General.. The population is 1,772 and the Alt. is 1,041

Established as Archer County seat in 1881. In the early years it was a retail and shipping center for area ranches; still a retail center for the county. Agriculture include cattle ranching, and wheat and dairy farming. Shallow oil wells drilled in 1920s still contribute to the area economy. Outdoor recreation includes 9 hole golf course, and city park with swimming , picnicking, and RV hookups. Hunting in season for dove, wild turkey, quail and deer.


-offers the largest collection of antiquarian books in the U.S.; gathered over several years by native son Larry McMurtry, author of the popular novel “Lonesome Dove.” Rare and unusual books, an out-of-print publications. Occupies renovated buildings on both sides of Main Street. 817-574-4245. Also, site of two movies based on novels written by McMurty, “The Last Picture Show” filmed in 1971 and “Texasville” in 1989.


Frontier and pioneer items; dishes, pictures, ladies’ high-top shoes, dairy and farm implements. Has map of county’s historic sites. Open weekends Apr. - Nov. or by appointment for group tours by calling the Chamber of Commerce, 817-574-2489. Housed in the old jail. 400 West Pecan.