The Texas Panhandle

(approximately 165 miles square)

Twenty-six counties of small towns, grain silos, ranches, cattle herds, endless prairie—and families that love the life and have the pure grit that it takes to survive. The stories that live here will touch your heart. As John Steinbeck wrote, “Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study, and the passionate possession of all Texas.”



A fictional city in the Texas Panhandle, with a population of 50,000 in the 1940s and the county seat of fictional Goodnight County. Fictional Mackenzie was placed on the site of the existing town of Adrian, Texas, which is located in Oldham County.


A fictional county in the Texas Panhandle, which was created by the division of existing Oldham County. The resulting fictional Goodnight County became the western half of Oldham County. It was created thirty miles by thirty miles in size, bordering on New Mexico, and with the fictional city of Mackenzie as its county seat.