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The Two RV Gypsies in Amarillo, Texas, the fourteenth most populous city in the state of Texas and the largest city in the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo was originally named Oneida.
July 12-13, 2012
USA map showing location of TexasUSA map showing location of Amarillo Texas within the USA

history book clipartThe availability of the railroad and freight service provided by the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad contributed to the city's growth as a cattle marketing center in the late 19th century.

Amarillo is the regional economic center for the Texas Panhandle,and is economically important to Eastern New Mexico and the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The city was once the self-proclaimed Helium Capital of the World for having one of the country's most productive helium fields. The city is also known as The Yellow Rose of Texas (as the city takes its name from the Spanish word for yellow), and most recently Rotor City, USA for its V-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft assembly plant.

Amarillo operates one of the largest meat packing areas in the United States. Pantex, the only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility in the country, is also a major employer. The attractions Cadillac Ranch and Big Texan Steak Ranch are located adjacent to Interstate 40. The Two RV Gypsies visited both of these famous places and more.

downtown Amarillo, Texas
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The Big Texan Steak Ranch feeds almost half a million people each year from all over the world. It has been featured in countless TV shows, movies, magazines, and newspapers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Countless movies and sitcoms have featured or parodied the World Famous FREE 72-oz. steak dinner (if eaten in 1 hour).

sign: The Big Texan Steak Ranch
The building is painted a bright yellow, with blue trim.
A large cow statue
advertises the free 72 ounce steak.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch building in Amarillo TX
large cow advertising the 72 ounce steak
laughing clipartLee Duquette and the 72 ounce steak - LOL
Lee Duquette and the 72 ounce steak
Lee Duquette and the 72 ounce steak
a Big Texan boot outside the restaurant
a Big Texan boot
Inside The Big Texan Steak Ranch there were lots of interesting things to see.
a cowhide covered bench
an old stove
Below: someone trying to eat the 72 ounce steak dinner - (He failed).
someone trying to eat the 72 ounce steak dinner
The Two RV Gypsies ate in the balcony so that they could have a table to themselves. Karen took a photograph of the dining area downstairs - group dining.
the dining area
Karen Duquette in a big rocking chair on the back patio of the Big Texan Steak Ranch.
a table shaped like the State of Texas
Karen Duquette in a big rocking chair
a table shaped like the State of Texas
The back patio of the Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant.
The back patio of the Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant & a route 66 sign
indians and a stagecoach
a mess outside the restaurant
Note: Lee ordered a steak that was very good. Karen ordered prime rib and had to send it back because she could not even chew it. She then ordered the same steak that Lee had, but it was not as good as Lee's but she ate it anyway. It is the opinion of the two RV Gypsies that they would not return to this restaurant again, even though it is famous. But it was worth it to try it once.
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Outside The Big Texan Steak Ranch, the Big Texan Motel displayed a row of brightly painted sections, with a swimming pool shaped like the State of Texas, and a sidewalk engraved with some kind of symbols. The two RV Gypsies did not stay at the hotel, they had their RV at a campground.
the Big Texan Motel
the Big Texan Motel
engraved sidewalk
swimming pool shaped like the State of Texas
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Gray County Rest Area
The Big Texan Steak Ranch
Cadillac Ranch
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Jeep Tour of Palo Duro
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