WICHITA FALLS (click here for additional information)

Population 97,710

Altitude 946


General

Named for Wichita Indians who lived near waterfalls on what is now the Wichita River. In 1882, Fort Worth and Denver Railroad brought first train to area, establishing town as an agricultural and trade center. Oil boom in early 1900s made city headquarters for north Texas trade center. Oil boom in early 900s made city headquarters for north Texas petroleum production, service and ;manufacturing. The city is seat for Wichita County and leading gateway to Texas on I-44. Major trade and industrial center with economy based on Sheppard Air Force Base, oil processing and other varied manufacturing. Cultural aspects include symphony orchestra, ballet, community theater, museum and art center, and activities at Midwestern State University.

Sheppard Air Force Base is a technical training center, one of the largest of five in the U.S., and hosts the only NATO pilot training program in the world.

MSU Burns Fantasy of Lights features thousands of lights during holidays. Animated displays fill he lawn of Midwestern State University throughout December. Displays once belonged to L.T. Burns and date from the 1920s.

KELL HOUSE

LAKE ARROWHEAD STATE PARK

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY FINE ART GALLERY

MUSEUM AND ART CENTER

PARKS

RAILROAD MUSEUM

WICHITA FALLS FIRE AND POLICE MUSEUM

WICHITA FALLS WATERFALL


Attractions

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