The Texas Panhandle has a lot of treasures to discover. There are stories we hear all the time about people finding all kinds of neat things using a metal detector. That is what we are hoping for with this upcoming event. Treasures galore in this Texas Panhandle area.

Have you heard about Jericho on 66? It's an area on Historic Route 66 that is being brought back to its glory. Jericho is a little town outside Clarendon and the hunt is on. During all of the cleanup process and all the hard work is a day to hunt the treasures you can find below. Below the ground. Just think of the possibilities.

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Do you like to hunt treasures? Do you own a metal detector? Or can you get your hands on one for the day? You are invited to join in on this day of fun and this day of treasures. Just the idea of what could be buried in those grounds.

All of the history that could be discovered. You are free to keep any little treasure that you find. Now they only stipulate that if it is something big that will lead to the story of the history of the city, they want to keep that.

I mean that makes sense. This is a historical place being brought back to life so big stuff will be used in telling its story. Even if you find something big that you can't keep you will always have the joy of that find.

You will know it will be there to tell the story of Jericho.

The hunt is planned for May 12th. This is a full-day hunt from 9 am until 5 pm. Make sure you come dressed for the hunt with your sunscreen. Also, make sure you have your metal detector and shovels to dig.

If you want to follow the story of Jericho this Facebook page has all the details HERE.

LOOK: This "Amarillo Pictorial" is an Amazing Collection of Historical Photos!

Wow. Just wow.

Robbi McDaniel Rivers dug up this incredible magazine published in 1931. You'll find the many Amarillo buildings and landmarks that you know and love--they're brand new in these photos!


Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

Historical Smith-Rogers Home in Amarillo

The Smith-Rogers home was originally built in 1904 by Amarillo settlers James Bynum and Marie Lowery Smith. The home was located at 1101 S. Taylor. It was moved to its current location 4841 SW 9th Avenue in 1945 by then-owner Jesse A. Rogers.

The home has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, on 1.16 acres. The home includes a detached 2-car garage with a 1 bedroom/1 bath apartment.

It is a a Texas Historical Landmark and the marker reads:

"This house was built for early Amarillo settlers James Bynum and Marie Lowery Smith c. 1904, and was originally located at 1101 South Taylor Street. The home was purchased in 1945 by Jesse A. Rogers, who planned to move his car dealership to the site. Instead of razing the house, he had it moved to its present site to serve as his family’s home. At the time of its relocation, architect C.W. Brott made changes to the original design. The classical revival style house now features leaded glass windows, roof cresting and interior woodwork from the 1900s and brick veneer, balustrades and full-height columns from the 1940s."

The home was on the market in October 2023 and listed for $945,000 by Sabre Cofer with EXP Realty

Gallery Credit: Lori Crofford

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