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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon

The Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is often claimed that Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. 
The largest, the Grand Canyon, is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and 6,000 ft. deep.

It is located in Northern Texas 27 miles southeast of Amarillo. It’s a 2 hour drive from my home. I visited there 30 years ago when my parents took me to see the play “Texas”. The play takes place outdoors in the hills of the canyon during the summer months and is amazing to see. 
I’m hoping to make a return visit someday.

The Palo Duro Canyon

    God with his infinite power, millions of years ago
    In some important hour carved the Palo Duro.
    He leveled the plains around it and capped it with a rim of stone...
    Most any child can bound it, creation, that's God's own.

    In the center he placed great rocks, and springs on the mountainside...
    Then flowers and ferns and flox, and stately shading trees abide...
    He placed meandering streamlets, flowing from side to side...
    And many side canyons and inlets, controlling torrents and tide.

    Vandals may attempt to destroy God's marvelous works, divine...
    But oh, let future peoples enjoy, Palo Duro's wondrous design...
    Was there ever before such beauty, such blending of tints and hue?
    To preserve it now is man's duty...
    May he to this trust be true.

    L. Gough


  1. wowowoeee, i love this poem barbara. it speaks in divine overtones. beautiful post my friend. xox

  2. Lovely post - you've done a beautiful job with those photos, great information and a lovely poem speaking of God's creation. I like it!

  3. Why, thank you very much, Jonie! :)

  4. I've read about Palo Duro Canyon and would some day like to see it for myself. Very nice photos, writing and poem!

  5. Terry, you'd love it! Go sometime when you can! :)

  6. How Neat the photos arranged that way! Very nice! I lived in Texas for 18 years and not too far from Amarillo, but I don't believe I got to see Palo Duro Canyon.

  7. Thank you, Anna! Too bad that you were that close and didn't get to see it. You would have had an awesome photo shoot there! :)


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