Nocona Texas History:
In the 1870s, William Broaddus and D. C. Jordan moved their 15,000 head of cattle to the Nocona area and established a ranch. In 1887, Jordan donated land for a townsite to the Gainesville, Henrietta and Western Railroad in exchange for them building the tracks across his land. The town was originally called Jordanville, but was renamed Nocona after Comanche Indian Chief Peta Nocona, husband of Cynthia Ann Parker who was kidnapped by the Comanche when she was a child. The Nocona post office opened in 1887. In 1889, boot maker Herman Joseph Justin moved his boot making business from Burlington to Nocona. In 1925, the sons of the late Herman Justin moved their factory to Fort Worth, but their sister remained and opened her own boot company. Nocona is located at the intersection of U.S. 82, FM 103, FM 1956 and SH 175 (Montague Street), 47 miles southeast of Wichita Falls, 27.6 miles southeast of Henrietta and Arrowhead Lake, 38 miles northwest of Gainesville, 32 miles northwest of Lindsay, 23 miles northwest of Muenster, 13.6 miles northwest of Saint Jo, 11 miles north of Montague, and 19 miles northeast of Bowie, Texas.
Tales N' Trails Museum & Nocona Visitors Center:
This museum features exhibits depicting the area’s history in the areas of oil, leather, agriculture, western heritage and Native Americans. The museum has a research sections, a regional tourist center and a gift shop selling local arts and crafts. The museum offers traveling exhibits, classes, lectures and special events. Ask for a Nocona tour map. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm. (940) 825-5330. 1552 U.S. 82 East.
The Stonewall Saloon Museum, 1873, Saint Jo, TX:
The museum opened in 1958. It features swinging doors, a bar from Floresville, and exhibits depicting the history of St. Jo and the area. When the wall paint was removed during a restoration, an 1870s mural was discovered. The museum is located on the Courthouse Square which is located on Howell Street. Saint Jo is located at the intersection of U.S. 82 and FM 677 (Boggess Street), 13.6 miles southeast of Nocona, 14.6 miles southwest of Montague, and 9.4 miles northwest of Muenster, Texas. Email Saint Jo Texas Map; Click to Enlarge St. Jo Texas Area Map
Nocona Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm; closed Saturday and Sunday. (940) 825-6373. 10 Cooke Street.