Introduction to Childress, Texas
Childress was formed from two competitor townships, Henry and Childress. In February 1887, when the Fort Worth and Denver Railway arrived, the county of Childress was established. After an election in April of the same year, it was decided that Childress would be the county seat. A dispute followed and the election was declared illegal as it was believed that Henry had a smoother terrain than Childress. In another election, Henry was chosen as the county seat. The name of the city was changed from 'Henry' to 'Childress' and by September 1887, businesses and residences of the city were relocated.
Childress and Nearby Attractions
- Childress County Heritage Museum
- Copper Breaks State Park
- Baylor Lake
- Collingsworth County Museum
- Engine 501
- Fair Park Rotary Bowl
Things To Do In Childress
Stoney Ridge Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course with a swimming pool and pro shop. Fair Park, which is the city park, has a large lake, walking trails, and picnic areas as well. Baylor Lake, which is situated at some distance from Childress, is a popular spot for fishing. Another popular attraction is Engine 501 which is based in Armstrong Park. This engine was presented to the City by the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad in 1959. Childress County Heritage Museum houses artifacts that depict the culture and history of the region. Opportunities for recreation are also available at parks like Quartz Mountain State Park, Foss State Park, and Great Plains State Park located some distance away from the city.
The closest major airport is Amarillo International Airport.
Childress Higher Education
Clarendon College is the local college. Western Oklahoma State College and Vernon College are located nearby.