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The Mane Event, a Leadership Wichita Falls project, presents more than 50 amazing life-size fiberglass horses created in the style of Chicago’s famous Cows on Parade. Artistically painted by 30 artists, the horses have made their home at various sponsor locations around the city. Most are placed outdoors and can be seen from your vehicle. Visit the website for a detailed map.

STOMPING GROUND STUDIO Call for directions • 940-438-2330

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the beauty of Jack Stevens’ work while here. His bronze sculptures include the Wee-Chi-Tah, one of America’s largest sculptures that features the First Nation of America, and the Mustangs at MSU. Jack invites visitors to his studio, but he only asks that you call first, as he’d hate to miss you when you come!


2407 Kemp Blvd. • 940-322-3372 Bob Beck’s original artworks reflect his fondness of the South and Southwest, with subjects ranging from old homesteads deep in the heart of Texas to old churches and pueblos in New Mexico, to the majestic streams and mountains of Colorado. His work is represented in galleries in Santa Fe, Chimayo and Taos. Open Mon–Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Bob frequently travels, so it is suggested that you call first to ensure the gallery is open.



The Wichita Falls Art Association is a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to promoting visual arts in the Texoma area. This group began in 1949, from a small group of artists at the Woman’s Forum. Various works of art are on display at the Gallery including paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography, wood carvings, stained glass art and quilts. This fantastic art gallery can be found on the first floor of the historic Holt Hotel. Open TuesdaySaturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This museum is the principal institution dedicated to collecting and exhibiting works of art in the region. Selections from the museum’s permanent collection of American works of art on paper are regularly exhibited, along with temporary presentations of interdisciplinary and multicultural programs of international and national importance. Situated next to Sikes Lake, it is a favorite destination for individual activities, community gatherings and summer art camps. Open Tue–Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sat 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free (some rotating exhibits may have a fee).

600 8th Street • 940-720-2545


1501 Midwestern Parkway 940-733-3325 The Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre (WFBT) inspires audiences of all ages with its beautiful performances throughout the year. The Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre has been dedicated to ballet excellence for over 50 years, and eagerly looks forward to maintaining that tradition under the new leadership of Artistic Directors Valentine and Mishic Liberatore. Each year, the ballet attracts large audiences with performances at Memorial Auditorium. Residents and visitors alike are amazed that a city of 100,000 has a pre-professional ballet company, which adds to the culture and diversity of the city.

#2 Eureka Circle • 940-397-8900


From its rather humble beginnings as a volunteer organization in 1920, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra has grown to its present position as an outstanding asset to North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. The orchestra now employs approximately 70 professional musicians for its performances and features outstanding guest artists as soloists each year.


The Pavilion at MSU

This designated historic landmark theatre first opened in 1908 as a vaudeville and opera house, welcoming tour shows to Wichita Falls. From the ’40s through the ’70s it was a premier movie theatre. Now, completely restored to its full art deco appearance adding in a new lobby, gift shop, concession area and event space, it’s a nonprofit organization featuring Broadway-type musicals and the Encore Theatre 4 Kidz productions. Celebrating its 109th Anniversary Season, The Wichita Theatre offers year around entertainment suitable for the entire family. 2017 VISITORS GUIDE 7


In 1919, Wichita Falls was a crowded place. While area businessmen enjoyed the first of several oil booms, offices were located wherever space could be found, and “coat pocket” business addresses were as common as those of bricks and mortar. Investors practically stood in line to buy stock in a construction project proposed by a Philadelphia building engineer, a tenant of the Newby Hotel, a man whose name has been lost to history. He probably was a genuine building engineer or he could never have presented his $200,000 project so convincingly! Contracts were signed, money changed hands and construction began on the lot next door to the clever visionary’s hotel address. Trouble was, none of the investors seemed to notice that the Philadelphian’s blueprints, which called for dimensions in square feet, were actually executed in square inches until after the property, still standing after 80-plus years, was finished. By then, the Easterner had long checked out of the hotel, taking the bulk of his ill-gotten $200,000 along with him. The Littlest Skyscraper is now home to a new antique and collectible store, Hello Again.


1300 7th St. • 940-716-5500 •

The Museum of North Texas History

a 54-year career. A teller window and mail drop from the Monroe Street Station Post Office, along with a horse-drawn buggy and reproduction storefronts complete the heritage experience. The Oil Exhibit relives both the modern and glory days of the oil boom of North Texas. Open Tues–Sat 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free.

