Interestingly, upon the city’s birth it was not known by Pampa. It endured two other names prior to becoming the present day name.
First, 130 years ago it’s name was Glasgow. At that time construction of the Santa Fe Railroad was making its way through the area. Early structures in the eventual city were a rail station and telegraph office. Soon George Tyng began laying out the city known then as Glasgow.
Eventually Glasgow was renamed to Sutton. However, it’s name changed once more to the current name of Pampa. Named so by Mr. Tyng suggesting the name after the pampas grasslands of South America.
When plots of land began selling purchasers were agreeing to plant roots thereby developing the area. As a result Pampa became an agricultural hub.
Then the city would experience growth and prosperity after the discoveries of gas and oil. So much so that in 1928 the county seat for Gray County became Pampa instead of the previous city of Lefors.
Within two years construction began on buildings which today make up part of Pampa’s historic “Million Dollar Row”. Three of those are:
The Beaux Arts style was the construction of choice on the 2-story building. It includes a raised basement. As well as pilasters creating several bays on all sides.
Gray County Courthouse
The construction style was also Beaux Arts. Pampa’s first born male, Harland L. Case, was the builder.
Pampa Central Fire Station
Furthermore, find Million Dollar Row on S. Russell in Pampa, TX.