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County
Wheeler
Region
Panhandle Plains
Population
2010 Census - 1,592
2000 Census - 1,378
Nearby
Towns
Wheeler, Texas
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Wheeler Texas History:
Ranchers began moving into the area in the early 1880s. In 1904, ranchers Robert B. Rogers and J. E. Stanley moved into the area. With the intent of having the county seat moved from Mobeetie to their site, they surveyed the land, established the town of Wheeler, and began promoting it. Rogers became postmaster and had the first telephone. By 1906 Wheeler had two real estate offices and two general stores. In a contested election in December of that year, Wheeler was elected the new county seat of Wheeler County. The county courthouse in Mobeetie was moved on wheels to Wheeler. The county jail remained behind and is now a museum. A bank and drugstore were established in Wheeler, and a school was established in a building relocated from Bronco, Texas. By 1910, Wheeler had a cotton gin, several stores and 300 residents. Wheeler never benefited from having railroad service, but the discovery of oil ten miles away caused the population to grow to 1,860 by 1929. Today Wheeler is the commercial center of a rich farming, ranching, and petroleum area. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, turkeys, dove, pheasant and Lesser Prairie Chickens. Wheeler is located 13 miles west of the Texas-Oklahoma state line at the intersections of U.S. 83 (Alan L. Bean Boulevard), SH 152 (Oklahoma Avenue) and FM 2473, 96 miles northeast of Amarillo, 37.4 miles northeast of McLean, 43 miles north of Wellington, 72 miles northeast of Clarendon, 42 miles southeast of Pampa, 33.5 miles southeast of Miami, 80 miles southeast of Perryton, 34.4 miles southeast of Canadian, 12 miles southeast of Mobeetie, 60 miles south of Lipscomb, 17 miles north of Shamrock, and 43 miles north of Wellington, Texas.

Astronaut Alan Bean:
On September 14, 2016 Astronaut Alan Bean attended the unveiling of his statue in Wheeler, his birthplace.The statue is located in front of the Wheeler Historical Museum on the north side of Wheeler on110 North Alan Bean Boulevard (U.S. 83).  
 
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
 
Wheeler County AgriLife Extension Office:
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offices are responsible for 4-H and youth programs, agriculture and natural programs, family and consumer science, and community development. They also have hunting information. They manage head start, senior citizen, home economics, agriculture, 4-H and other programs. If your tomatoes have blight, contact them. If you need to know something regarding a small town, contact them or the county judge’s office. (806) 826-5243. 7939 U.S. 83, Wheeler, Texas 79096. Email 
 
"In Times Past" Tour:
This 6 hour tour includes visits to the one room “Rock School” on the Britt Ranch, a rock barn on the Stiles Ranch, a rock house on the Puryear Ranch, Hidetown (Mobeetie) the early buffalo camp, Fort Elliott, the Wheeler County Jail Museum in Mobeetie, New Mobeetie, Finsterwald Ranch, Price’s Battlefield and Buffalo Wallow; lunch is included in the $30 ticket price. The tour begins and ends in Wheeler. (888) 826-3790. (806) 826-3790. Email
 
"Military" Tour:
This four hour tour includes visits to Hidetown, the Mobeetie Cemetery, Old Mobeetie, Fort Elliott, the Mobeetie Jail Museum, Price’s Battlefield and Buffalo Wallow. Lunch is included in the $25 ticket price. (888) 826-3790. (806) 826-3790. Email
 
"Historical Structures" Tour:
This 4 hour tour includes visits to the Frye Rock House, the Rock School and Cemetery, Hidetown (Mobeetie), the Mobeetie Cemetery, Old Mobeetie, Fort Elliott, Mobeetie Jail Museum, Finsterwald Ranch, the Wheeler County Courthouse, and the 1916 Wheeler County Jail. The price of the tour is $20. . (888) 826-3790. (806) 826-3790. Email
 
"Surviving in the Panhandle" Tour:
This 2 to 3 hour tour includes visits to the Rock School, Hidetown, Mobeetie Cemetery, Fort Elliott, the Mobeetie Jail Museum, New Mobeetie History, Finsterwald Ranch, and the town of Wheeler. The price of the tour is $20. . (888) 826-3790. (806) 826-3790. Email
 
Wheeler County Courthouse, 1925:
This beautiful brick courthouse was designed in Classical Revival style by architect E. H. Eads of Shamrock, Texas. Most of the courthouses designed and built during the 1920s are beautiful. The courthouses built by the WPA during the Great Depression of the 1930s and those built later are by necessity more box like and utilitarian due to the lack of funds. Mobeetie was the first Wheeler County seat. When Wheeler was selected county seat in 1907, the 1888 Wheeler County courthouse was moved from Mobeetie to Wheeler. A photo of this courthouse hangs in the district clerk’s office in the current courthouse. The 2010 Wheeler County census was 5,410. (806) 826-5544. 401 Main Street.
 
Wheeler County Jail, 1929:
The jail was designed in the same style as the 1925 Wheeler County courthouse. Today it houses the jail and the sheriff’s office. It is located on the courthouse square. (806) 826-5537.
 
Wheeler Historical Museum & Astronaut Alan Bean Statue:
The museum features Wheeler educational materials, local veterans information, and other exhibits. The museum is located in the restored American Legion West-Pannon Post 138 building. The building restoration was completed in early 2014 and is located on the north side of Wheeler on110 North Alan Bean Boulevard (U.S. 83). (806) 663-9511.  
 
Mobeetie Old Jail Museum, Mobeetie, TX:
Exhibits in the restored 1886 jail include a WWI Pistol, Indian artifacts including a headdress and war lance, an original hanging device, original Fort Elliott photos, a bottle exhibit, and other exhibits depicting the local history. (806) 845-2028.  Mobeetie is located at the intersection of FM 1046 and SH 152, 11 miles northwest of Wheeler, Texas.
 
Wheeler 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, 12:30pm-5:30pm. (806) 826-5977. 306 Canadian Street.
 
Mel’s Diner:
Most mornings area ranchers and farmers arrive at this favorite local diner as early as 6am for breakfast. Menu items include country fried steak with creamy gravy, hand cut fries, hamburgers, 12 varieties of sandwiches, Mexican food, and homemade desserts. A large children’s menu makes it a favorite place for family dining. A music jam session is held on Thursday nights. The diner was featured in the December 2008 issue of Texas Monthly as one of the best small town cafes in Texas. Open Mon-Sat, 5:30am-9pm; Sun, 6:30am-2pm. (806) 826-3756. 1905 U.S. 83. The restaurant is located 7 blocks west of Wheeler’s only stoplight. Reviews  
 
Annual Old Mobeetie (Bluegrass) Music Festival, July:
This two day live music event is held in Mobeetie, 11 miles northwest of Wheeler. Ticket prices are reasonable. RV camping is available for $15 a night. The town also hosts the Old Settler’s Reunion on Labor Day. (806) 845-2028. (806) 665-1304. (806) 662-7366.