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME 712 8th Street, Suite 100 (940) 264-8123 • 1-844-307-7943

The last area Indian battle had been fought only 10 years before on the bluff where Memorial Auditorium now stands. Memorial Auditorium, built in the late 1920s, seats 2,700 people in a beautiful historical facility, which originally was a duplication of Fair Park Music Hall in Dallas with the same three portals on the front, but with a slightly different style of architecture and interior decor. In the early days, Will Rogers twirled ropes performing on stage along with Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, Ethel Barrymore, Helen Keller, Gene Autry and Bob Hope.

Wichita Falls is the proud new home of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame! The PWHF is the only real brick and mortar museum that honors the men and women from the business of Professional Wrestling. There are items and memorabilia on display at the museum from present day to as far back as the Civil War Era. All items have been donated or are on loan from the families of the men / women themselves of professional wrestling to display for the enjoyment of the fans. Admission: $3.00 per person ages 6 and up; $2.00 Adults ages 65+ and Military. Hours: Open Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.



Learn how North Texas was settled, how past wars effected our area and much more! Permanent exhibits include The Military Collection housing more than 3,000 items from the Civil War to the current conflict. The centerpiece of this collection is the Iwo Jima Room. Heritage Hall features the collection of more than 500 cowboy hats collected by Wichita Falls businessman, Nat Fleming, over

The Wichita Falls Fire and Police Museum is a hidden treasure. Inside this unassuming old building, you’ll discover fantastic fire trucks and police memorabilia that celebrates the history of our heroes. The museum includes a 1916 American LaFrance pumper, a 1967 Mack fire truck, a 1954 L Model Mack pumper, a police motorcycle and more! Open the first Saturday of each month 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Additional tours by appointment. Free.

720 Indiana Ave. • 940-322-7628

106 Pecan • 940-232-4745 •


600 11th Street • (940) 767-0868 Not just a place to read! The Wichita Falls Public Library is located on the historical site of the Antlers Hotel Fire in 1929. Within these hallowed walls lies a wealth of information and service for any visitor to the Falls. Free Wi-Fi, fax, scanning and computer usage are available, as are study carrels perfect for interviews or private conversations, and a meeting room suitable for gatherings up to twelve people. A member of Texshare, our library is not only able to offer a full variety of book, audio, and software materials, but those materials can be taken back home with you and either 1) mailed back, or 2) turned in to your own public library (within the State of Texas)! Library cards available for $25 per year for non-Wichita county residents and offer access to thousands of databases, e-books and other internet-based materials... from wherever your journey takes you. The Library is open to all who seek information and does not limit the search for knowledge. Visiting in the summer? Our library hosts activities for children and youth all summer long! Contact the library for more details and a calendar of events.


500 9th St. • 940-723-2661 • Step aboard vintage trains and take a trip back in time to learn about the history of the railroads that once ran through this area. The museum strives to preserve the railroad history of Wichita Falls, featuring equipment from six Texas railroads. One of the historical cars of this static museum is the Fort Worth & Denver Steam Locomotive #304, the oldest piece in the museum’s collection. Open Sat 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Additional tours by appointment. Admission $2 per person. 2017 VISITORS GUIDE 11


4400 Lake Park Dr. • 940-767-6107 The Champions Course at Weeks Park is an 18-hole facility providing an upscale municipal course to the area. The course is owned by the City of Wichita Falls and operated by A.P.G.L. management. It boasts more than 7,200 yards of golf, five tee boxes on each hole and Tifway 419 fairways.


316 FM 1177 • 940-855-3361

An 18-hole, par-71 championship course with four sets of tee boxes and outstanding practice facilities. The medium-length, challenging layout makes this course accommodating to all levels of golfers.

KAY YEAGER COLISEUM 1000 5th St. • 940-716-5500

Features a 120’ x 250’ arena floor, permanent seating for 6,500 people and additional temporary seating capacity for 3,500 along with handicap-accessibility and large overhead doors at each end. NBAquality hardwood basketball floor, indoor football and soccer turf, dirt flooring, ice rink or bare flooring are all available making the Coliseum a great site for any sporting event from basketball and hockey to cheerleading and rodeos.


4709 Barnett Rd. • 940-720-3039

12 lighted courts and a pro shop.

