Did your kids grow up watching Arthur on PBS? Maybe they are watching him with his wacky adventures now. My daughter loved that show. It debuted the same year she was born. He has been on the air since 1996.

So that means that this will be his twenty fifth season this year. The news came out earlier that this will also be his final season. No more Arthur? Luckily I feel in twenty five years we have tons of shows so plenty of reruns. I don't think Arthur will truly ever go away.

That is important because the show has tackled many tough life changing topics. They have had shows about asthma, cancer, autism, dyslexia, racism and even mental health. Kids have learned so much from the character Arthur. They love his show and even the books it was based on "Arthur Adventure" by Marc Brown.

We can't say goodbye to Arthur without a celebration fit for Amarillo. That is why Panhandle PBS is bringing him to town so we can all say goodbye. According to a recent press release here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 10, 2-4 p.m.: Panhandle Pediatrics and Young Pediatrics welcome Arthur. Guests can meet Arthur and grab a Purple Flamingo Pop at 1500 S. Coulter.
  • Thursday, August 12, 2-4 p.m.: Back to School Summer Splash Bash with Panhandle PBS at Memorial Park.
  • Friday, August 13, 6-8 p.m.: Arthur will meet and take photos with his friends at Wonderland Park.
  • Sunday, August 15: Arthur visits Hodgetown for an Amarillo Sod Poodles game, sponsored by Family Medicine Center.

This will be a big time for you and your family. Make sure you give Arthur the proper sendoff here in Amarillo.

Check Out The Original Names For These Amarillo Streets

It's hard to imagine these well-known Amarillo streets as any other name. Try to imagine giving directions to someone while using their original names. Gets tricky, doesn't it?

The new names (that we currently know them by) came mostly from associates of Henry Luckett, who drew the first map of the area. When this took place exactly, records do not show, but the street name revamp is covered extensively in 'Old Town Amarillo' by Judge John Crudgington, published in the Plains Historical Review in 1957.

Downtown Amarillo Over The Years

Downtown Amarillo has seen an incredible metamorphosis. Take a look at the photos below to see just how much it's changed--you won't believe the difference.


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