City of Weatherford

City Of Weatherford

  • <p>Old U.S. Highway 80, 1940.  (TxDOT) </p> <p>Two lane road on a bridge with courthouse at the end of the road</p>
  • <p>Parker County Courthouse, ca. 1930s</p> <p>Courthouse with tall narrow windows and sign saying Weatherford Texas fruit and melon Center</p>
  • <p>Town square, 1940. (Weatherford College/Portal to Texas History)</p> <p>City street with snow on the ground</p>
  • <p>Farmer’s market, known as Stray Days, 1939. (Library of Congress)</p> <p>City street with trucks parked and people standing around</p>
  • <p>Watermelon statue in town square, 1939. (Library of Congress)</p> <p>Large paper and wire model of a watermelon in front of a cafe</p>
  • <p>Parker County watermelon postcard. (Elaine Martin/TxGenWeb)</p> <p>Colorized postcard of a large watermelon and sign saying Weatherford Texas Parker County, the world’s greatest watermelon center</p>
  • <p>Jordan's Drive-In Restaurant's slogan was "Catering to Traveling America." (John Vandagriff)</p> <p>Building with sign saying distance from here and cities with miles</p>
  • <p>Jordan's Drive-In Restaurant postcard.</p> <p>Colorized postcard of low brick building with cement block windows labeled Jordan’s Drive In, Weatherford, Texas</p>


Weatherford is a quintessential Texas town with its courthouse square, a history dotted with a cast of colorful characters, and an identity rooted in its history. Weatherford became a railroad town in the late nineteenth century and quickly emerged as a banking, agriculture and commercial center. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Parker County was one of Texas’ top watermelon producing counties and at one point proclaimed itself the “World’s Greatest Watermelon Center.” Weatherford took advantage of its watermelon title by advertising it on postcards and even erecting a watermelon statue in the courthouse square. In the early days of automobile tourism, Weatherford knew they had to have a selling point, and used the popularity of watermelon to lure in tourists. Today, Weatherford is better known as the cutting horse capital of the world, celebrating its Western heritage roots and thriving equestrian industries.

  • <p>Sycamore and pecan trees along East Bankhead Drive.</p> <p>Tree lined street</p>
  • <p>Sycamore and pecan trees along East Bankhead Drive.</p> <p>Tree lined street</p>
  • <p>Pythian Home along East Bankhead Drive</p> <p>Castle like buildings set back from the street</p>
  • <p>Chandor Gardens</p> <p>Chinese lion statue by a cement-lined pond</p>
  • <p>East Bankhead Drive from the IH- 30/IH-20 split west to Hwy. 180</p> <p>Tree lined road with broken asphalt</p>

East Bankhead Drive, from IH-20 west to Hwy. 180

The 7.1-mile stretch of road on the east side of town is one of the few places in the state retaining the name Bankhead. In town, the tree-lined road passes the Texas Pythian Home, often called the “Castle on the Hill.” Enjoy the drive out of the city past scenic landscapes and small farms as you head into Aledo.

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Weatherford Chamber of Commerce

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