Amarillo sits at the heart of Route 66 and has some of the most iconic spots along the entire California-to-Chicago highway. The legendary Big Texan Steakhouse gained popularity in the 1960s with Route 66 travelers as the towering cowboy welcomed travelers to the city.
We’re also well known for the famed Cadillac Ranch built in 1974. But our history is also rich in commercial success. Our central location has long been leveraged by businesses throughout and beyond the southwest. The Fort Worth & Denver City Railroad that runs diagonally across the panhandle of Texas alongside the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe lines running northeast to southwest all converge in Amarillo. This gave ranchers access to US markets that they still rely on today, along with the latest advancements in renewable energy being shipped from Amarillo to the globe.
Historic Route 66 is still a vibrant stretch of road, attracting tourists and locals who enjoy the distinctive restaurants and stores.