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map of Wise County
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Physical Features: Northwest county of rolling prairie, some oaks; clay, loam, sandy soils; West Fork of the Trinity River, Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake.

Economy: Petroleum, sand and gravel, agribusiness, many residents work in Fort Worth.

History: Caddo Indian groups. Delaware tribe present when Anglo-Americans arrived in the 1850s. County created in 1856 from Cooke County, organized the same year; named for Virginian, U.S. Sen. Henry A. Wise, who favored annexation of Texas.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 76.0; Black, 1.6; Hispanic, 20.0; Asian, 0.7; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 1.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 837; deaths, 554; marriages, 434; divorces, 278.

Recreation: Lake activities, hunting, exotic deer preserve, historical sites, Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland, heritage museum; Decatur Chisholm trail days in June, Bridgeport Butterfield stage days in July.

Minerals: Gas, oil, sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, hay, dairies, horses, wheat, goats. Market value $46.3 million.

DECATUR (7,013) county seat; petroleum center, dairying, cattle marketing, some manufacturing; hospital.

BRIDGEPORT (7,092) trade center for lake resort, oil and gas production, manufacturing, prison release facility; time-share housing, art community.

Other towns include: Alvord (1,605); Aurora (1,576) sand and gravel, manufacturing, equestrian center, “alien crash” site; Boyd (1,467) chili cookoff in May; Briar (6,342, mostly in Tarrant County); Chico (1,170); Greenwood (76); Lake Bridgeport (398); Newark (1,228); New Fairview (1,581); Paradise (572); Pecan Acres (4,374, partly in Tarrant County); Rhome (1,933); Runaway Bay (1,540) tourism, fishing, boating, golf club, Firecracker Scramble in July; Slidell (175).

LBJ Grassland

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland near Greenwood. Photo by Robert Plocheck.