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Archer County

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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.

locator map for Archer CountyHistory: 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, 88.1; Black, 1.1; Hispanic, 8.5; Asian, 0.4; Other, 0.7; Two or more races, 1.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 84; deaths, 91; 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 (1,813) county seat; cattle, oil field service center; museum; book center; Royal Theatre productions; some manufacturing.

Other towns include: Holliday (1,722) Mayfest in spring; Lakeside City (1,010); Megargel (195); Scotland (482); Windthorst (400), biannual German sausage festival (also in Scotland).

Last Picture Show of Archer City
Archer City's Royal Theatre, focus of 'The Last Picture Show'. Photo by Robert Plocheck.



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