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    Heritage Preservation

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    Impressionist Autumn

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    Dark Energy

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    Crack Of Day

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    A Road Less Traveled

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Helium Time Columns Monument

The Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument was erected and dedicated in 1968 in order to commemorate the discovery of helium gas near Amarillo. The sixty-six foot high stainless steel structure was originally located northwest of the intersection at I-40 and Nelson where the American Quarter Horse Association headquarters is located today.  During 1982, the monument was flown from that location by helicopter to its current location. You can read more about the extraordinary move in an article from the Amarillo Globe-News

The monument was designed to house four time capsules in each of the columns with each capsule to be opened in increments of 25, 50, 100, and 1,000 years from the date it was erected.  More than 1,000 items were placed in the capsules and preserved in helium gas. The first time capsule was opened during a two day celebration in May 1993 and the contents are now housed in the Don Harrington Discovery Center located just north of the monument. The monument also includes a depiction of the helium atom at the juncture of the four columns and the whole structure including the concrete base it sits on serves as a sun dial.

The United States government began production of the rare element in Potter County during 1929 yielding the largest reserve ever discovered to date. This led to the City of Amarillo to promote itself as The Helium Capitol of the the World. You can read more about helium production in the United States and how it became so important to the Amarillo region by The Handbook of Texas.

The US Department of the Interior still manages a reserve of helium administered by the Bureau of Land Management with field offices in Amarillo. Want to learn more about the second most abundant element in the universe?  Read more about helium here.




I am currently gathering information and photos featuring some of the oldest buildings in Miami.  If you have stories to tell, old photos, news clippings or anything at all about some of our older buildings in Miami then I would like to hear and see what you have to share.  All of this information is intended to be shared with all and help build some community pride in the history of our community.

Thanks for your input!

Walking History Tour

Miami is a fairly small community and most of the historical sites are within an easy walking distance from the Roberts County Museum. The digital tour guide mobile app iTour Go! will help you discover some of the more significant buildings and sites and is available for free using iTour Go!.

Discover where the first bank was doing business in 18**, how the county school system has changed since 18**, the locations of early churches and saloons and much more! Each location on the walking tour has brief information available about each site in the app and a link to even more detailed information on a web page.

To Use This Tour

First, you will need to download the iTour Go! application from Google Play Store. Once the app is installed on your Android mobile device, you can use the regional listing option which works best from your current location.  If you are already in Miami, simply press the View Attractions & Tours button to see a listing of attractions and tours in the area.

Tap on the listing for Miami History Tour to see a detail page including a link to this page.  Tap the ==== icon to download the free tour.  Photos and brief information for each stop along the tour will be downloaded to your device using storage on your SD card if available.  Once the tour has finished downloading, tap the My Tours button and the tour will be listed. Tap on the listing then tap on the === button to begin the tour.

NOTE: All listings of Attractions, Tours and Tour Points of Interest will be listed in order of proximity to your current location. The distances shown to each POI are "as the crow flies" distances, not navigational distances. Tap on the round Google Maps icon if you need help navigating your way to the site.  If you are using a mobile device such as a tablet with only Wi-Fi internet data service, you will not see icons or links available to detailed web pages or Google Maps if no data connection is available.  The tour information is still available along with proximity alarms if your device has GPS hardware available.   Please be aware that downloading tour information, viewing detailed web pages and using Google Maps navigation will impact your mobile cell data quota if W-Fi is not available to your device when using these features.


This tour is still a work in progress.

POIs for this tour will include:

  • Roberts County Museum
  • Roberts County Courthouse
  • Ferg's Cafe
  • Oldest Bank Building
  • Cottage Hotel
  • Locke Cattle Co Building
  • Methodist Church
  • Church of Christ Church
  • Old Theatre
  • Christian Church
  • Miami School
  • Roberts County Park
  • any other sites deemed to be worthy of the project.



This is a holding page where information will be added about driving through Palo Duro Canyon State Park and using the iTour Go app along the way.


This is the end of the page.

The Rafter B Cafe is the only restaurant in Miami, Texas.  Hours of operation are 6am - 3pm Monday - Thursday.

There needs to be a lot more information added to this page so don't lollygag around and be foolish enough to throw away a good opportunity to show off our home town.