Located in the Texas Panhandle, between Amarillo and Lubbock along Interstate 27, the city of Plainview, Texas is a town of 22,000 and the county seat of Hale County, Texas. As with many west Texas towns, Plainview began as a small settlement for ranchers and farmers after the end of many struggles with local Native American tribes. The city remained a small settlement until the early 1900s when it began to thrive with the arrival of the first railroad and the discovery of a nearby aquifer that brought a steady supply of water to town.
Plainview is also a city that proudly displays its past. For example, the Centennial Circle of Honor is a public monument dedicated to “Plainview’s leaders of the past 100 years.” The monument includes plaques commemorating past leaders but it is also complete with descriptions that are meant to inspire future leaders. Visitors can also take a trip to the Museum of the Llano Estacado to get a deeper understanding of Plainview’s history. The museum features exhibits from famous Plainview native Jimmy Dean and home exhibits from the Victorian era. For those seeking outdoor adventure, the city has16 parks where visitors can play sports, bike, jog, or take in the scenery. The largest of the parks is the Regional Runningwater Draw Park that spans over 80 acres.