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Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Wichita Falls is the county seat of Wichita County and encompasses all of Archer, Clay and Wichita Counties.

History

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_Falls,_Texas

The Choctaw Native Americans settled the area in the early 19th century from their native Mississippi area once Americans negotiated to relocate them after the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. American settlers arrived in the 1860s to form cattle ranches. The city was officially titled Wichita Falls on September 27, 1872. The Fort Worth & Denver City Railway arrived in September 1882, the same year the city became the county seat of Wichita County.

A flood in 1886 destroyed the original falls on the Wichita River for which the city was named. After nearly 100 years of visitors wanting to visit the nonexistent falls, the city built an artificial waterfall beside the river in Lucy Park.

Wichita Falls was once home to offices of several oil companies and related industries, along with oil refineries operated by the Continental Oil Company (now Conoco Phillips) until 1952 and Panhandle Oil Company American Petrofina) until 1965.

A devastating tornado hit the north and northwest portions of Wichita Falls along with Sheppard Air Force Base during the afternoon of April 3, 1964. As the first violent tornado on record to hit the Wichita Falls area, it left seven dead and more than 100 injured. Additionally, the tornado caused roughly $15 million in property damage with about 225 homes destroyed and another 250 damaged. It was rated as an F5, the highest rating on the Fujita scale, but it is overshadowed by the 1979 tornado.

An F4 tornado struck the heavily populated southern sections of Wichita Falls in the late afternoon on Tuesday, April 10, 1979 (known locally as "Terrible Tuesday"). It was part of an outbreak that produced 30 tornadoes around the region. Despite having nearly an hour's advance warning that severe weather was imminent, 42 people were killed (25 in vehicles) and 1,800 were injured because it arrived just in time for rush hour. It left 20,000 people homeless and caused $400 million in damage.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheppard_Air_Force_Base

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World%27s_littlest_skyscraper

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Dancing_Rabbit_Creek

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_River

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Red_River_Valley_tornado_outbreak#Wichita_Falls,_Texas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wichita

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotter%27N_Hell_Hundred