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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

River Bend Nature Works

Nestled amid 15 acres in the city, River Bend Nature Works is an environmental education center. Visitors enjoy the wetland pond habitat, the bird habitat, bird watching and other activities. A one-mile interpretive nature trail loops through the site;

Wichita Falls, TX Nature Centers

Midwestern State Univ. Fine Art Gallery

Features works of regional artists throughout academic year. Emphasis on students'

Wichita Falls, TX Arts

Graham Central Station

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

Wichita Falls, TX Entertainment

Railroad Museum

Vintage railcars recall nostalgia of train travel. Cars include MK&T diesel switch engine, Texas & Pacific Pullman car, two World War II troop sleepers, Fort Worth & Denver baggage car and post office car, and a Burlington coach "Silver Falls,"

Wichita Falls, TX Museums

Things to do near Wichita Falls, TX

Callahan County Pioneer Museum

Pioneer farm and ranch implements, household items, clothing, barbed wire, and documents....

Amarillo Botanical Gardens

Completely renovated in 2000, this museum with a living collection. Botanical Garden features outdoor and indoor educational ...

Camp Bowie Memorial Park

Honors men of famed 36th Infantry Division ("T-Patch"). Small park features vintage military equipment, cannon, armor. At int...

Shady Oaks Golf Course

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Historic Murals

Located across from the Santa Fe depot, murals that depict early day transportation, from the 1840s to 1940s, are 85 feet lon...