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TRAVEL AWAITS – Backed by a long history as an oil and cattle town, the arts and culture scene is still going strong in Wichita Falls. Joseph Kemp and Frank Kell, brothers-in-law, helped grow the city for decades, and today you see them commemorated at museums and other landmarks. I feel a bit nostalgic, knowing that my daddy was born here in 1929 when Granddaddy worked a stint in the oil fields before moving back to the old home place. Sheppard Field, an Army Air Corps training facility, bolstered the economy and reopened as Sheppard Air Force Base in 1948, a significant training center for the Air Force and NATO.

In April 1979, a devastating tornado struck the southern part of the city, destroying 20 percent of the homes and businesses, killing 45 people, and injuring more than 3,200. The resilient city recovered within 3 years, enjoying an early 1980s boost in the oil business, then suffering a late-decade slump. You’ll find historical surprises, lots of green space, art attractions, and foodie destinations that will keep you busy.

  • The Mane Event
  • Lucy Park
  • Wichita Falls Waterfall
  • River Bend Nature Center
  • Littlest Skyscraper
  • Local Murals
  • Jenny To Jet Exhibit
  • Museum Of North Texas History
  • The Ward Building
  • Kell House Museum
  • P’s Crazy Car Museum
  • The Wee-Chi-Tah Sculpture
  • Hotter’N Hell Hundred
  • Dr. White’s Sanitorium – Old Insane Asylum

This article was written by Janie H. Pace.