Introduction to Perryton, Texas
The history of Perryton dates back to the early 1900's when the region had two communities known as "Ochiltree" and "Gray." Residents of these two farming and ranching settlements needed a railroad for economic development. However, when a railroad was finally established, it was situated some distance away from these two communities which led to the merger of Ochiltree and Gray in 1919. It resulted in the birth of the new town, "Perryton," named in honor of the county judge, George M. Perry. At the time of its incorporation, advertisements attracted many settlers. Soon, the city had electrical and water distribution plants, and grain elevators, and gradually emerged as an agribusiness center. The "Sewer-Side Airport" was established near Perryton in 1932. The city grew more prosperous in the 1950s when oil and natural gas reserves were discovered close by. Perryton has been called the "Wheatheart of the Nation" since 1947.
Perryton and Nearby Attractions
- Museum of the Plains
- Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
- Wolf Creek Park & Lake Fryer
- Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
- Beaver Dunes State Park
Things To Do In Perryton
The Museum of the Plains in Perryton showcases exhibits related to the history of the region. Spears, arrowheads, and other tools that were used by Indians, were quarried at the nearby Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. The nearby 520-acre Beaver Dunes State Park has facilities for camping and also features sand dunes, nature trails, and a playground. Swimming, fishing, boating, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Wolf Creek Park & Lake Fryer. The park also has a floating fish dock accessible to people with physical handicaps. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Perryton Municipal Golf Course, Hansford Golf Club, and Booker Country Club.
Air transportation is available from Amarillo International Airport.
Perryton Higher Education
Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Frank Phillips College, and Seward County Community College are located nearby.