Battle of the North Fork of the Red River
In September of 1872, in an area a few miles south of Pampa near McClellan Creek, a detachment of the US Army surprised a large village of Kotsoteka Comanches, killing more than 50 and capturing the rest. The battle marked a turning point in the Texas Indian wars, as it was the first time the whites had struck at the heart of Comanche territory. A Texas Historical Marker on Highway 70 marks the approximate site of the battle.
Freedom Museum USA, 600 N. Hobart, . Tues-Sat 12-4PM. This somewhat ambitiously named museum hosts a modest collection of war memorabilia and strives to keep alive the memory of the Pampa Army Air Base, a pilot and mechanic training facility which existed during WWII.edit
Little Red Schoolhouse, Highway 70 North at FM282 (just north of town at the intersection with the airport loop). This one-room schoolhouse was built and used during the 1930's. You can't go inside, but it's worth stopping by for a photo.edit
Prairie dog town, 116 S. Cuyler (next to a large pond near the intersection of Texas 273 and Loop 171 on the southeast side of town), ☎ 806 669 8041. A large colony of prairie dogs as well as various species of larks and hawks can be seen here.edit
White Deer Land Museum. Tue-Sun, 1-4PM. This museum is housed in the 80-year-old restored Land Office Building. It contains many artifacts of the early pioneers and the Western heritage of Texas and Gray County. Guided tours.Free. edit
Woody Guthrie Folk Music Center, 320 South Cuyler, ☎ 806 669 3241, . Center dedicated to the story of the folk music legend who began his musical career here, buying his first guitar in Pampa in the 1930s. The center is located in the old Harris Drug store which was brand new at the time, and sells souvenirs and memorabilia celebrating the famed musician.edit
AmericInn Lodge and Suites of Pampa, 1101 N. Hobart. Tel.806-665-4404. (email@example.com), .
Best Western Northgate Inn, 2831 Perryton Parkway (Hwy. 70 North). Tel.806-665-0926, .
Black Gold Motel, 12020 East Frederic. Tel.806-665-5723.
Cottonwood Springs Guest Ranch, Hwy. 70 North., Tel.806-665-7126, (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 24 miles north of town in the caprocks, this working ranch offers quiet accommodations.
Holiday Inn Express, 3119 Perryton Pkwy, I-70 North near the hospital, 806 665 9500.
Hampton Inn & Suites of Pampa, 2820 North Perryton Parkway, Pampa, ☎ (806) 669-1555, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. The Hampton Inn of Pampa offers business-class accommodations with deluxe lodging amenities, free breakfast, free Internet, swimming pool, and meeting facilitiesedit
Black Kettle National Grassland, northeast about 55 miles on Texas highway 60 (Look for the turnoff about 10 miles beyond Canadian). Part of Cibola National Forest. While most of this park is in Oklahoma, this separate 576-acre park includes Lake Marvin, providing a beautiful relaxation spot for any Panhandle traveller who misses seeing lots of trees.
McClellan Creek National Grassland, 18 miles to the south on highway 70, 580 497 2143. Part of Cibola National Forest, this park has passable campground facilities and RV hook-ups, and offers fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. Be cautious of rattlesnakes.
Lake Meredith, at Fritch, has good boating facilities and is a popular fishing spot.
Perryton, north of highway 60, has a museum with exhibits on the Panhandle Plains Villagers of pre-colonization times.
Square House Museum, in Panhandle, 30 minutes west on Highway 60.
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