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History of Wichita Falls

Legend of poker game winnings by John A. Scott
According to legend, the land where downtown Wichita Falls is presently located, in southeast Wichita County, was acquired in a poker game by John A. Scott of Mississippi in 1837. He packed away the certificates and promptly forgot them. Years later, the certificates were rediscovered by Scott's heirs, who commissioned M. W. Seeley to map out a townsite on the Wichita River tract. In July 1876, the townsite, as platted by Seeley, included a small waterfall on the Wichita River that was later washed away.
Fort Worth and Denver Railway arrives September 27, 1882
From 1881 to 1882, the residents of Wichita Falls induced the Fort Worth and Denver Railway Company, then building tracks west out of Fort Worth, to run the line through the town by offering substantial property concessions along the right-of-way. The arrival of the first train on September 27, 1882, triggered a boom in the sale of town lots.
Joseph Alexander Kemp, a found father, arrives
Later, to become one of the most prominent of the town's promoters, Joseph Alexander Kemp arrived in 1883. He established a small wholesale and retail business that furnished supplies for the Indian reservation at nearby Fort Sill in the Indian Territory and area residents and ranchers.
Wichita Falls becomes County Seat
Wichita Falls became the county seat of Wichita County in November 1883. It was officially incorporated on July 29, 1889, and the first meeting of the town council occurred on August 21, with Mayor Otis T. Bacon presiding.
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    Wichita Falls Regional Airport is serviced by American Airlines with connecting flights to DFW. Kickapoo Airport serves the general aviation needs of small jets and helicopters. The Travel Center handles the travel needs of bus passengers. It is serviced by Greyhound Bus Travel. The Wichita Falls Transit System, Falls Ride, provides public transportation for the City of Wichita Falls and its residents.

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    Wichita Falls is about 15 miles south of the Oklahoma border, 115 miles northwest of Fort Worth, and 140 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. It has one of the largest freeway mileages for a city of its size. It is the western terminus for Interstate 44. Highways leading to or through Wichita Falls include 287, 277, 281, and 82. State Highway 240 ends at Wichita Falls and State Highway 79 runs through it.

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    The 2010 census has the Wichita Falls population at 104,553, making it the 38th-most populous city in Texas. It is home to Sheppard Air Force Base, which houses the Air Force's largest technical training wing and the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, the world's only multi-nationally staffed and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for both USAF and NATO.

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    Climate Info

    The hottest month is usually August with average temps of 97°F, temperatures have hit 117 °F. The coldest month is January with average temps of 43 °F, snowfall is sporadic and averages 4.1 in. The wettest month is usually June with an average of 1.44" of rain, Wichita Falls receives an average of 9.02" per year. The windiest month is probably April with an average wind speed of 11 mph.

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