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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

Midwestern State Univ. Fine Art Gallery

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

Wichita Falls, TX Arts

Wichita Falls Waterfall

A re-creation of falls faces north on I-44 and replaces original falls washed away in a flood in 1886. Water that forms 54-foot-high falls recirculates at 3,500

Wichita Falls, TX Natural Attractions

Parks

38 parks offer outdoor recreation, including swimming pools, jogging trails, golf, tennis, picnicking and children's fishing pond. Lucy Park is a 170

Wichita Falls, TX Parks

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

Big Spring State Park

343-acre park contains dance pavilion, playground, picnic sites, jogging and nature trails, and prairie dog town. Regular and...

Coke County Museum

In a rustic 1907 building that housed the city's jail, the museum features antique exhibits and other memorabilia donated or ...

City Of Slaton Municipal Golf Course

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

Southwest Golf Course

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

Depot Library/Museum

In old Santa Fe depot (c. 1908); houses public library; museum features local history and extensive collection on Cynthia Ann...