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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


Graham Central Station

Entertainment center with five clubs under one roof, including country/western, karaoke, Top 40

Wichita Falls, TX Entertainment

Texas Travel Information Center

In North Texas near the Texas-Oklahoma state line on Interstate 44 (Central Freeway), one of the 12

Wichita Falls, TX Information Centers


Things to do near Wichita Falls, TX

River Valley Pioneer Museum

Quaint museum features memorabilia on history of Canadian and Hemphill County. Traveling exhibits from other museums also dis...

Millers Creek Camping

There is camping, courtesy docks and parking at the boat ramp area. Take US 277 southwest from Seymour and follow the signs...

Ross Rogers Golf Course -West

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days...

Battle of Adobe Walls

Site where two famous Indian battles were fought. Col. Kit Carson (in his last fight) and his U.S. troops in 1864 narrowly es...

Floyd County Museum

Period furnishings, implements, store fixtures, photographs of early settlers and ranchers. Also artifacts from Coronado's ex...