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Washita

(Encyclopedia) Washita wŏsh´ĭtô [key], river, c.450 mi (720 km) long, rising in the Texas Panhandle near the Okla. line and flowing generally SE across Oklahoma to Lake Texoma or the…

Llano Estacado

(Encyclopedia) Llano Estacado lä´nō ĕstəkä´dō [key] or Staked Plain, level, semiarid, plateaulike region of the S Great Plains, c.40,000 sq mi (103,600 sq km), E N.Mex. and W…

Amarillo

(Encyclopedia) Amarillo ămərĭl´ō, –´ə [key], city (1990 pop. 157,615), seat of Potter co., N Tex.; inc. 1899. The commercial and industrial center of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo grew…

Goodnight, Charles

(Encyclopedia) Goodnight, Charles, 1836–1929, Texas cattleman, b. Macoupin co., Ill. He went to Texas in 1846, where he joined the Texas Rangers and became a noted scout and…

Red River

(Encyclopedia) Red River. 1 River, 1,222 mi (1,967 km) long, southernmost of the large tributaries of the Mississippi River. It rises in two branches in the Texas Panhandle and…

Coronado, Francisco Vásquez de

(Encyclopedia) Coronado, Francisco Vásquez de fränthēs´kō väs´kāth dā kōrōnä´ᵺō [key], c.1510–1554, Spanish explorer. He went to Mexico with Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza and in 1538 was…

Red River (North America)

Red River. 1 River, 1,222 mi (1,967 km) long, southernmost of the large tributaries of the Mississippi River. It rises in two branches in the Texas Panhandle and flows SE between Texas and Oklahoma…

December 2002 Disasters

Dec. 4–5, eastern U.S.: A major winter storm swept across the country from Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle all the way to the Carolinas and the northeast coast. Ice and snow downed power…

Texas Overview

(Encyclopedia) Texas tĕk´səs [key], largest state in the coterminous United States. It is located in the south-central part of the country and is bounded by Oklahoma, across the Red…

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1513 After Juan Ponce de León, a Spanish explorer, helped conquer what is now the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, he secured a commission to conquer and colonize the island of "Bimini", an…