Panhandle, Texas

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Panhandle is a town in Carson County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,589 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Carson County[3]. Panhandle is part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. In July 2009 the population was estimated at 2,425.


Square House Museum

The Square House Museum in Panhandle, originally constructed as a dwelling on the N Bar N Ranch in Carson County, contains dioramas and displays of the natural history, history, and art of the Texas Panhandle. There is the historic Square House (the oldest building in the community), the Conway community church, a reconstructed pioneer dugout, windmill, railroad caboose, and Moody wildlife exhibit and art galleries. Restored in 1965, the museum was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

It is located in Pioneer Park on Texas State Highway 207. There is no admission charge.[4]

Inside the museum is a revised quotation from Cicero in the year 80 B.C.: "History is the witness . . . of time, the torch of truth, . . . the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity."

Panhandle's history has been closely tied to the railroad. City Hall is located in a former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe depot.

Temple Lea Houston (1860–1905), the eighth and last child of the legendary Sam Houston, built a home near Panhandle. In 1881, he was named district attorney for the 35th Judicial District. He was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1884, two years before he met the minimum age requirement of twenty-six. Houston was known for favoring legislation popular with frontiersmen.[5]


Panhandle is located at 35°20′51″N 101°22′55″W / 35.3475°N 101.38194°W / 35.3475; -101.38194 (35.347409, -101.381997)[6].

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