Introduction to Iowa Park, Texas
Iowa Park, Texas, in Wichita county, is 10 miles W of Wichita Falls, Texas (center to center) and 115 miles NW of Fort Worth, Texas. The city, which is conveniently located inside the Wichita Falls metropolitan area, has an estimated 6,431 residents.
Iowa Park History
Iowa Park was founded in 1888 by D.C. and A. J. Kolp, who named it Daggett Switch. It quickly developed into a center for agricultural marketing. A post office was built in 1888 and the town was incorporated in 1891. A drought in 1893 brought challenges to the area. The next period of growth was spurred by the discovery of oil just before the end of the First World War. The Sheppard Air Force Base, which was built nearby during the 1950s, contributed to the Iowa Park's growth.
Iowa Park and Nearby Attractions
- Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center
- Fort Belknap
- Lake Arrowhead State Park
- Lake Wichita
Things To Do In Iowa Park
Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center displays exhibits about art, history and science. Fort Belknap is another historically important destination which was built by Brig. Gen. William G. Belknap to protect the Texas frontier. Spread across 524 acres, the Lake Arrowhead State Park offers hiking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, golf, swimming, and camping areas for guests.
Iowa Park Transportation
Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport is the nearest major airport.
Iowa Park Higher Education
Midwestern State University and Vernon College are near Iowa Park.