This Is Interesting: Ever Seen Amarillo’s Official Sister-City?
Something I've walked past a million times is the story of our sister-city. It's true. Our sister-city is Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico.
Have you ever been to, or seen, our official sister-city?
Tuxtla Gutiérrez And Amarillo
Downtown, between the Civic Center and Hodgetown, there's the Centennial Plaza. A part of the area I've walked by and never gave a second thought is this marker that sits in front of a tree.
I've never heard of sister-cities in my life, so I had to go find out exactly what this means. Sister-cities usually are engaged primarily in some kind of cultural exchange.
In 2001, we decided to honor our sister-city with a white oak planted downtown. From what I've been able to find digging online, white oaks represent peace, strength, and persistence.
Not a bad sentiment.
Our Sister-City Has A Lot Going On
Looking up Tuxtla Gutiérrez online, one of the first things you'll see pop up is info on the nearby national park. It's also a major transportation hub.
So, while it may not be a tourist destination the way other places are it is still where a lot of people fly or ride into the region.
It's also been officially named a "Safe City" and has seen a ton of population growth over the past several years.
Another aspect of our sister-city that is spoke of highly is their zoo. They have a really, really nice zoo. There's also an insane amount of shopping to do there.
If you want to know more about our sister-city, I suggest starting your search here.