Believe it or not, Amarillo, Texas was not the original name of Amarillo. There are many years of history in Amarillo that a lot of people don’t know about.

It was originally called Oneida, Texas and was originated in 1887. The city was incorporated in 1892 and that’s when the name Amarillo was adopted.

Henry B. Sanborn, the so-called “Father of Amarillo” and Joseph F. Glidden founded Amarillo that was set to higher ground after the original low ground Amarillo continuously got flooded. Together, they expanded land to make Amarillo thrive and attract people to live there.

The railroad that ran through Amarillo helped attract merchants, cattle buyers, and settlers. A hospital, an independent school district, an electric service, a trolley system, a public library, and a rowdy bowery were established during the first ten years of Amarillo.

Amarillo continued to grow and expand with more hospitals, college campuses, news stations gas, oil, and airports. This helped Amarillo to become the 14th biggest city in Texas and the largest city in the Texas Panhandle.

As of now, the city’s biggest income is Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction, Utilities, Transportation, and Warehousing. The median household income in Amarillo, Texas is $49.684. The income inequality of Amarillo is 0.486 and that’s higher than the national average. Sounds like we need some changes in that area.

Overall, Amarillo is a great place to live and it’s good to know facts about your hometown. You could break these facts out during your next dinner party and impress your guests. Remember kids, history is important!