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County
Wichita
Region
Panhandle Plains
Population
2010 Census - 2,791
2000 Census - 3,168
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Towns
Electra, Texas
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Electra Texas History:
Rancher Daniel Waggoner arrived in the area in 1852. After the 1885 arrival of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway, Waggoner and his son built loading pens and persuaded railroad officials to establish a switch at the site. The community that developed was initially called Waggoner but was renamed Beaver when the post office was established in 1889. In 1902, the town was renamed for W.T. Waggoner’s daughter, sculptress Electra Waggoner Biggs who sculpted many notables including Franklin Roosevelt. Many of her sculptures are located in the Red River Museum in Vernon, Texas. Electra incorporated in 1907. After the 1911 Clayco No. 1 oil well blew, the town became a boom area. The town's population reached 5,000 within months. Because the land was already leased, many who rushed to Electra seeking quick profits left. Electra was voted the Pump Jack Capital of Texas" due to the approximately 5,000 pump jacks located within a 10 miles radius. Electra is located at the intersections of U.S. 287 (Front Avenue), SH 25 (Bailey Street), and FM 1739 (Douglas Road), 54 miles southeast of Quanah, 23.3 miles southeast of Vernon, approximately 12 miles south of the Red River, 24.5 miles southwest of Burkburnett, 29 miles northwest of Wichita Falls, 16.4 miles northwest of Iowa Park, 37.7 miles northwest of Archer City, and 51 miles northeast of Seymour, Texas.
 
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great war chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email  Plains Trail Map
 
Downtown Historical District & Grand Theatre:  
This nine block area was created in 1987. The 1919 Grand Theater was deeded to the city in 1994. It is currently being renovated for use as a community auditorium, and entertainment and arts venue. The theatre is located at 114 North Waggoner. Contact the Main Street office for more information on this district. (940) 495-3758.  
 
Old City Light Plant:
The electric generating equipment is located in a 1930s WPA built brick building. Tours are offered weekly. (940) 495-3758.  
 
WPA Post Office Murals History:
During the Great Depression FDR created the New Deal Program to provide jobs for out of work American men by funding construction projects to build post offices and other buildings, and state and local parks. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was created in May, 1935, under the New Deal Program. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture, later known as The Section of Fine Arts, put artists to work by funding Post Office Murals to be placed in the new post offices. Though the majority of the post office art consists of oil paintings on canvas, other art mediums were also used. The murals are located in every state. Post Office Murals Photos
 
Electra WPA Post Office Mural:
The three plaster relief panels "Oil, Cattle, Wheat" were created by Allie Tennant in 1940. (940) 495-2332.
The mural is located at the U.S. Post Office at 200 W. Cleveland Avenue, Electra, Texas 76350.
 
Electra Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, genealogy resources, fax and copy machines, meeting rooms, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; closed Saturday and Sunday. (940) 495-2208. 401 North Waggoner Street.
 
Electra Community Center Event Venue:
This reservable community center is located in the 1890s Rocky Point School building. The building was moved from its original location to City Park. Amenities include an event area, a kitchen, tables and chairs and an ADA compliant restroom. 501 East Roosevelt Street. (940) 495-2146. 
 
Electra Fairgrounds & RV Park:
Amenities include rodeo facilities, a dump station, children’s fishing pond, picnic tables and BBQ grills, three picnic pavilions, restrooms, 8 pull through RV spaces with water and electric service. The city offers one night free with a paid RV hookup. For RV space availability or to have the restrooms unlocked call the Electra police department at (940) 495-2131. For rodeo facility information call (940) 495-2146. The Electra Fairgrounds located at 701 East Cleveland on the eastern edge of Electra, one block north of Business 287. RV Space Info
 
Annual Pump Jack Festival, 1st Saturday in Apr:
Activities include a kid’s parade, a square dance, live music and a car show. (940) 495-3577. Chamber Email
 
Annual Electra Goat Barbeque Cook-Off & Craft Show, May:
Activities include an arts and crafts show, a Calcutta auction and cow patty plop, live music, games, live entertainment, a Friday night dance to live music, the famous Cookie-Toss contest, a jackpot steak and jackpot beans competition, a salsa competition, and the Lone Star Barbecue Society sanctioned barbeque cook-off. Cook-off categories include goat, brisket, pork spare ribs and chicken. This event is usually held the Friday and Saturday preceding Mother’s Day at the Electra Fairgrounds at 701 East Cleveland Street on the eastern edge of Electra, one block north of Business 287. (940) 495-3577. Chamber Email
 
Annual Holiday of Lights Parade, Nov:
The Pump Jack Capital Association sponsors this event which is usually held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 6pm. (940) 495-3577. Chamber Email
 
Annual Santa Claus Visit, Dec:
Santa will give each child a goody bag with fruit, candy and a coloring book and crayons. Each child will receive a ticket to enter into the drawing for a six foot stocking filled with toys. This event is held at 10am at the Electra Chamber of Commerce at (112 West Cleveland Street. (940) 495-3577. Chamber Email