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.
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.