Wichita Falls

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North Texas was the traditional home of several tribes of Plains Indians, notably the Kiowa and Comanche. The first white settlers arrived in 1879, Wichita County was organized in 1882, and the railroad arrived the same year. Agriculture dominated the economy until early in the 20th century when oil was discovered in the area. This discovery led to an oil boom that peaked during World War I. For the next several years, Wichita Falls flourished as a refinery town while continuing to support the agricultural economy that was based largely on cattle and wheat. During World War II, Sheppard Air Force Base was established in Wichita Falls and is still an important contributor to the economy. The refineries have long since disappeared, but oil production and farming remain. Also important is Midwestern State University with a student body numbering approximately 6,000.
ISBN: 9780738571799
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 226
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr., Regents' and Hardin Distinguished Professor of American History, emeritus, has taught at Midwestern State University since 1970. He is a nationally known scholar with interests in state and local, as well as national, history. Images of America: Wichita Falls is his 12th book.
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