Established by Methodist minister, L.H. Carhart, in 1878 as a
"sobriety settlement" in contrast to typical boom towns
of that era. It earned the sobriquet "Saints Roost"
by local cowboys. Seat of Donley County, Clarendon is the oldest
thriving town in the Texas Panhandle. Many museums have fossilized
specimens found near here from the Clarendonian Age, dating back
11 million years to the Early Pilocene Age. Locals call Clarendon
home of "trailblazers, cattle barons, cowboys, preachers,
teachers, sodbusters, merchants, craftsmen, artists, old bones,
and old fossils... and maybe a few saints!" Today farming
and ranching still remain the primary economy of the county.
Depending on the season, guests can watch cowboys work cattle, mend fences and other ranch chores. Ranch is also a game preserve licensed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For information/reservations, call 806-874-2634. U.S. 287 west three miles to F>M. 3257, north two miles to the ranch.
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