Electra, Texas

Named after cattle baron W.T. Waggoner's daughter, Electra is located in the western edge of Wichita County. The Waggoners were pioneers in the area when they established their cattle headquarters here in 1878. Confusion over the delivery of Waggoner mail and the name Beaver for nearby Beaver Creek, led residents in 1902 to circulate a petition changing the name of the city to Electra in honor of Electra Waggoner. The townsite opened in October 1907. In 1911, an oil company leased a tract of land from W.T. and the famous North Texas Oil boom was begun as fortune seekers came to stake their claims.

Electra was named the "Pump Jack Capital of Texas" by the Texas Legislature in 2001. The gusher of the Clayco No. 1 well, just north of town, in 1911 opened oil fields in the area, which today still support 5,000 pumping units within a 10-mile radius of town.

Annual festivals include the Pump Jack Festival (in April) celebrating Electra's oil heritage. Other community festivals include the Electra Goat Barbecue on Mother's Day weekend and the Holiday of Lights Christmas Parade the Saturday evening following Thanksgiving Day.

The city of Electra maintains 8 RV hookups at Fairgrounds Park, which features 3 pavilions and a children's fishing pond.

Electra was designated a Texas Main Street City in 1998 and has been named a National Main Street community annually since 2000. In 2004 it was named a "PreserveAmerica" community, a White House initiative to recognize efforts to preserve and share our cultural and natural heritage.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Dundee State Fish Hatchery

Located below the dam atLake Diverson, hatchery is a research facility producing fish for public waters. Built in 1927 and operated by Texas Parks &Wildlife's Inland Fisheries. Located 22 miles south of Electra..Large group tours can be arranged by calling 940/586-1203

Electra, TX Fish Hatcheries

Old City Light Plant

Tour the WPA-built brick structure, housing electric generating equipment, which once supplied power to the community's municipal power system. Corner of Railroad Ave. and Wilbarger St.

Electra, TX Tours

Downtown Historic District

Visitors can stroll downtown brick streets, take a look at WPA-era art work in the local post office building, or view restoration progress on the Grand Theatre, a 1920 movie and vaudeville house. City Hall, the first brick building in Electra, boasts a historic marker, and a '50

Electra, TX Historic Districts

Electra Public Library

Children enjoy the Dink Robb Children's Library; the Texas Collection and extensive genealogical resources provide an excellent base for researching family history.

Electra, TX Libraries

Crooked Creek Country Club

Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
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Electra, TX Golf Courses

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