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Route 66: Landergin, Texas

Landergin is a ghost town, the remains of a once small rural town next to US Route 66 in the Texas Panhandle region.

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About Landergin, Texas

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Elevation: 4,075 ft. (1,243 m). Population: zero.
Time zone: Central (CST): UTC minus 6 hours. Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5).

Landergin is a ghost town located in southwestern Oldham County, in the western region of the Texas Panhandle on the water divide between the Canadian River to the north and the Palo Duro Creek to the south.

It is situated at the junction of Interstate 40 (Old Route 66) and CR 29 by Exit 28, 7.5 mi west of Vega.

History of Landergin

The Texas Panhandle has been inhabited for the last 10,000 years. The Spanish explored the region and made it part of their American colonies and to Mexican control after its independence in 1810 - 1821.

At that time the Comanche and Kiowa Indians peopled the plains and hunted buffalo there. The U.S. annexed Texas in 1845 and subdued the natives (1874 - 1875) allowing pioneers to settle there.

Tascosa, on the Canadian River became county seat of Oldham County (1880) and was linked by rail with Fort Worth and Denver in 1887.

The Landergin were Irish migrants who came to America after the dreadful Potato Famine which caused the death of two million Irishmen in the 1840s.

They settled in New York, in the town of Oxford and set up a dairy farm. Their sons Patrick and John were born there and learned the trade.

The Name: Landergin

The town was named after the Landergin brothers, settlers and ranchers.

The Far West beckoned them and in the 1870s they headed west, to Indian Territory. They bought longhorn cattle which they bred and grazed along the fertile banks of the Red River.

Texas Longhorn cattle, Texas
Texas Longhorn cattle
by Ed Schipul

Texas Longhorn

The Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle which gets its name from its very "long" horns: they can measure up to 7 feet (2.1 m) from tip to tip.

They originated from the cows and bulls brought from Spain to the New World shortly after the discovery and conquest of the Americas in the early 1500s. In America, they were introduced into California, Florida (a Spanish Colony until purchased by the U.S. government) and Mexico.

The Mexican cattle roamed into the territories later incorporated to the U.S.: Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

They have a wide range of colors, from black to white, but the predominant tones are dark red and white or combinations of both. The horns tend to have an upward turn at their tips and may have several "twists".

Sturdy and well adapted to the dry conditions of the arid Iberian Peninsula, they survived well on the open Texas ranges, where water and food was scarce.

They were favored by the first Ranches, but later, they were replaced with other cattle breeds because their lean beef and lack of tallow was not appreciated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Fortunately they were saved from a near extinction by the United States Forest Service in 1927.

The U.S.F.S. collected herds in Oklahoma and Texas keeping them in state parks, as reminders of the past.

They are now an interesting beef stock due to their adaptability and disease resistance as well as their leaner and therefore healthier beef.

They earned a fortune ranching in Kansas (Eureka and Coffeyville) by fattening cattle and shipping it back east. But as with all boom cycles, the bust cycle comes sooner or later, and it did in the closing years of the nineteenth century. The Landergins moved west and leased land in the Panhandle region of Texas.

In 1904 they leased part of the LS Ranch, in Oldham County and later bought it.

At the time the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Texas Railroad (which later became the Chicago Rock Island Railway) was extending its line west of Amarillo and the brothers opened a store in 1906 next to their ranch's headquarters. The railway built a siding there in 1908; that was the origin of the town of Landergin.

They also opened the first State Bank in nearby Vega in 1909.

The station and store were the beginning of a small village which in the mid 1920s was incorporated to the alignment of U.S. Route 66.

The brothers invested in land in other parts of Oldham and Deaf Smith Counties in Texas, and also in neighboring Arizona and New Mexico. They relocated in Amarillo (1912), where John passed away in 1923 and Patrick in 1929. Their death led to the demise of their holdings, which were liquidated in the 1940s.

The town which carried their name languished for many years, overshadowed by Adrian to the West and Vega to the east. Its population peaked in the 1930s at 36 and after that dropped.

By the 1980s only two businesses were in operation and by the late 1990s only the Route 66 Antiques and the Neon Soda Saloon survived, ran by George and Melba Rook.

But time is inflexible and now only the buildings, shuttered and in disrepair, remain as reminders of where Landergin once stood.

Where to Stay

There is no lodging in the Ghost Town; the closest town with hotels is Vega: Motels and Hotels in Vega.

Alternatively you can lodge in the next big town in Texas, Amarillo: Hotels and Motels in Amarillo

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Weather in Landergin

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This area is dry but very sunny: rainfall averages 20 in per year (500 mm). Summer average high temperatures (June to end of September) are above 91°F (30°C) with average lows around 64°F (19°C). The winter has highs of about 50°F (10°C) average, with lows well below freezing: 25°F (-4°C).

It can Snow in Wildorado during late fall, winter and even late spring. But you will see the first snow after early December.

The higher altitude of the area causes greater snowfall; around 19” per year on average (with peaks over 40”); that is: 43 to 102 cm. The region around Landergin is also is among the windiest in the U.S.

