was named for the Wichita Indians who lived near the waterfalls on what is now the Wichita River. In 1882, the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad brought the first train to the area, establishing Wichita Falls
as an agricultural and trade center. The oil boom in the early 1900s made the city headquarters for north Texas petroleum production, service and manufacturing.
is the seat for Wichita County and the leading gateway to Texas on I-44. It is the major trade and industrial center with economy based on Sheppard Air Force Base, oil processing and other varied manufacturing. Cultural aspects include a symphony orchestra, ballet, community theater, museum and art center, and activities at Midwestern State University.
Sheppard Air Force Base is a technical training center, one of the largest of five in the U.S., and hosts the only NATO pilot training program in the world.
There's a full calendar of events throughout the year including World of Wheels and Home & Garden Expo in February; Spring Fling in April; Red River Rodeo and Texas-Oklahoma Oil Bowl Classic in June; Ranch Round-Up and Hotter 'N Hell Hundred Bike Race Festival in August; T&O Fair and Fallfest in September; MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights and City Lights Festival in December.
Wichita Falls Texas Related Videos
Leaving the truckstop in Wichita Falls, Texas and heading North on US 287.
Why we think Wichita Falls is unique. This won 1st Runner Up in the Texas Monthly short film contest.
These are clips of the video that we got while researching the Old Insane Asylum aka White Sanitarium in Wichita Falls, Texas. This was done in 2008. This ha...
A night with the police in Wichita Falls, Texas. Reported by Sara DiMura, shot & edited by Jake VanDonge. aired on KFDX in February of 2011.
By: Jake VanDonge
A monster tornado tore through Wichita Falls, TX on April 10, 1979. This film was compiled from various media sources on the Internet and is meant to memoria...
By: Richard Cox
"Coming Back" is a 30-minute local television documentary featuring the chronological events of April, 10, 1979. Centered around the F4 killer tornado which ...
KAUZ-TV 6 coverage of April 3, 1964 Tornado. The tornado developed near FM 369, swept northeast across the Wichita river valley and onward to Sheppard Air Fo...