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Clarendon, Texas

Clarendon was established by a Methodist minister, L.H. Carhart, in 1878 as a "sobriety settlement" in contrast to the typical boom towns of that era. It earned the sobriquet "Saints Roost" by local cowboys. Other locals call Clarendon home of "trailblazers, cattle barons, cowboys, preachers, teachers, sodbusters, merchants, craftsmen, artists, old bones, and old fossils and maybe a few saints!"

In the seat of Donley County, many museums have fossilized specimens found near here from the Clarendonian Age, dating back 11 million years to the Early Pliocene Age. Today farming and ranching still remain the primary economy of the county.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Clarendon, TX

Lubbock Visitor Information

Literature about attractions, visitor sites, events and information about dining and accommodations can be obtained at the Lu...

Buffalo

View from Texas 114 of private herd of buffalo (American bison) and elk pastured across from highway rest area 8 miles east o...

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

Complex of 15 historic structures that tell the history of the last 50 years of the Texas frontier. Visitors tour three histo...

Museum of the Llano Estacado

Bears the traditional Spanish name for the Texas High Plains. Regional museum emphasizing the development of the geographical...

Archer County Historical Museum

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