Introduction to Weatherford, Texas
Weatherford, Texas, in Parker county, is 27 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas. The city has a population of approximately 19,000.
Tribes of Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. In fact, even after settlers arrived in the 1840s, there were frequent reports of skirmishes with the Native Americans. These attacks, which continued well into the 1870s, resulted in the death of several residents. The community was named "Weatherford" in honor of State Senator, Jefferson Weatherford. The city got its first railroad in June, 1880. In 1908, the Santa Fe Depot was built in Weatherford. Due to its large-scale production of peaches, the city was named "Peach Capital of Texas" by the State Legislature.
Weatherford and Nearby Attractions
- Acton State Historic Site
- Little Chapel-in-the-Woods
- Pate Museum of Transportation
- Holland Lake Park
- Dallas Zoo
- Fort Worth Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Weatherford
Acton State Historic Site, which has the burial site of Davy Crockett's wife, Elizabeth Crockett, is near Weatherford. The city also offers easy access to the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, which was created in 1941 by O'Neil Ford, and is often considered to be one of the finest buildings in Texas. Weatherford is home to several parks and recreational areas like the Soldier Springs Park, Holland Lake Park, Cherry Park, Love Street Park, and Cartwright Park. Activities like swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping can be enjoyed at the Lake Mineral Wells State Park. Opportunities to play golf are available at the 18-hole disc golf course, Weatherford Disc Golf. Among the other popular destinations in the area are Fort Worth Botanical Garden, Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. The city of Weatherford also hosts the Parker County Peach Festival every year which draws more than 30,000 visitors, and features art and craft booths, food vendors, children's activities, and live music.
The closest major airport is Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport.
Weatherford Higher Education
Weatherford College is located in the city of Weatherford. Tarleton State University, Texas Christian University, and Texas Wesleyan University are situated nearby.