Wichita Falls


Wichita Falls
a city in N Texas. 94,201.

* * *

      city, seat (1882) of Wichita county, northern Texas, U.S. The city is located on the Wichita River in the Red River Valley, 115 miles (185 km) northwest of Fort Worth. Founded in 1876, it was named for the Wichita Indians and the low-water river falls that existed there until 1886, when they were washed away by a flood. (A falls, with 35,000 gallons [130,000 litres] recirculating per minute, has been recreated as a tourist attraction.) After the arrival (1882) of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad, it became a cattle centre.

      With the local discovery of oil and gas fields in the 1900s, the city developed petroleum industries. Agriculture (cotton, grains, and cattle), based on the surrounding irrigated region, remains an important part of a balanced economy, which includes some manufacturing. Midwestern State University was established there as a junior college in 1922; the campus contains a centre for the arts and humanities named after popular novelist Larry McMurtry (McMurtry, Larry), who was born in Wichita Falls. In April 1964 a tornado devastated the city and collapsed a hangar at nearby Sheppard Air Force Base. The city's Railroad Museum contains vintage railway cars. Lake Arrowhead State Park is located southwest of the city. Inc. 1889. Pop. (1990) city, 96,259; Wichita Falls MSA, 122,378; (2000) city, 104,197; Wichita Falls MSA, 140,518.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Wichita Falls — Spitzname: The City that Faith Built Lage in Texas Basisdaten Staat …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wichita Falls — Ciudad de los Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Wichita Falls — Wichita Falls, TX U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 104197 Housing Units (2000): 41916 Land area (2000): 70.686180 sq. miles (183.076357 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.023739 sq. miles (0.061485 sq. km) Total area (2000): 70.709919 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Wichita Falls, TX — U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 104197 Housing Units (2000): 41916 Land area (2000): 70.686180 sq. miles (183.076357 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.023739 sq. miles (0.061485 sq. km) Total area (2000): 70.709919 sq. miles (183.137842 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Wichita Falls —   [ wɪtʃɪtɔː fɔːlz], Stadt in Nordtexas, USA, am Wichita River, 98 400 Einwohner; Universität (gegründet 1922), Museum mit Kunstzentrum; Erdöl und vielseitige andere Industrie. Nördlich von Wichita Falls befindet sich die Sheppard Air Force Base… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Wichita Falls — [see WICHITA: the Wichita had lived near the site of this city from late 18th c. to the Civil War] city in NC Tex.: pop. 104,000 …   English World dictionary

  • Wichita Falls — Vue de Wichita Falls Wichita Falls est une ville du Texas située dans le comté de Wichita, aux États Unis d Amérique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Wichita Falls — Original name in latin Wichita Falls Name in other language SPS, Uichito Fols, Vichita Fols, Wichita Falls, uWichita Fallsichitaforuzu, vicita pholsa, wei qi tuo fu er si, wichitopolseu, wychyta falz, tgzas, wytshyta fwlz, tksas, Вичита Фолс,… …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Wichita Falls — Sp Vičita Fòlsas Ap Wichita Falls L JAV Vičitų apyg. c. (Teksasas) …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Wichita Falls — geographical name city N Texas on Wichita River population 104,197 …   New Collegiate Dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.