From the bloggers at Backroad Planet
Until I visited for the first time, the only thing I knew about the largest city in the Texas Panhandle was the song “Amarillo By Morning” as recorded by George Strait. That left me little to go on, but I was about to be immersed head-first into the wonders of the Lone Star State as part of an erratic road trip that would take me to Lubbock, Grapevine, Waco, and Granbury.
But up first, Amarillo . . . .
I landed at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, named for the Amarillo native and Commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia who perished in the skies over his home state when the spacecraft disintegrated upon re-entry on February 1, 2003. A bronze statue dedicated to his memory stands in the airport waiting area.
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