Blanco Canyon Quanah Parker Trail arrow
The twenty-two-foot-tall steel arrow scuplture remembering the Battle of Blanco Canyon is dwarfed by the height of the steep cliffs the Quahadi Comanches ascended in escaping Mackenzie's forces in 1871.
Texas Fifty-Two-Step Tour

THE 52-COUNTY TEXAS PLAINS TRAIL is the largest of the ten Heritage Trails Regions of Texas, an award-winning heritage tourism initiative of the Texas Historical Commission. We help you discover the real places that tell the real stories of Texas--places you'll want to explore on vacations, road trips, hikes, weekend excursions with your family and friends.

We invite you to join us throughout 2015 for our Texas Fifty-Two-Step Tour--every Wednesday online, and in person whenever you're ready to hit the road! Follow along with a different county each week, from Armstrong to Yoakum. Visit us at to plan your adventure by city, site, theme, or event. Watch your e-mail newsletter weekly for fun facts, games, prizes, and travel ideas.

Download our THC regional travel guide here (pdf).
And we'll see you along the trail!  
Assiter Punkin Ranch & Pumpkin Barn
The Assiter Punkin Ranch & Pumpkin Barn, a working farm demonstrating Floyd County's strong agricultural heritage, is one of the popular destinations for visitors to Floyd County in the fall.
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Floyd County, Texas
Floyd County, TX 
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IN 1541 FRANCISCO VÁSQUEZ DE CORONADO camped in the shelter of Blanco Canyon on his quest for the mythical Seven Golden Cities, an expedition that involved some 1,200 Native American allies, 300 Spanish soldiers, and a number of Franciscan friars. Fray Juan de Padilla celebrated the Mass of Ascension Day in the canyon in the spring of 1541. More than three hundred years later, in fall 1871, Blanco Canyon (in present-day Floyd and Crosby Counties) would witness one of the most decisive clashes of the US military's campaign against Comanche domination, and one of the most frustrating for the army. After pursuing a small group of Comanches into the canyon near the White River, Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie's advance troops found themselves ambushed. Although Mackenzie's reinforcements, aided by Tonkawa scouts, came to their defense, the Comanches slipped their grasp by retreating gradually up the bluffs and canyon walls, sniping and taunting as they went and disappearing across the Llano Estacado and leaving behind their lodgings and possessions. Several days later, on the afternoon October 12, when the pursuing army had almost caught up with the Comanches and felt victory within their grasp, an unseasonal blue norther suddenly blew in across the plain. In the blinding snow and sleet Quanah Parker's band slipped away, to end Mackenzie's foray for the season. Today these stories are told at the Floyd County Historical Museum, which among its many historical and prehistorical artifacts preserves a chain-mail gauntlet left behind by Coronado's men.  (Information from and

Texas Historical Commission HISTORICAL MARKERS AND SITES   The Texas Historical Commission's online Texas Historical Sites Atlas  guides you to locations and information on museums, cemeteries, military sites, historical markers, national register properties, and more--including 41 listings in Floyd County.  Click and explore for history on your desktop! 
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FoFloydada Whirlwindsunded  1876  County seat  Floydada
Population  6,446

Communities   Aiken    Dougherty   FLoydada   Lockney    South Plains 

Mascots  Floydada Whirlwinds, Lockney Longhorns

Floyd County was named for Dolphin Ward Floyd, who died on his 32nd birthday, March 6, 1836, defending the Alamo.  

Floyd County Courthouse, Floydada, Texas
Floyd County Courthouse, Floydada, Texas
is the heart of a wide, brick-paved square in Floydada, which won election as county seat in 1890 by a vote or 50 to 33. The square comes alive in mid-October each year when the city celebrates Punkin Day, acknowledging its role as Pumpkin Capital USA. The abundance and variety of the county's pumpkin crop is evident in fields throughout the fall, and at the Assiter Punkin Ranch & Pumpkin Barn (on TX Highway 207 south of town) and at busy farm stands and packing plants. Visitors of all ages come to pick their pumpkin-and to enjoy arts and crafts, rides, games, and other family fun.
Pumpkin picker, Punkin Day
Pumpkin picker, Punkin Day

Floyd County Historical Museum 
Floyd County Historical Museum
     All year long in Floydada, though, you can learn about the area's rich agricultural, ranching, settlement, social, and military history at the Floyd County Historical Museum, housed in the building at 105 E. Missouri Street that was once the mercantile establishment of C. Surginer & Son. Their Mary Lou Bollman Collection is a geneaolgist's dream, with local, statewide, and global resources available for study. The Floyd County Library is another welcoming spot on the square, with free Wi-Fi in a comfortable reading space for
Bob Hambright, Boston Terrier Museum
Bob Hambright shows one of the thousands of vintage and contemporary artifacts bearing the image of the Boston Terrier.
adults and children alike, that does double duty as a gallery of local art. Also on and near the square you'll find Don Hardy's Classic Cars, a collection of vintage automobiles restored by local (but world-renowned) race car builder Don Hardy. Another niche collection is the Boston Terrier Museum at 723 West Kentucky, once the local hospital and now filled with thousands of artifacts bearing images of the iconic breed. Call (806) 983-5010 for hours or appointment.
    After a meal at one of Floydada's local eateries, such as the Covey Steak House, Neilson's, or Ray Ray's, relax and take the kids to Floydada Park, where a new swimming pool is slated for completion soon.
     Leaving Floydada via US 70 North will bring you to the town of Lockney, where the Longhorns are the cross-county sports rivals of the Floydada Whirlwinds. Lockney boasts a branch library, main-street boutique shopping, and a restful, welcoming Veterans' Memorial Park.
Veteran's Memorial Park, Lockney, Texas
Veteran's Memorial Park, Lockney, Texas

