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Sweetwater, Texas

A store established in a dugout to accommodate buffalo hunters was the beginning of Sweetwater in 1877. Today, the seat of Nolan County is the banking and commercial center with industrial firms including gypsum plants, cement plants, cottonseed oil mill, and a garment manufacturer. The Sweetwater Commercial Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes more than 90 sites representing architectural styles from the 1900s - 1930s.

A memorial marker honors the women who trained at Avenger Field here during World War II in the Women's Airforce Service Pilots program (WASPs). The training site is now the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) West Texas.

The Nolan County Coliseum Complex is the site of many activities, including team ropings, livestock shows, rodeos, and the "World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up" each year in March.

The Nolan County Courthouse has an outstanding collection of Winchester rifles, property of the Pioneer Museum which also houses Walt Disney's "Fifinella," the emblem adopted by the WASPs.

Sweetwater also hosts the annual "Texas Midwest Soap Box Derby." The winner goes to the finals in Akron, Ohio in late summer.

The city also boasts two 18-hole golf courses.

Sweetwater lies on I-20 near the intersection of Hwy 84, a segment of the Port-to-Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to the coastal posts. Sweetwater is also part of the Texas Midwest Community Network and the northern gateway to the Texas Forts Trail.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Sweetwater, TX

Trails & Tales of Boomtown USA

Guided tour through historic past recalls oil-boom days with visits to oil fields, outdoor oil museum, and replica of Mabel G...

Knox County Veterans Memorial

Located at corner of U.S. 82 and Texas 6, impressive monument dedicated in 2000 honors allKnox County veterans from the Spani...

Shamrock Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Old Rip the Horned Toad

According to apparently authentic records and witnesses, a Texas horned toad (a type of lizard) was sealed in cornerstone of ...

Millers Creek Boat Ramp

Take US 277 southwest from Seymour and follow the signs. Two-lane concrete boat ramp No fee required Open ...