- Weatherford, Texas
official_name = Weatherford, Texas
nickname = Cutting Horse Capital of the World, Peach Capital of Texas
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Weatherford within
Parker County, Texas.
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Parker
leader_name = Joe M. Tison
area_magnitude = 1 E6
area_total_sq_mi = 22.7
area_land_sq_mi = 20.9
area_water_sq_mi = 1.8
area_total_km2 = 58.7
area_land_km2 = 54.1
area_water_km2 = 4.6
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 19000
population_density_km2 = 351.3
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 321
elevation_ft = 1053
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elevation_m = 321
elevation_ft = 1053
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longd = 97 |longm = 47 |longs = 6 |longEW = W
website = www.ci.weatherford.tx.us
postal_code = 76085-76088
area_code = 817
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 48-76864GR|2
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The city was named by the
Texas Legislatureas the PeachCapital of Texas due to the peaches produced by area growers. As such, the peach is celebrated each year at the Parker County Peach Festival, which is Weatherford’s largest event and one of the best-attended festivals in Texas.Fact|date=June 2008
Weatherford also has a number of historic homes and buildings. More than 60 Queen Anne, Victorian and other architecturally significant homes built at the turn of the 20th century sit along the tree-lined avenues. Several of these homes are open for tours, arranged by the Parker County Heritage Society, during the Christmas season.
Another landmark is the
Second Empirestyle Parker County Courthouse, which is located in the geographical center of the county in downtown Weatherford. The building is surrounded by buildings which served other purposes at the turn of the 20th century, including saloonsand cat-houses.
In recent years, both the interior and exterior of the courthouse structure have been restored to its original character and attractiveness.
Weatherford is located 25 miles west of Fort Worth on Interstate 20. It is the county seat for Parker County.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.7 square miles (58.7 km²), of which, 20.9 square miles (54.1 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it (7.86%) is water.
The population of the City of Weatherford, Texas is 24,000. The population grew by 958 (4.15%) from 2005 to 2006. The racial makeup of the city is 90.90% White, 10.20% Hispanic, 2.10% Black, 0.90% American Indian, 0.70% Asian, 4.10% other.
According to the 1999 census, 25.0% of the population is under the age of 18, 10.6% is 18 to 24, 26.3% is 25 to 44, 21.8% is 45 to 64, and 16.4% is 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years.
The City of Weatherford is served by the
Weatherford Independent School Districtand Weatherford College.
Weatherford ISD has classes from pre-kindergarten through high school serving 7,200 students throughout 254 square miles at 11 campuses.
Mary Martin Elementrary
Located at 719 Oak Ridge. Is one of the only elementrary campuses that supports childhood obesity by not providing reccess.
Weatherford College is a 130 year old community college. There are more than 35 study areas and 19 professional/technical programs. Financial aid packages and scholarships are also available. The College was originally built by masons and was one of the first in Texas.
In 1855, Parker County was created by the Texas State Legislature and named for pioneer and State Representative Isaac Parker. Parker was the uncle of
Cynthia Ann Parker, a little girl who was stolen from her home by Indians during the Texas Revolution. Cynthia Ann lived among the Comanche and became the mother of Chief Quanah Parker. Later, when she was overtaken in flight with an Indian raiding party, Isaac Parker who recognized her as his long-lost niece.
The Town of Weatherford was named for the State Senator for this district, Jefferson Weatherford of Dallas. According to his cousin, Senator Weatherford never set foot in the town.
The first settlers had arrived less than ten years earlier. They were many Native American attacks between the years of 1846 and 1874. There are several headstones in Parker County that read "Killed by Indians."
The railroad arrived in June
1880. The Santa Fe Depot (which today houses the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce) was built in 1908 under Jim Crowlaws, with waiting rooms segregated and separated by the ticket office.
In 1895, the town’s still existing newspaper, the "Weatherford Democrat", began publication.
Parker County Courthouse
Parker County’s first courthouse was built of rough pine lumber in 1856. It was replaced with a brick one in 1858. The
Seth ThomasClock was installed in 1897 for $957. The Courthouse has recently been restored on the inside to bring back its classic beauty and original splendor from the turn of the century.
Oliver Lovingis buried in Weatherford’s Greenwood Cemetery. After being attacked by Indians in New Mexico in 1867, Loving’s dying wish to his friend, Charles Goodnight, was to be buried in his home, Parker County. Goodnight brought the body back six hundred miles by wagon for burial. The story is the inspiration behind Texas author Larry McMurtry’s novel, " Lonesome Dove".
A year earlier, Goodnight had invented the first
chuckwagonwhich catered to cowboys on a cattle drive that would later become known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail.
Boze Ikard, who served with Goodnight and for whom the McMurtry character “Deets” was modeled, was also laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Now known as the
Cutting HorseCapital of the World,Who|date=June 2008 Weatherford is home to hundreds of professional trainers, Hall-of-Fame horses and a life-size bronze cutting horse. “Cutters” from all over the country send their horses here for training or breeding. Several National Cutting Horse Association affiliates hold local competitions on a regular basis. One of Weatherford’s greatest attractions for the cutters in the native sandy loamsoil that is cushioning for a horse’s feet.
Peach Capital of Texas
Named by the State Legislature as the Peach Capital of Texas, Weatherford and Parker County growers produce many
peaches. The Peach is celebrated each year at the Parker County Peach Festival, Weatherford’s largest event and one of the best-attended festivals in Texas.Fact|date=June 2008 More than 35,000 visitors come to Weatherford for the festival.
William Hood Simpsonis seated at the far left in this photo next to Gen. George Patton.]
William Hood Simpson(May 18, 1888 – August 15, 1980) was a U.S. Army officer who commanded the U.S. Ninth Army in northern Europe, during World War II, among other roles.
Weatherford is the place in which one of Texas' greatest authors, Edwin Lanham, was raised, and the slightly-veiled setting for his most critically acclaimed work "The Wind Blew West."
Weatherford is also the birthplace and was the home of
Mary Martin, a Broadway star, known for her portrayal of Peter Pan. Her son, Larry Hagman, became a TV star, best known as J.R. Ewingon the television melodrama " Dallas". Hagman still makes appearances for special occasions and to assist many Weatherford charities.
Former U.S. Speaker of the House
Jim Wrightgrew up in Weatherford and wrote a book about his youth, "Weatherford Days…a Time of Learning".
Douglas Chandormoved to Weatherford to be with the love of his life, Weatherford native, Ina Kuteman. Known for his portraits of the rich and famous including Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chandor created gardens that are now open to the public.
Laramie Walton a famous heeler starring in several commercials.
Two state representatives
Weatherford County has been represented in the Texas State House since
1985by two Republicans, Richard F. "Ric" Williamson ( 1952- 2007) and Phillip Stephen King. Originally a Democrat, Williamson switched parties and served until 1999, when he was succeeded by King, one of the more conservativemembers of the legislature. Williamson's old friend and former legislative colleague, Governor Rick Perry, appointed him to the Texas Transportation Commission, of which he became the chairman in 2004. Williamson died of a third heart attackon December 30, 2007. He had been a champion of Perry's controversial Trans Texas Corridor toll roadproject.
* [http://www.ci.weatherford.tx.us City of Weatherford]
* [http://www.weatherford-chamber.com/ Weatherford Chamber of Commerce]
* View [http://texashistory.unt.edu/search/?q=%22United+States+-+Texas+-+Parker+County+-+Weatherford%22&t=dc.coverage Historic photos of Weatherford] from the Weatherford College Library, hosted by the [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ Portal to Texas History]
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