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Welcome to Electra, Texas USA. Classic, Historic, and Progressive

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This is a little history of Electra, Tx.
with information on public schools
main street project, the pumpjack festival,
annual goat barbecue,  the library,
main street pictures, industry and
recreation.We'll be visiting the Grand
Theatre, still a sight to see, and a lot
more. Check our Event Updates

Where the Heck is Electra ??



25 miles west of Wichita Falls on US 287

Here you'll see a little history of Electra, Tx. with information on public schools
main street project, the pumpjack festival, annual goat barbecue, rib bbq
chicken bar-bq, the library, main street pictures, industry and recreation.
We'll be visiting the Grand Theatre, still a sight to see, and more.

Home of TexasCook.Com and lots of other good folks including
Rich Skelton, 5 time world champion team roper and
the USA representative in the 2002 Olympics.

Special thanks to the folks at the Electra Public Library
for the help acquiring information to write this page.

The Original Electra Depot, around 1912


I suppose Electra should have been named Waggoner
and in a way it was. Named for Electra Waggoner a long
time ago, but it was in this galaxy. A long story leading up
to the actual naming and moving in of the population, but
I'll try to cut to the chase. By 1902 more houses and people
were in the village previously called Beaver and since there
was a town called Waggoner and Beaver in Oklahoma, the
villagers petitioned for a change to the unofficial mayor, Bony
Moore, foreman of the Waggoner's White Face Ranch to change
the name to "Electra" after W.T. Waggoner's daughter.
It was done on May 1, 1902

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In 1900-1901 Waggoner tried to find artesian water for his
cattle, first about 2 blocks north of the railroad station
(then his pasture). He got black, greasy stuff and abandoned it.

Electra in 1912

He then hired Gates Brothers well diggers to go 2000 feet just
2 blocks south of the station, but when they also got oil, he
ordered them off and threatened to not pay them. They gave
him legal troubles but left the hole. It was still there in 1923.
An open hole with oil rising nearly to the top.


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