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Physical Features: Northwestern county, rolling to hilly, drained by Wichita, Trinity River forks; Lake Kickapoo, Lake Diversion, Lake Wichita, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Cooper and Lake Olney; black, red loams, sandy soils; mesquites, post oaks.
Economy: Cattle, milk production, oil, hunting leases. Part of Wichita Falls metropolitan area.
History: Caddo, Comanche, Kiowas and other tribes in the area until 1875; Anglo-American settlement developed soon afterward. County created from Fannin Land District in 1858; organized in 1880. Named for Dr. B.T. Archer, Republic commissioner to United States.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 88.8; Black, 1.3; Hispanic, 8.1; Asian, 0.6; Other, 2.0.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 84; deaths, 81; marriages, 32; divorces, 21.
Recreation: Hunting of deer, turkey, dove, feral hog, coyote; fishing in area lakes, rodeo in June.
Minerals: Oil and natural gas.
Agriculture: Cow/calf, stocker cattle, dairy, wheat, hay, silage and horses. Market value $76.8 million.
ARCHER CITY (1,891) county seat; cattle, oil field service center; museum; book center; Royal Theatre productions; some manufacturing.
|Archer City's Royal Theatre, focus of 'The Last Picture Show'. Photo by Robert Plocheck.|