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Wichita Falls, Texas

Wichita Falls 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.

Wichita Falls 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.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Kell House

The Kell House is one of the most historically and architecturally significant building in Wichita Falls. Built in 1909

Wichita Falls, TX Historic Homes

Red River Speedway

Stock car races every Fri. night at 8 p.m. Apr. - Aug. Special races held throughout season. Take U.S. 287 west to F.M. 369

Wichita Falls, TX Car Races

Lake Arrowhead State Park

Water-oriented recreation featured at this 524-acre park. Visitors find campsites with/without hookups, rest rooms with showers, boat ramp, and dump station. Activities include 18-hole disc golf course, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. Some 14 miles south of Wichita Falls via U.S. 281

Wichita Falls, TX State Parks



Things to do near Wichita Falls, TX

Hawk Ridge Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Willow Creek Golf Center

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Southwest Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Borden County Historical Museum

Pictures, records, newspapers, furniture, and clothing from Borden County pioneer days. For access, inquire at courthouse....

Levelland Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days...