is a quintessential Texas
town with its courthouse square, a history dotted with a cast of colorful
characters, and an identity rooted in its history. Weatherford became a railroad town in the
late nineteenth century and quickly emerged as a banking, agriculture and
commercial center. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Parker County
was one of Texas’ top watermelon producing
counties and at one point proclaimed itself the “World’s Greatest Watermelon
Center.” Weatherford took
advantage of its watermelon title by advertising it on postcards and even
erecting a watermelon statue in the courthouse square. In the early days of
automobile tourism, Weatherford knew they had to have a selling point, and used the popularity of watermelon to lure in tourists. Today, Weatherford is better
known as the cutting horse capital of the world, celebrating its Western
heritage roots and thriving equestrian industries.
East Bankhead Drive, from IH-20 west to
The 7.1-mile stretch of road on
the east side of town is one of the few places in the state retaining the name
Bankhead. In town, the tree-lined road passes the Texas Pythian Home, often
called the “Castle on the Hill.” Enjoy the drive out of the city past scenic landscapes and small farms
as you head into Aledo.
Weatherford Chamber of
401 Fort Worth Hwy.