In September 1887, J. T. Berry bought 640 acres of school land from the State of Texas. Several years earlier, this raw section of prairie had been home to buffalo herds and the Kiowa and Comanche Nations. Berry could not have known that this land would one day become home to cattle barons, oil and gas pioneers, and a U.S. ambassador. When Charles Oldham Wolflin married Alpha Eunice McVean a decade later and acquired that same section of land, he never dreamed that his son would develop that land from a dairy farm into a premier residential development. Today the Wolflin Historic District is a vibrant, lush neighborhood with tree-lined brick streets and stately houses. It is home to several thousand residents, including descendants of pioneer families, modern-day professionals, and public servants who contribute to the arts, are involved in philanthropy, and are active in community service.
About the Author
Author Christine Wyly is an Amarillo REALTOR® whose interests in architectural design and history drew her to this project. Wyly collected vintage images from the pioneer families and current residents of the Wolflin Historical District, as well as from the archives of the Amarillo Public Library to tell the story of Amarillo’s Historic Wolflin District.
Table of Contents
1 The Wolflins 9
2 Development 21
3 Architectural Design 39
4 Growing Up in Wolflin 57
5 Community and Residents 75
6 Oil and Gas Pioneers and Ranchers 99
7 Commerce 109
8 Public Service 117
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