Panhandle Plains
2010 Census - 597
2000 Census - 540
Miami, Texas
Miami Texas History:
In 1879, Marion Armstrong arrived in the area and erected a half-dugout stagecoach stand near Red Deer Creek. In 1887, B. H. Eldridge platted the town on the proposed route of the Southern Kansas (later Panhandle and Santa Fe) Railway. Samuel Edge and Mark Huselby established the Miami Townsite Company to sell lots. Within one year, Miami had three hotels, three grocery stores, two saloons and a cafe, two livery stables, a post office, a mercantile store, a drugstore, a tin shop and 250 residents. Miami became a shipping and commercial center for area ranches. In 1889, Miami was voted county seat of the newly organized Roberts County, but the vote was declared fraudulent. Parnell became the county seat until 1898 when Miami won another election. Miami became a shipping and commercial center for area ranches. A county library was established in the courthouse basement in the 1930s. Today, Miami is a retail and shipping point for cattle and grain. Miami hosts an annual June cow calling contest in its City Park. Miami is located in the Red Deer Creek Valley at the intersection of U.S. 60 and FM 748, 77 miles northeast of Amarillo, 50 miles northeast of Panhandle, 64 miles northeast of Fritch, 51 miles east of Borger, 69 miles southeast of Perryton, 23.7 miles southwest of Canadian, 34 miles north of McLean, and 23 miles northeast of Pampa, Texas.
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great war chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email  Plains Trail Map
Roberts County AgriLife Extension Office:
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offices are responsible for 4-H and youth programs, agriculture and natural programs, family and consumer science, and community development. They also have hunting information. They manage head start, senior citizen, home economics, agriculture, 4-H and other programs. If your tomatoes have blight, contact them. If you need to know something regarding a small town, contact them or the county judge’s office.The extension office is located in the Roberts County annex. (806) 868-3191. 300 East Commercial Street, Miami, Texas 79059. Email
Roberts County Courthouse, 1913:
The brick courthouse was designed in classical revival style by architect Elmer George Withers who also designed the identical 1912 Marion County courthouse. The 2010 Roberts County census was 929. (806) 868-3721. 300 East Commercial Street, Miami, Texas 79059.
Santa Fe Train Depot, 1888:
The depot served as a passenger depot until 1978. The depot now houses the Roberts County Museum. 120 East Commercial Street. (806) 868-3291.
Roberts County Museum:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Miami and Roberts County, including paleontological artifacts collected in the 1930s by Judge J. A. Mead, vintage photos, pioneer furnishings and household goods, a school classroom, a vintage auto, and a Conoco gas pump. Open Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm, and by appointment. (806) 868-3291. The museum is located in the 1888 Santa Fe train depot at 120 East Commercial Street. Email 
Roberts County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. (806) 278-8147. 122 East Water Street, Miami, Texas 79059.