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County
Parker
Region
Praries & Lakes
Population
2010 Census - 25,250
2000 Census - 19,000
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Towns
Weatherford, Texas
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Weatherford Texas History:
In an 1855 election, the Weatherford townsite was voted over two other eligible sites to be the county seat of the newly formed Parker County. It was named Weatherford in honor of Jefferson Weatherford who was instrumental in the county’s formation. For the next ten years, Weatherford was the most western frontier town in north Texas. Weatherford incorporated in 1858 and the post office was established in 1859. During the Indian raids that lasted until the early 1870s, Parker County residents fled to Weatherford for protection. In 1880, the Texas and Pacific Railway built a line through town. The Santa Fe Railway arrived in 1887. The Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railway, began operations in 1891. With railroad service, Weatherford became a commercial and shipping center for area ranchers and farmers, and it continues to serve in that capacity today. Watermelon has been the main crop since 1900. Weatherford is also a manufacturing center. Weatherford Lake was impounded on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River in 1959. Weatherford is located on Town Creek at the intersections of U.S. 180, IH-20 and SH 171, 16.5 miles east of Millsap, 58 miles southeast of Graham, 45 miles southeast of Possum Kingdom Lake, 19 miles southeast of Mineral Wells, 43 miles southeast of Jacksboro, 41 miles southeast of Runaway Bay and Lake Bridgeport, 36.6 miles southwest of Decatur, 52 miles southwest of Grapevine, 19.7 miles southwest of Azle, 16 miles southwest of Springtown, 43 miles west of Arlington, 23 miles west of White Settlement, 33.5 miles northwest of Fort Worth, 22.5 miles northwest of Benbrook, 39.7 miles northwest of Cleburne, 49 miles north of Glen Rose, 33.4 miles north of Granbury, and 50 miles northeast of Stephenville, Texas.
 
Historic SH 89 Camelback Pony Truss Brazos River Bridge, Millsap, TX:
This bridge was built in in 1939 when the road was known as SH 89. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is located on IH-20 near Millsap, Texas. 
 
Historic Weatherford:
There are many historic Victorian, Queen Anne, and Greek revival homes. Famous persons’ homes include U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright’s boyhood home, and the home where Broadway star Mary Martin was born, and where her son Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing on the TV show “Dallas,” grew up. Famed cattle drover Oliver Loving is buried in Greenwood Cemetery. After being attacked by Indians in New Mexico in 1867, Loving’s dying wish to his friend, Charles Goodnight, was to be buried in his home, Parker County. Goodnight brought the body back 600 miles by wagon for burial. This story was the inspiration behind Texas author Larry McMurtry’s novel, Lonesome Dove. The Parker County Heritage Society offers online heritage trail maps. Tour maps are also available at the Chamber of Commerce, 401 Ft. Worth St., Weatherford; (888) 594-3801 or (817) 596-3801.
 
Parker County Courthouse, 1885:
The limestone courthouse was designed in Second Empire style by architect Dodson & Dudley. It closely resembles the courthouses W.C. Dodson designed in Coryell, Denton, Hill, Hood and Lampasas Counties. Weatherford complies with the state’s legal request that county seats be located “within” five miles of the county’s geographic center by putting the courthouse on the exact center and even celebrating the spot with a decorative floor. The courthouse was restored in the early 2000s. The 2010 Parker County census was 116,927. (817) 598-6148. One Courthouse Square, Weatherford, TX 76086.  
 
Old Santa Fe Train Depot, 1910:
The restored depot houses the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. The restored AT & Santa Fe caboose is located north of the depot at Jim Bozzell Memorial Plaza. The depot is located at 401 Fort Worth Highway. (817) 596-3801.