We were having a discussion the other day and I thought I knew a lot about Amarillo. I mean I have lived here most of my life. Being a part of this community over thirty five years has given me some knowledge about the area.

How Could I Not Know About This College?

When I heard about this I was taken aback. Someone brought up the fact that Amarillo use to have a Catholic college? Really? How did I not know about this? I mean I grew up Catholic. When I lived in Chicago it was never a question of what religion you were. Everyone was just Catholic.

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So I didn't know there was a need for that question until I moved here to the Texas Panhandle. So this conversation about the a college here really came as news to me. So I had to do some digging.

I reached out to my friend Jeff. Luckily I have a lot of friends that are heavily involved in the Catholic community here so I knew he would be able to shed some light on this topic.

What's in a Name Anyway?

So yes, there was a place called Price Memorial College that was established back in 1929 but it was not a college. According to Jeff:

So, I presume the Catholic College they are referring to was Price Memorial College, which was established circa 1929. It was actually a high school. It eventually became Alamo Catholic High School in 1966.

I can see where the confusion would be. I mean it does have college in the name. It, though, in fact was not. They actually changed the name to Price Catholic High School in 1964. That was done because of the confusion with college in the name. That does make sense.

You can read more about the school HERE. So Amarillo did have a Price Memorial College, the only problem is that it was not actually ever a college. So no that is a mystery that was solved.

Downtown Amarillo Over The Years

Downtown Amarillo has seen an incredible metamorphosis. Take a look at the photos below to see just how much it's changed--you won't believe the difference.


LOOK: This "Amarillo Pictorial" is an Amazing Collection of Historical Photos!

Wow. Just wow.

Robbi McDaniel Rivers dug up this incredible magazine published in 1931. You'll find the many Amarillo buildings and landmarks that you know and love--they're brand new in these photos!


This Beautiful Plemons-Eakle Home is a Look Back in Time

Built in 1926, this is a true historic gem of a home!

Located at 1618 S. Van Buren, the home is listed with Burgundi Thurman of ReMax Town & Country. One can only hope that someone who appreciates owning a piece of history will be the lucky one to call this place their new home.

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