     On the opposite corner of Floyd County, in the rugged landscape of the caprock escarpment, is a remnant of railroad days. Clarity Tunnel, a Texas Recorded Landmark that is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was the last remaining operational railroad tunnel in Texas; when the Forth Worth & Denver Railway removed its trackage, the abandoned right-of-way was reopened in 1993 as part of the national Rails-to-Trails program. Today the Caprock Canyons Trailway is open to foot, bicycle, and equestrian traffic. Excursions to the view the colony of Mexican free-tailed bats at Clarity Tunnel are scheduled by the staff of Caprock Canyons State Park; the Trailway is accessible at a number of entry points outside of park grounds, including the Floyd County site at South Plains.       Wherever you travel in Floyd County, you'll encounter wide vistas of fields and canyons, historic country churches, and schoolhouses that hark back to this area's fascinating heritage. 
Lockney Farmers Market mural
The weekly summer Farmers Market in Lockney is graced with a mural by Lockney artist Joseph Garnett, whose work on album covers is recognized internationally.
Bigfoot sculptures
Though the Sasquatch isn't known to be native to Lockney, Bigfoot's likenesses in sheet metal, created at Lockney's Carthel Corral.

Floydada's Old Settlers Reunion takes place on the Saturday before each Memorial Day (in 2015, Sat., May 23), with games, arts & crafts, a car show, music, food, and more, in addition to recognitions of longtime community members. This year, on Friday, May 22, a historical marker commemorating the Battle of Blanco Canyon will be unveiled. Watch our newsletter for

Another momentous occasion in Floydada takes place Sat., June 13, 2015, with an Open House and birthday cake to celebrate Don Hardy's 75th birthday. The event is open to the public at Don Hardy's Classic Cars, 201 E. Missouri St.


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  Floyd County card
Our Texas Fifty-Two-Step Deck of Cards is a sweet deal to help plan your trip. Pre-order yours now--each face summarizes a different county's travel highlights. $5.95 per deck (plus tax & shipping), in custom tuck box. Keep a deck in the glove compartment. Or use them in your favorite game of Texas Hold 'Em or Fifty-Two-Card Pickup!

Retailers and Texas Plains Trail partners, please contact us at 806.747.1997 or for bulk sales and shipping.

Flat 52 Car Cutout As you travel the 52 counties of the Texas Plains Trail Region, take our Plains Trail kids and dog along with you -- in our #C52NTX 1952 DeSoto Ragtop (pdf). Download and print the graphic on heavy paper on your own color printer. Cut along the dashed line. Then glue a stir stick or popsicle stick to the back -- and feature it in your photos of destinations all around the region. Along the way, share your pix to
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TX Highway 52 "52" TRIVIA TIME
Saturday, May 2, 2015, kicks off National Travel and Tourism Week, an annual event that acknowledges the importance of tourism across the United States with local celebrations and events. Make plans to travel in the Texas Plains Trail Region on 5/2! 

Floyd County License Plate
Like us on Facebook for regular event and travel updates. "See 52 in Texas" and discover great destinations by following our #C52NTX hashtag on Twitter, and statewide travel info on #TexasToDo. For driving and weather conditions, visit And please with your Texas traveling friends!
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Texas Time Travel posters
It's quiz time! We've got great prizes to share.

To win a full set of these attractive 24 x 30 Texas Heritage Trails posters, suitable for framing, be the first to email us with the correct identification of this place, located in next week's featured county.

Next week's county is known for its dark skies-and a state park where you can kiss a Texas longhorn Name the county and its seat to win a prize!
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Hunt for History on Amarillo's Historic Route 66 PARTNER AND DESTINATION REMINDER
Partners, do take this opportunity to review your community, site, and event information on our Texas Plains Trail website as well as your own sites. We'll want to add your photos, update any obsolete contact info, add your events, and enhance your text content before your week comes up.  Consult the Texas Fifty-Two-Step schedule (pdf), and email with me with updates or questions.

Did you know you can add your own events to the website? You'll need event name, date and time, location and address, and contact info -- and for best results, a photo. Post your festivals and heritage events now!

Like those Texas Fifty-Two-Step county license plate graphics? They are available free to partners for promotional use. Click and scroll down to select, then download your desired images. Please credit Texas Plains Trail/Tomato Graphics.

Our campaign has been designed by a team of creative minds. Our thanks go to Rock Langston of Tomato Graphics, Amarillo, for the design of campaign components and to Stephanie Price of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, for the #C52NTX concept. Barbara Brannon is responsible for copywriting and the weekly newsletter. Photo credits: 1952 blue Chevy Styleline, Hemmings Motor News; 1952 red DeSoto, Daniel Schmitt & Co.; 1952 blue Chevy rear 3/4 view, Walt Pinkston.

On May 2, 2015 (5/2, get it?) we'll be kicking off National Travel & Tourism Week, in our region with a Hunt for History on Route 66 in Amarillo, focusing on the value of tourism to our nation, state, and region. Download your passport and start hunting!

Every week's issue is archived on our website. Click here and scroll to search and download your county!
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