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Originated in 1850s when selected as seat of Parker County. Named
after Jefferson Weatherford, member of the Texas Senate when county
was created. In early years town was last settlement on the Western
frontier, on route of wagon trains operating between Fort Worth
and Fort Belknap. southwest area of town boasts many Victorian-style
residences built in late 1800s. Industries include oil field equipment,
silicone and plastic products; Home of Weatherford Junior College,
established in 1869, oldest continuing two year college in Southwest.
Stop by the chamber of commerce in the old Santa Fe Depot to receive
a map for driving and walking tours around the city. The Chamber
also has information on restaurants, accommodations and events.
HOLLAND LAKE PARK
OLIVER LOVING'S GRAVE
PETER PAN STATUE
SANTA FE DEPOT
- FIRST MONDAY - Evolving from
trades day held when court was in session on first Monday of each
month when farmers and ranchers brought produce and livestock
to town; event now features variety of "trash and treasures,"
produce, and still some livestock. held on Sat., Sun. preceding
first Monday every month. At U.S. 80/180, three blocks east of
- HOLLAND LAKE PARK - Municipal
park is 10 acre living museum of nature with marked nature trail
that explores three different ecosystems. Site of G. A. Holland's
double-lob cabins which were awarded a Texas Centennial Historical
marker in 1936. Playground and picnic facilities. Off Clear Lake
Road exit 409 from I-20.
- OLIVER LOVING'S GRAVE - Known
as "Dean of Texas Trail Drivers," Loving came to Parker
County from Kentucky about 1855l. Wounded by Indians during a
drive with Charles Goodnight, he died at Fort Sumner in 1867 after
traveling in secret without food for five days. Loving's son and
Goodnight returned his body over 600 miles by wagon for burial
in Weatherford. State historical marker granted in 1977 for his
grave in Greenwood Cemetery at Front and Mill Streets.
- PETER PAN STATUE - Bronze statue
sculpted by artist Ronald Thomason honors Weatherford native Mary
Martin who created the role of Peter Pan on Broadway. (Miss martin's
childhood home is at 314 West Oak Street; not open to the public.)
Statue stands in front of library at 1214 Charles Street where
room contains some original musical scores, costumes, and other
memorabilia on Miss Martin.
- SANTA FE DEPOT - Restored 1909
all-brick structure was one of the first in area to be built with
concrete floors. Now houses chamber of commerce office and visitor
center. Open Mon. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Three blocks east
of courthouse at 401 Fort Worth Street.
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