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Archer City, Texas

Archer City was established as the Archer County seat in 1881, and in its early years it was a retail and shipping center for area ranches and is still a retail center for the county. Agriculture includes cattle ranching, wheat and dairy farming. Shallow oil wells drilled in the 1920s still contribute to the area economy.

Outdoor recreation includes a 9-hole golf course, and city park with swimming, picnicking, RV hookups, and hunting when in season for dove, wild turkey, quail, and deer.

The Booked Up, Inc. bookstore offers the largest collection of antiquarian books in the U.S. gathered over several years by native son Larry McMurtry, author of the popular Western novel, "Lonesome Dove." Also available are rare and unusual books and out-of-print publications. Archer City is the site of two movies based on novels written by McMurtry; "The Last Picture Show" filmed in 1971, and "Texasville" in 1989.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Archer City, TX

Scenic Drive

One of most impressive drives in state is Texas 207 south toward Silverton. For miles agricultural riches spread from horizon...

American Wind Power Center

Windmills of all descriptions are found on the grounds of this 28-acre site, donated in 1993 by the City of Lubbock to docume...

Thomas Cree's Little Tree

Set behind protective fence at south edge of U.S. 60 about five miles southwest of city is site of first tree planted through...

Towle Memorial Park

Popular municipal park with playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming pool, picnic areas, courts for croquet and tennis, fishing...

Rolling Plains Mule Train Association

A group of area residents who for many years maintained mule teams and covered wagons for old-fashioned rides across the plai...