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Like many Texas towns, a railroad genesis; established as stop on Fort
Worth and Denver City Railroad in 1887. Today the seat of Armstrong County.
Grain elevators and stockyards indicate major agricultural production.
Shoppers attracted by several antique shops.
Wood Chips: a personal collection
by R.T. "Windy" Wood
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ARMSTRONG COUNTY MUSEUM - In three adjoining downtown
buildings; museum tells history of Armstrong County. Features display on
Boy Scouts, since Claude has one of oldest Scout Troops west of the Mississippi.
Restored Gem Theater next door used for education and entertainment programs.
Open Tues. - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sun. 1 to 5 p.m. One-half block north
of U.S 287.
SCENIC DRIVE - One of the most impressive drives in state
is Texas 207 south toward Silverton. For miles agricultural riches spread
from horizon to horizon; then the highway plunges into scenic grandeur
at Palo Duro Canyon. Descend at a moderate speed, both for safety and to
absorb beauty that unfolds in a riot of colors. In the nine-mile-wide canyon
(which extends a hundred miles from northwest to southeast) is the Prairie
Dog Town Fork of the Red River, a seemingly insignificant stream to have
carved such an immense gash in the Plains.
Farther south the highway drops into another beautiful
gorge, Tule Canyon. More varieties of rock strata are visible, and some
magnificent sheer-faced, knife-edged buttes.