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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

Texas Air Museum, Caprock Chapter

The museum exists to pre serve, restore, and present a balanced view of historic aircraft and artifacts that represen...

Georgia Monument

Erected in 1976 to fulfill long-standing promise to honor the Georgia Battalion that volunteered in Texas' war for independen...

Medicine Mounds

Four unusual cone-shaped hills that rise some 350 feet above the surrounding plains; named by the Comanche Indians, held in a...

Historic Orient-Santa Fe Depot

The history of railroading in West Texas comes alive at the old depot. In addition to housing the Railway Museum of San Angel...

Breckenridge Park

Beautiful tree-shaded grounds with Aquatic Center featuring a swimming pool and slide, covered pavilion, picnic areas, play g...