Tornadoes, this is the western tip of "Tornado Alley" with very low probability of tornados (read more: Tornadoes on Route 66).

Route 66 and Landergin Texas
Location of Landergin TX on Route 66

Getting To Landergin

Landergin is 7.5 mi (12 km) west of Vega and 42 mi west of Amarillo (66 km) along I-40.

It is 147 mi (236 km) west of the Texas state line.

Heading west from Landergin, it is 31 miles (50 km) to the Texas - New Mexico state line.

Map of Landergin and Route 66

between Texola, Oklahoma and Glenrio, Texas.

Pale Blue: Historic Route 66 alignment; Red line: I-40 where it overlaps the old alignment.

Black: Jericho Gap section of US highway 66. Blue: Original alignment of US 66 between Amarillo and Conway.

See Route 66's alignment in New Mexico

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Route 66 itinerary: Getting to Landergin

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Route 66 to Landergin

Leaving Amarillo

From downtown Amarillo, (0 mi.) on Amarillo Blvd. and Pierce St. (US 87) take a left, bridge over railroad and (1 mi) take a right onto SE 6th Ave. (TX-279) Go straight, it becomes SW 6th Ave., underpass (2.3 mi) and change of course of 6th Ave. (2.9 mi) then keep west, through the Historic Sixth Street District. Take a left onto Bushland Ave (3.8 mi), which runs towards the SW, passes the Golf Course and passes under Bell St. (5 mi). After the Underpass, take a left onto W. Amarillo Blvd. (I-40 Buss), and pass the Veteran's Hospital.

The road curves softly until crossing Coulter ST. (5.8 mi), adopting a westward direction. After crossing TX-335 (7.5 mi) it reaches Soucy, passes in front of the Historic Helium Plant (8.5 mi) and before reaching the "S" curve under the old railway line, the old alignment takes a right (9 mi) onto Indian Hill Rd.

The Cadillac Ranch is to the south of I-40 (10.3 mi). You can only reach it from I-40.

Bushland

At Hill Road (12.6 mi) turn left and get on I-40 westwards, in this area US 66 and I-40 overlap. At Exit 57, (14.7 mi) you will reach Bushland.

Wildorado

Leave Bushland (14.7 mi) and continue along the North frontage road of I-40 and reach Wildorado (23 mi), at Exit 49.

Vega

Keep on the north service road, and at Exit 37, the road keeps on straight, as or I-40 Business W ⁄ US-66 reaching Vega (35.1 mi), the road becomes Vega Blvd. and reaches Main St. (35.7 mi). Leave the town westwards along Vega Blvd., passing I-40's Exit 35 (37.3 mi) and keep along the N. frontage Rd.

Landergin

At Exit 28, (43 mi) are the remains of what once was the town of Landergin.

West of Landergin to Glenrio

Route 66 continues west through the Panhandle all the way to Glenrio. Below we describe the journey:

Adrian

After Exit 23 - 22, the road becomes I-40 Business again, entering Adrian (49.7 mi).

Adrian to Glenrio

After Adrian, at Exit 18, Co. Rd. 18 and Gruhlkey (54.7 mi). Keep west on the Service Road which ends and takes a right, northwards This is the old alignment of US hwy 66, which followed the now abandoned Rock Island Railway. It curves north and then again south, meeting I-40 at Exit 15 (57.4 mi). In the past, the road crossed what is now the Interstate, following the railway tracks south and then west.

At this point you must get on I-40 westwards. The old alignment meets I-40 (67.2 mi); to the south of the Interstate you will see the old road next to the now lifted railway tracks.

Keep on I-40. You will see the dirt Route 66 to the south, as the South Service Road (69.8 mi). Take Exit 0 (72.5), cross over I-40 and on the south side (58).

Glenrio

After the overpass you will meet ("T" crossing) US 66 running east - west. Take a right and reach Glenrio (73.1) at the Texas - New Mexico State Line.

I-40 Welcome Center NM

There is a modern Welcome Center on Interstate 40 in New Mexico, it can tend to one million yearly visitors and is environmentally friendly.

Attractions & Sights

Things to Do and See in Landergin

A ghost town, the ruins of what was once a small rural town along US Hwy. 66.

Ghost Town Attractions

Landergin Ghost Town

Exit 28 I-40., Landergin, TX.

Now, nothing remains but empty, abandoned buildings on the north side of I-40s frontage Road, by Exit 28. It puts mortality, the transience of life and permanence of people and things in a clear perspective.

Landergin Texas
Abandoned buildings at Landergin, TX.
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Tours & Itineraries

US Highway 66

Historic Route 66 alignment

Above we detail the alignment of Historic Route 66 from Amarillo to Glenrio, including the Vega to Adrian segment of the road, where Landergin is located.

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Sources

Image by Ed Schipul adapted under its CC BY-SA 2.0 License.

Panhandle snowfall National Weather Service.

Image Used as per Google Street View Image Api Updated Dec. 31, 2014.

Image by Vítězslav Válka adapted under its CC BY-SA 3.0 CZ License.

Map Icons by Nicolas Mollet under its CC BY SA 3.0 License.