The Yellow Rose of Texas
July 26, 2016

I was born in Los Angeles, but moved to Amarillo at the young age of 2 and it is what I consider home. Amarillo is the largest city of the Texas Panhandle and in my opinion the definition of a resilient close-knit community. When I sat down to conduct the “explore your community” exercise, I didn’t have to think too hard or look too far to see all the wonderful things the lie right here within our city.

Amarillo is a very diverse place with much to offer. It is rich in history and maintains that “Panhandle Pride” proudly and strongly. In Amarillo anyone can feel at home with the spiritual sense of place vibe that fills the community. We welcome everyone with open arms and there is always a helping hand extended out to whoever may need it.

Creating pathways to success and focusing on a sustainable future is a big deal around here and something we highly value. There are many institutions of higher education located here, with Amarillo College, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and West Texas A&M University being the main ones and serving the entire Panhandle region. I myself am a WTAMU graduate. Go Buffs!

Amarillo is also home to a couple of the best hospitals around, BSA and NWTHS, offering top healthcare to their patients.

Here you can have the “small town” feel with the “big city” living attitude. We are a vibrant community with an appreciation for the arts and culture and the natural world. Not only are we home to the famous Cadillac Ranch, but we have other art that decorates our city, such as the Hoof Prints of the American Quarter Horse project that is responsible for the the beautiful horse statues located around town. We are also lucky to have the scenic beauty of the second largest canyon in the United States, Palo Duro. Palo Duro Canyon offers scenic views and recreational activities for those who enjoy being outdoors.

I love Amarillo and everything that it has brought to me that has allowed me to grow in many areas of my life. I hope to see it continue to flourish and I would love to make a contribution of my own.

Downtown Amarillo
Downtown Amarillo
WTAMU - Amarillo Campus
WTAMU – Amarillo Campus
Downtown Amarillo - Amarillo National Bank
Downtown Amarillo – Amarillo National Bank
Historic Santa Fe building in the background
Historic Santa Fe building in the background