Amarillo is a unique place. Somehow, it seems that Yellow City has a way of stealing the spotlight when you least expect it.

For instance, do you know what connects Amarillo to our Founding Fathers?

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First, We Have To Start With The Declaration of Independence

Confused yet? The tie between Amarillo and the legendary Founding Fathers is the Declaration of Independence.

In a...roundabout way.

The Declaration of Independence is a very important document in our nation's history; a fact that really should go without saying. It's the kind of thing you want to keep safe, and not let fall prey to the elements.

That's why every effort has been made to keep it safe.


In fact, it was put in a very special bullet proof case and filled with a very special gas. Know what it was?

Helium. Humidified helium to be exact. The helium was added to combat the corrosive nature of air.

Yes, It Is The Helium That Binds Us

Amarillo is famous for more than just half-buried cars in the middle of a field. Yellow City is, or at the very least was, the helium capital of the world.

Michael J. Rivera, Townsquare Media
Michael J. Rivera, Townsquare Media

Yes, the gas that keeps balloons in the sky and makes you sound like the Chipmunks is a major part of Amarillo's history. We even have a monument in its honor.

So, if you're playing a game of "Six Degrees To Kevin Bacon" and someone starts with Amarillo, use the Declaration of Independence to get to Nicolas Cage and go from there.

Connect The Dots; Do The Math

So what is it that connects Amarillo, Texas to our nation's Founding Fathers? A gas that many of us only think of as nothing more than something on our list of party supplies.

It's the helium that binds us.

Recently, news came out that the massive and historic helium plant in Amarillo was going up for auction. Follow this link for details.

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