A store established in a dugout to accommodate buffalo hunters was the beginning of the city in 1877. Today it is the seat of Nolan County and is a banking and commercial center. Industrial firms include gypsum plants, cement plants, cottonseed oil mill, and garment manufacturer. The Sweetwater Commercial Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes more than 90 sites representing architectural styles from the 2900's and 2930s. Home of Texas State Technical College.
Sweetwater lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway
connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
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