Many of Amarillo’s most prominent businesses lasted for decades before economic cycles eventually led them in new directions, forced them to merge with other businesses, or shut them down altogether. But not all. Amarillo Hardware Company, which was founded in 1904 by Boyd Clark and I. J. Tolleson, observed 100 years in business in 2004 – and is still in operation today.
Amarillo Hardware’s first store was located at 409 S. Polk St. before moving to the corners of Sixth and Polk in 1912, where it sold everything from wagons to windmills. Three decades later, the growing company was ready to expand into a large new distribution warehouse on Grant Street, between Sixth and Seventh. This 1937 photo shows an early phase of construction on the new building. In the background are a number of prominent Amarillo landmarks, including the Potter County Courthouse (left) and the Herring Hotel (back center), both of which are still standing. The square building with the peaked roof served as Amarillo’s first high school, from 1906 to 1911. Part of the Amarillo Civic Center now resides in its place.
by Jason Boyett
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