I’m taking a break from my Greece updates to bring you some photos from my current home — the Texas Panhandle. Back during West Texas A&M’s spring break, some friends and I decided to explore local places we’ve never visited or hadn’t been to in a while. We started the week along historic Route 66 in Amarillo. There are lots of great places to eat here, and we chose The GoldenLight Cantina.
How often do you get to see the first tree planted in an entire region? I’m guessing that’s a question that has never occurred to you, but if it has, and you really need to scratch that itch, you can do that east of Amarillo. Thomas Cree gets credit with planting the first tree in the Texas Panhandle in 1888. Unfortunately, it died nearly a half century ago, so the tree you see here on the left is the “memorial” tree.
It’s hard to miss The Big Texan on I-40 in Amarillo. It’s iconic. We went there for … the gelato.
If you’re not attending services there, you’ll need to book a tour to get inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Umbarger (we were not aware of that and did not get to go inside when we stopped by). Italian prisoners of war, who were imprisoned in nearby Hereford during World War II, painted the church’s interior.
There is still a memorial to the Italian POW camp in Hereford. Today, it’s in the middle of a field.