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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.

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Things to do near Clarendon, TX

Historic Depot District

A nightclub and restaurant area where restaurants feature all types of food. The Cactus Theater is a restored 1930s motion pi...

Stationmaster's House Museum

Two-building complex includes restored depot agent's home; exhibits feature home life, general history of Hansford County. Ou...

Concho Avenue

Was the first street in downtown area in "Santa Angela," and street's colorful history is reflected in its stores and buildin...

The Cross

Rising 100 feet from the rolling prairie, The Cross was built by the Jim and Doris Studer family in 1993. It measures 70 feet...

Canadian River Wagon Bridge

A 1916 steel bridge built over the waters of the Canadian River now is the focal point for a scenic hike and bike trail. The ...