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Matador, Texas

Matador was designated county seat when Motley County was organized in 1891, and was named for Dr. J.W. Mottley (named was misspelled in the law), signer of Texas Declaration of Independence who was killed at San Jacinto. The city was named for the Matador Land and Cattle Co., originally organized in 1882 by a Scottish syndicate. The area was founded and settled by cowboys of the Matador Ranch. The historic ranch house with 26 rooms was built in 1918 using native rock at a cost of $26,000. (Not open to the public.) Today, the local economy is still based on ranching (livestock) operations along with crop farming with cotton, wheat, and grain sorghum.

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Z. I. Hale Museum

Mrs. Nina Hale donated the two-story clinic in memory of her late husband, Dr. Z. I. Hale, long-time area optometrist, for th...

Swisher County Archives & Museum

Museum maintains collections of ranch and farm artifacts. A five-room house, rebuilt inside the main exhibit hall, is furnish...

Visitor Information Center

Brand new facility, open year-round in the Amarillo Civic Center in downtown Amarillo. Visitors can find information on event...

Lubbock Visitor Information

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