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Clarendon, TX


Donley County

Population in July 2008: 2,000. Population change since 2000: +1.3%

In the spring of 1878, a charismatic Methodist minister led a group of colonists to a junction on the salt fork of the Red River in the Texas Panhandle. They set out to create a utopia where sin and vice would be unknown, and the virtues of temperance and education would reign forever. The town was named

Clarendon, but less genteel neighbors to calling it something else- Saints' Roost.






 Average Rainfall

20 inches

 Average Temperature

60 degrees


60 miles southeast of Amarillo on Hwy. 287

18 miles south of I-40 off Hwy. 70    

Nearest Cities

Dallas: 295 miles

El Paso: 492 miles

San Antonio: 430 miles

Houston: 517 miles

Government Type


Mayor, Type A


4 Commissioners

Law Enforcement

Sheriff, Constable, DPS

Fire Department








.0825 (1/2 cent economic development tax)




1 MD, 2 PA

Emergency Medical

Ambulance, EMT

Nursing Home



Clarendon Enterprise (weekly)


KEFH 99.3


Valor Telecom

Internet Access

Public Library, Clarendon College


Saints' Roost Museum


Burton Memorial, Clarendon College

Public Records

County Courthouse


1 Elementary

1 Junior High

1 High School

Clarendon College

Workforce training available


Greenbelt Electric        


Greenlight Gas


Greenbelt Water Authority

Waste Treatment

City of Clarendon, Imhoff type


280,000 gal.

Average Daily Use

220,000 gal.


3 local banks


Panhandle Transit         

Airport: Local,3200-foot, paved

Burlington Northern-Santa Fe (rail)

Highways US Hwy 287 East/West  

Texas Hwy 70 North/South

18 miles south of Interstate 40

Lodging 2 motels (31 rooms)   6 Bed & Breakfasts   1 Dude Ranch

6 RV Parks


Greenbelt Lake

Public park

Tennis Courts

Baseball Fields

18-hole Golf Course

Taylor Lakes Playa Wildlife Management Area

James Pinckney Rodgers Bird Sanctuary

Hunting Outfitters, Private Leases



Meeting Facilities

Community Center      250

Clarendon Country Club     150

Clarendon College     300


Housing Authority (city)

County Extension Offices

County Attorney

Justice of the Peace

County Judge

Probation Office

Treasurer's Office

Department of Health (TX)

Department of Human Resources (TX)

Department of Public Safety (TX)

Department of Transportation (TX)

Department of Public Safety (TX)

Agricultural Service Center (US)

Consolidated Farm Service (US)



US Post Office


Antiques, Retail


Historical Homes & Churches

Saints Roost 4th of July Celebration and Rodeo

Kid Fish

Jr. Livestock Show

Sandell Drive In Theater

Col. Charles Goodnight Chuckwagon Cookoff


Clarendon College is the oldest institution of higher education in the Texas Panhandle, having been established in 1898 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  The College was successfully administered by the church through the first quarter of the 20th Century.

The original college was moved to Abilene and became McMurry University.  The Clarendon Independent School Board purchased the college property and Clarendon College was re-established in 1927 as a non-sectarian junior college.  It is maintained, in part, by property taxes in the Clarendon College District (Donley County).

The College was recognized by the Texas Education Agency and the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities in 1927.  The College separated from the school district and moved to its present location in 1968.  Clarendon College now operates from a beautiful 107-acre campus on the west edge of Clarendon.  Eight counties comprise the College's service area. Clarendon College is one of the 50 state–assisted community colleges in the Texas system. 


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