the last
graduating class in that building was 1974.
-Donna Epps Compton
April 1, 2015
Thanks for the memories. Super website. Was stationed at Amarillo AFB
1960-1962. Being from Corpus Christi, TX
did not know what cold was until living up there. Was there when Big
August 22, 2015
Thanks so much for posting this wonderful history of Amarillo in
pictures! Brings back many memories of having been there…done that!
Thanks a million!
-Don Acrey, Tascosa High School Class of 1967
November 11, 2015
I so enjoyed this. My memories were more from 1956 to1961 but it was
so nice to see. People don't realize that with dragging Polk
we were able to stay out of trouble. It was something to do for us and
we all loved it! Thanks for the memories especially enjoyed at this
awsome time of year.
-Sincerely, Barbara Stewart Watson
St. Mary's Academy and
Palo Duro High SchoolNovembNove
November 29, 2015
Amazing collection of Amarillo’s past. Thanks for all your work.
-Anna Lou German
December 7, 2015
What a great trip down memory lane. Grew up in Amarillo, went to
school here, married an airman stationed at the base, moved away for
several years and came
back to live and work here. Now retired, sometimes seems like yesterday
seeing all these great pictures.
December 11, 2015
Great, great, great memories!!! I spent hundreds if not thousands of
hours on Polk street and all the drive inns. It was a pleasure to take a
trip down memory lane.
Please produce more of these memories if possible.
March 23, 2016
This was so wonderful brought back so many memories. I didn't see
when President Gerald Ford came here. I have a card that he signed at
I don't know what year it was.
March 30, 2016
Lynmarks 122 S. Polk...Used Wallace china with topmark (on ebay
now)...referenced in Daily News for 1950 (July & Dec)...anything
known (see RWCN Restaurant Ware Collectors Network for inquiry on this).
September 12, 2016
It was AWESOME to see the old sights of my childhood! This is a great
-Steve A. Buckles
October 24, 2016
I married and moved out here in 1949---needless to say “things,
they have been a changing” --- the “Jones Brothers” at NE 8th and
Buchannan I knew had only fried chicken,fries, bread? drinks and NO
SILVERWARE you ate with fingers and had a damp cloth and fingerbowl ----
WAS SO GOOD----
just saw a pic of THE VILLA INN, In the 80s we had a STATE SQUARE DANCE
here-- it was one of the largest ones ever held and then in a few years
the WHIRLY BIRD Sq dance club of Amarillo had an anniversary dance and I
was told that we had a record 84 sqs dancing at The Villa motel located
at I-40 and Grand---one of the largest dances ever---we visited for
months inviting people from every little town with in 100 miles in
Okla,Kansas,NM in person and all over by mail (you remember, paper stuff
and a stamp)--- All of the state officers came ---we built floats and
had a parade down town---we worked SO HARD and our feet never hurt SO
BAD and we never had SO MUCH FUN----another example of what SqD can do
--one Fri nite we promised and wanted to go to the Hereford anniversary
dance --- Fri nite as a teacher you are dead tired—I got home got in
the tub (ya gotta be fresh to SQDance) sat there and bawled big old
tears thinking I couldn’t –but I did- when the dance was over a
group from a bunch of clubs found a place to eat –uh hu and we got
home about two am ---also when we had to quit my weight went went from
132 to 157----THE BEST THING about it is the warm wonderful friendly
caring friends you make ---OH MY GOSH what a wonderful thing to do---our
club is down from 20some sqs to two—wish it would revive so people
could enjoy it like we did TRY IT YOU WILL LIKE IT I promise
II AM SO HAPPY I GET TO LIVE IN AMARILLO, TEXAS
August 27, 2017
for the blast from the past. Do you have any record of when the
band Bread played at the Civic Center in 1971 or 1972. Thanking
you in advance for any info you have.
October 17, 2017
Bread concert was October 27, 1972.
I don't know who you are but I found this website today and I have to
thank you for it. It's deeply fascinating to me. I have always wanted to
see photos of my town from the past. It's just incredible. I lose track
of time looking and seeing how things have changed.
November 28, 2017
This site and pictures brought back many memories of growing up right
down the street from Sunset Center from 1968-1973….what a great time
to be in Amarillo….
have viewed these pages a dozen times. It is so wonderful. Thank you so
very much for showing this history of this great city. I miss these
times so much.
I love this page.
I hope it never goes away.
Perhaps Facebook it
March 26, 2019
A more simple time. Thank you for putting this together
May 28, 2019
I grew up in Amarillo in the sixties and these old
photos sure bring back warm memories. Thank y'all so very much!
April 17 2020
Hello! I've lived in Amarillo most of my life, about 17 years to be exact, 2-3 years spent in the DFW area. I reckon I'd consider myself a native of this city. I never actually grew up in the 50s or 60s but it definitely is fascinating to see these photos of what it was like decades before my birth. Appreciate y'all at AmaChron for creating this riveting compilation.
June 1 2020
God bless you all for the great memories
Love for Amarillo citizens.❤
May 12 2021
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