Wichita Falls takes its name from a series of small waterfalls along the Wichita River. The original falls no longer exist, but the city has built a scenic replica in town. The name of the falls and the river itself are taken from the Wichita tribe of Native Americans.
Wichita Falls is a growing city of North Texas, the largest city north of DFW and south of Oklahoma. It is home to Sheppard Air Force Base and Midwestern State University.
The athletic teams of Midwestern State offer opportunities for sports fans to enjoy a game or two during visits.
Lake Arrowhead State Park is 14 miles south of town, while Lake Wichita is on the southern edge of the city. Both offer fine fishing and boating opportunities. Lake Arrowhead has a population of prairie dogs that is popular with visitors.
The Railroad Museum is one of the best museums in Wichita Falls, a city that sprang into its own when the railroad first arrived in 1882. There are close to 40 city parks around town.
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Wichita Falls is in far North Texas, northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and just south of the Oklahoma border. U.S. Highways 287 and 281 are the main routes between Wichita Falls and DFW, while Interstate 44 takes drivers north to Lawton, Okla., and eventually to Oklahoma City.
The Wichita Falls Municipal Airport utilizes runways at Sheppard Air Force Base. American Eagle offers flights that connect through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. DFW International Airport itself is about 120 miles from Wichita Falls. The Lawton-Ft. Sill Regional Airport in Lawton, Okla., is another option, as it is only a 60-mile drive from Wichita Falls.
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Wichita Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Wichita Falls official website
Wichita Falls Municipal Airport
Sheppard Air Force Base
Midwestern State University
Lake Arrowhead State Park
Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper