Introduction to Hereford, Texas
The settlement of Hereford was established in the late 1890s, and witnessed growth and development following the construction of the Pecos and Northern Texas Railway in 1899. It was initially known as "Blue Water", because of the waters of Tierra Blanca Creek. However, since another community in Texas had the same name, the town was renamed Hereford after the Hereford cattle brought to the area by ranchers. In the early 1900s, Hereford was a thriving railroad town with a school, a bank, a newspaper, and churches. It was first incorporated on February 13, 1903, and reincorporated in 1906. Hereford was known as "The Windmill City" in the early 1900s because of the presence of more than 400 windmills in the city. In the late 1940s, Hereford gained the reputation of being the "town without a toothache". This fact was attributed to the natural fluoride in the region's water. Edgar Mitchell, the 6th man to walk on the moon, was born in Hereford.
Hereford and Nearby Attractions
- Deaf Smith County Historical Museum
- Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
- Wonderland Park
- Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
- Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
- Hillcrest Zoo
Things To Do In Hereford
The city of Hereford is home to the Deaf Smith County Historical Museum, which features Indian and western artifacts, a unique miniature hand-carved three-ring circus, windmill and farm implements, a chapel, a jail cell, and a country store. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum showcases the historical and cultural heritage of Northwest Texas, while Amarillo Museum of Art houses the artworks of Edward Steichen, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Franz Kline. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument is a place of historic interest near Hereford. Various activities like hiking, mountain biking, camping, and horseback riding can be pursued at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Hereford also offers easy access to popular destinations like Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Hillcrest Zoo, and Wonderland Park.
The closest major airport is Amarillo International Airport.
Hereford Higher Education
Colleges near Hereford include the West Texas A & M University, Clovis Community College, Wayland Baptist University, and Amarillo College.