I have been pot farming and gardening since 1968 on my cousin's ranch in south central Montana while I was still in high school. I first began as a gardener for personal pleasure, then found I could sell enough quantities of my seedlings to make a little money to put gas in my car so I became a farmer.
Amarillo, Texas has had a rich tradition of live music venues featuring local, regional and well-known music artists since the town was established in 1887. This page will introduce some Amarillo live music history and the folks who made it all happen. I have provided links to recorded music samples where available.
Mary Tom was born Aug. 27, 1918, in Vernon to Verna Johnson and Sal Morgan,a prominent oil and gas attorney. The last of three children, she moved to Amarillo at age 7 and never wanted to leave.
Mary Tom graduated from Amarillo High School and Stephens College. She attended the University of Texas and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. She married David Rasco, in 1941; he preceded her in death in 1955. After his death, she worked as a journalist at the Amarillo Globe-News, where she wrote an advice column and a health and science column.
I doubt there are many traditions in the Texas Panhandle that have been observed every year since 1888. Independence Day celebrations and rodeo in Canadian, Texas is one example and if there are others, I would like to hear about them!
I attended the parade and filmed all the participants. I edited the video down highlighting each entry to shorten viewing time.
I first covered the Oldham County Roundup in Vega Texas during 2004 shooting stills and video. I have covered many annual county celebrations throughout the Panhandle and I declare this one is one of my favorites.
For visitors, I recommend arranging for lodging in Vega for Friday night. The following video clip starts with the BBQ and street dance Friday evening then finishes up with highlights on the courthouse square.