BLOG 3: The Commonwealth
July 5, 2014

I took the commonwealth map out on the streets of Canyon, Texas and explored the local assets this town has to offer. I found that this town has a lot of interesting factors that make it home.

Canyon, Texas is home to the many historical markers.

We have Palo Duro Canyon. Which is a massive terrain that tourists come from all walks of life to hike and explore. It is a major attraction that allows for leisure and recreation with the family.palo duro canyon

Another historical marker is the Panhandle Plains museum that we have here at West Texas A&M.┬áThe museum’s permanent exhibits include American Western life and agriculture history artifacts, art, paleontology, geology, Native American art and artifacts, firearms, antique vehicles, decorative arts and furniture, petroleum industry artifacts, sports artifacts, and textiles. The museum also features the outdoor Pioneer Town that includes a livery, saloon, schoolhouse, pioneer cabin and other buildings.panhandle-plains-museum

The final historical marker that I found in Canyon Texas was literally 15 seconds away from my front door. West Texas A&M is the home of the Oldest dorm in the state of Texas. Cousins Hall was built in 1920 and is still being occupied by WT students. As you can tell education has always been a strong presence here in Canyon, Texas

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The renewable energy in Canyon, Texas consists of Wind, Tide, Solar, Geothermal, Rain, Biofuels, and Hydropower. Canyon residents have adapted these new renewable resources in their homes especially solar, geothermal, and wind.The water cycle in Canyon has been on a crisis and the residents have been asked to limit their use just like in Amarillo. Authorities have been strict and have been imposing fines for overuse of water. Canyon and Amarillo have been using ground sources for water instead of lake Meredith due to its shortage in Rain.┬áPlaces that promote Health in Canyon Texas are the local soccer leagues and little league sports. There are running trails all over the West Texas A&M Campus and yoga/Zumba classes that are offered to the adults. Local Gyms are a big hit in the Canyon area as well.Spirituality is very diverse in Canyon. You have many Churches of all beliefs and denominations. All these assets or markers allow Canyon to have a sense of place or belonging. I’m proud to be a Canyon resident and a current WT Senior!