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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

Isaac McCormick Pioneer Cottage

Restored home of area's first settler, built in 1899. Furnished in pioneer style displaying artifacts from 1890s. Inquire loc...

Lubbock Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Knox County Museum

Barbed-wire collection and other relics from early settlers on view in county courthouse, which was built in 1936 to replace ...

Battle of Adobe Walls

Site where two famous Indian battles were fought. Col. Kit Carson (in his last fight) and his U.S. troops in 1864 narrowly es...

Breckenridge Park

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