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Canadian, Texas

Canadian became the county seat when Hemphill County was organized in 1887. It is located on the Canadian River and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe RR in the northwestern part of the county. Early settlers held one of the first rodeos in Texas. Today Canadian is a chief commercial center of the county, that derives much of its economy from ranching and some oil activity.

Northwest of Canadian is the Black Kettle National Grasslands, administered by the National Forest Service. Visitors find campsites, cottages, picnic grounds at the small Lake Marvin, where fishing for bass, channel catfish and sunfish provide outdoor activities. Nature trails are popular during the fall foliage season and visitors often see deer, wild turkey, and waterfowl.

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Things to do near Canadian, TX

Old Tascosa

Pioneer settlers in the early 1870s built adobe huts and irrigation ditches along area creeks. After 1875, village became a s...

Saints Roost Museum

Housed in former Adair Hospital founded by Cornelia Adair in 1910 for local cowboys, the museum features heirlooms from area ...

Magnolia Station

Built in the early 1920s, this station was one of the first along Old Route 66. Recently restored through the Route 66 Corrid...

Archer County Historical Museum

Frontier and pioneer items: dishes, pictures, ladies' high-top shoes, dairy and farm implements. Has map of county's historic...

Vietnam Archives

This collection is the largest primary source materials of the Vietnam War outside of the holding of the U.S. government. In ...