Parker County

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Kiowas and Comanches controlled the area in the late 1840s, when settlers of European descent began moving into the region on trails along the Brazos that had previously been established by the Indians. Immigration to the area was encouraged during the early 1850s by an outbreak of malaria in Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties, and by the establishment of the Butterfield Overland Mail route in 1855. Under the leadership of Isaac Parker 224 settlers in the area signed a petition requesting the establishment of a new county, and in December 1855 the state legislature formed Parker County from Bosque and Navarro counties. Weatherford was designated as the county seat, and by 1858 the town had a new two-story brick courthouse surrounded by a handful of cabins and tents. The agricultural census counted 397 farms and ranches of three acres or larger in the county that year, as well as more than 14,000 cattle and about 4,000 sheep. "Improved" acres numbered almost 13,000.
Parker County covers 902 square miles of undulating to hilly land; elevations range from 700 to 1,200 feet above sea level. The county's gently rolling plains, situated mostly in the Rolling Timbers vegetation region, are covered by tall grasses, mesquite, and oak. Elm, walnut, and pecan trees are common along streams and valleys. Temperatures range from an average high of 96° F in July to an average low of 34° in January, and rainfall averages slightly more than thirty-two inches a year.
The county in 2002 had 3,215 farms and ranches covering 486,658 acres. Cattle, horticultural plants, horses, dairy, peaches, peanuts, and pecans were the chief agricultural products.

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Cities of Parker County

The City of Aledo, home of the Bearcats, is a community with a rich heritage and dynamic future. In the late 1800s, Aledo was first called Parker Station, and then was renamed in 1882 for the hometown of a railroad official from Aledo, Illinois. Aledo has long been known as a commercial center for Eastern Parker County with Front Street lined with many successful businesses in the early 1900s, including its own bank in 1915.

  • Aledo ISD - 4 Elementary Schools, 1 intermediate school, 1 Middle School, & 1 High School.
  • 5 city parks
  • Historic Downtown with locally owned shops and restaurants.
The City of Willow Park provides quality, effective and responsible services to its citizens and business by working today and planning for tomorrow. The City of Willow Park is conveniently located where I-20 & I-30 come together just west of Fort Worth. Willow Park offers a pristine quality of life with incredible access to everything the DFW Metroplex has to offer.
  • Aledo & Weatherford ISDs . Home of Trinity Christian Academy.
  • 8 minutes from Loop 820 & 16 minutes from Downtown Ft. Worth & I-35
The City of Hudson Oaks is an entrepreneurial city that leverages its location and unique status as a property tax free municipality to attract residents and businesses and fund facilities and services. Two small communities came together in 1978 to form the City of Hudson Oaks.
  • Located along I-20 & US Hwy 180. 5.3 miles to downtown Weatherford, 24 miles to downtown Ft. Worth, & 48 miles to DFW Airport.
  • Weatherford and Aledo ISDs
  • Host of restaurant and retail establishments along with Splash Kingdom Water Park. Future home of Parker County's HEB grocery store and several thousand sq.ft. of additional retail space.
The City of Weatherford is a historic town less than 30 minutes west of down town Ft. Worth. Known as the Cutting Horse Capital of the World, Weatherford is home to dozens of professional trainers, hall-of-fame horses and is in close proximity to Will Rogers Coliseum, where the National Cutting Horse Associations three main events are held every year.
  • Home of the Parker County Courthouse completed in 1886.
  • Weatherford ISD
  • Weatherford College, serves more than 5,700 students.
  • Named the Peach Capital of Texas and is celebrated every year at the Parker County Peach Festival
The City Azle
The City of Springtown
The City of Reno

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Updated: 8th December, 2019 12:46 AM.