In 2016 we did a stagecoach run named ‘Last Stage To Matador’. We started this stagecoach run in Clarendon, coached 42 miles around one corner of the JA Ranch, thru Turkey Texas, Quitaque Texas, to Caprock Canyon State Park on the south end of Palo Duro Canyon, and on down to Matador Texas.  It was a fantastic trip. We were blessed with hundreds of pen pal letters from elementary kids from the West Plains Missouri area and exchanged them with the great elementary kids we met in Texas. We made some new friends and had good times with old friends too. We also created a book we are so proud of called, ‘Last Stage To Matador’…go figure!

Now let’s forward time to May 2020….back to Texas! We will be finishing up our route next month and will be south of Palo Duro State Park finding ranch roads to stagecoach on. We have met some great friends who will be helping us meet other ranchers and securing our route.

Palo Duro Canyon is south of Amarillo Texas and has an amazing history. The first evidence of humans living in the canyon dates back to about 10,000-15,000 years ago. The first European explorers to discover the canyon were members of the Coronado expedition, who visited the canyon in 1541. A United States military team under Captain Randolph B Marcy mapped the canyon in 1852 during their search for the Red River headwaters. In 1876, Charles Goodnight and John Adair established the JA Ranch in Palo Duro Canyon.

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States.

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