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Retro Rewind - Posted December 29, 2017 9:09 a.m.
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Lon Marrs

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At one point, during a political campaign, the Amarillo News wrote this about candidate Lon Marrs: “So well-known is Judge Marrs in Potter County that any introduction at this time seems almost superfluous.” That was early in the 1900s. But in early 2018, an introduction may be necessary.

Shown in front of his home at Sixth and Taylor – located across the street from the courthouse – Marrs was one of Amarillo’s most prominent politicians and community leaders during the city’s crucial first decades. He served two terms as mayor, from 1908 to 1910 and again from 1917 to 1923. Prior to that, he’d served six years as Potter County Attorney and eight years as County Judge.

Born in Kentucky, Marrs first arrived in Amarillo in 1890. In 1899, he helped engineer the city’s incorporation and expansion. During his tenure as mayor, he oversaw the development of the city’s first paved streets and most of its utilities. He was instrumental in opening Amarillo’s first public school and even directed the Amarillo Unit of the Red Cross. Upon completing his last term as mayor, Lon Marrs enjoyed a successful law career in Amarillo.

In 1936, Lon Marrs retired and returned to his native Kentucky, where he died in 1943. Marrs Street in East Amarillo, which borders Dick Bivins Stadium, is named for him.

by Jason Boyett

Jason has written more than a dozen books and is the host and creator of “Hey Amarillo”, a local interview podcast. Visit and
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