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Real Estate in The Wild West of Amarillo circa 1880
I get curious a lot and I wondered what real estate sales looked like when Amarillo first came about. I got this information from a lot of different places so I don't guarantee it is all accurate. Louis L'Amour is my favorite author, too, so you never know what could pop up. Let's just say it is an overall composite fact and fiction (mostly fact).
Potter County was organized August 30, 1887 at which time it had 164 voting citizens. It is 30 miles square and contains 630,000 acres of land of which 325,000 are school lands that can be taken up by settlers and prospectors in tracts of from 160 to 640 acres.
I always wondered why we have this Potter/Randall line in the middle of Amarillo but I didn't find the answer. A guy named Randal named the county Randall. In the register they spelled his name wrong.
Amarillo was the hub for the railroad and cattle, therefore it grew. Hotels and b…