The Helium Time Columns Monument Committee in conjunction with the Discovery Center will be hosting an event celebrating the 50 year column opening on September 29, 2018, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
The items from the time capsule will be revealed and available for viewing during the celebration. The celebration will include the following:
For more information, please visit the Helium Time Capsule webpage.
TxDOT is Preserving the Past for the Future – Amarillo Helium Plant
Do you have photographs from your days at the Amarillo Helium Plant? How about timecards or a uniform? Got a story to tell about extracting helium? Though Amarillo’s Helium Plant has long been closed, you can help ensure that this historic site is not forgotten.
SHARE YOUR STORY:
We’ll be waiting for you on September 29, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in rooms East 1 and East 2 in the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Follow the signs from the parking area.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)’s historic preservation program is a proud sponsor of this portion of the Helium Monument Time Capsule Reveal Event. TxDOT goes Beyond the Road to share history along the highway in communities all over Texas. If you can’t attend the event but would still like to share your story, please contact Mark Brown at (512) 416-2600.
The Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument was erected in Amarillo, Texas during 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of helium. Amarillo was selected for its central role in the US Government’s strategic helium reserve and the gas production from the Cliffside Gas Field beginning in 1927. The Bureau of Mines placed the Amarillo Helium Plant in operation in 1929 and has maintained its headquarters for the Federal Helium Program in Amarillo. In 1982 the Helium Monument was airlifted by helicopter from I-40 and Nelson to its current site at the Don Harrington Discovery Center.
Funding for the Time Columns Monument and site was obtained through contributions from individuals, and private and public organizations, especially those in the local helium industry. In May of 1993, the first time capsule in one leg of the monument was opened during a two-day celebration organized by the Silver Celebrations Committee.