Recognized as one of the finest football stadiums in Texas and home to three Wichita Falls high school football teams, Midwestern State University, as well as the annual Oil Bowl Classic, an East vs. West Texas football game. The stadium seats approximately 14,500 fans and features paved parking for up to 3,600 cars. New playing turf and scoreboard was installed in summer 2012.



HAMILTON PARK TENNIS CENTER 3101 Hamilton • 940-766-2321

111 N Burnett St. • 940-716-5500 Events from rodeos and dog shows to festivals and motocross are held each year in this versatile facility. This ag center boasts the following amenities: 50,000 square feet of usable floor space, plus a 120’ x 270’ indoor arena that is open at both ends. The arena seats 1,200-plus, consists of 274 indoor horse stalls with 500 total stalls available, 500 cattle ties, 4 wash stalls, sheltered outdoor holding pens with access open to arena and RV hook ups available.

3410 Taft Blvd. • 940-397-4044

The campus of Midwestern State University offers many options for sports facilities as well as dorm accommodations making it a great site for hosting camps. The D.L. Ligon Coliseum is a 3,640-seat basketball and volleyball arena and includes a practice gym, weight room, training room, locker rooms and classrooms. The MSU Soccer Field boasts 120X72 yard Bermuda playing surface with seating capacity for 1,200 spectators, spacious press box and full service

concessions. The MSU Tennis Center is a lighted 8-court facility directly across from D.L. Ligon Coliseum on campus and features bleacher seating as well as elevated viewing platforms. MSU Mustangs Park is home to women’s softball with spectator seating for 600 plus press box and batting cages.


4709 Barnett • 940-642-2240 The Texoma Youth Baseball Complex is comprised of 8 total fields including 2 coach/ machine pitch fields, 2 minor fields, 1 major field, 2 t-ball fields, and 1 junior league field plus 2 batting cages. All fields are lighted except t-ball.

WEEKS PARK TENNIS CENTER 4101 Weeks Park Dr. 940-322-7700 •

Tennis center offers 9 lighted courts, all wellmaintained, and a pro shop.


502 Wichita St. • 940-636-9014 Located in historic Berend’s Landing, WeeChi-Tah BMX track provides healthy exercise and structured recreation for kids, their families and older kids-at-heart racers (3 to 60+). Bicycle Motocross can be enjoyed on a competitive or non-competitive basis. The BMX-sanctioned track hosts practices from 5 p.m. until dark (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and races starting at 3 p.m. every Saturday. Memberships are available, and daily practices are $5 per rider, race fees are $12 per day. On-site concession stand.


Lake Arrowhead •

You may be surprised to find that there are sailors in Wichita Falls, but we love the water as much as anyone! If you have a love of sunshine, fresh air, excitement and good company, then come join us! Everyone is welcome, from land-lubbing beginners to crusty old salts.

WICHITA FALLS SPORTS COMPLEX 1702 Sheppard Access Rd. 940-761-7490 •

Family complex offering 8 lighted softball fields plus portable mounds for baseball, concessions, picnic areas and more.


1721 Maurine St. •

Wichita Falls Skate Park

Skate park has 13,000 square feet of concrete! Designed by Grindline Skateparks out of Seattle, it features rails, bowls and big air jumps. Open 8 a.m.-midnight daily for everyone to enjoy. 2017 VISITORS GUIDE 15

Featured Attractions

Hotel Locations

See page 18 for information about the city’s trail system.

Hike & Bike Trail System Hike & Bike Trail System


79 Rooms

Budget Host Inn

1601 Eighth St.


35 Rooms

Miles from MPEC




Exercise Room

4540 Maplewood


Best Western Plus University Inn

Pets Allowed

65 Rooms

Free Breakfast



4510 Kell Blvd.


Baymont Inn & Suites

Meeting Rooms

ACCOMMODATIONS All hotel properties include free parking.


Candlewood Suites

1320 Central Frwy.


75 Rooms

Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels

1317 Kenley Ave.


119 Rooms

Courtyard by Marriott

3800 Tarry St.


93 Rooms

Days Inn & Suites

4500 Kell Blvd.


49 Rooms

Executive Inn

1750 Maurine St.


67 Rooms





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Fairfield Inn by Marriott

4414 Westgate


64 Rooms

Hampton Inn at Sikes Senter

4217 Kemp Blvd.


74 Rooms

Holiday Inn Express

5300 Kell Blvd.


80 Rooms



Homewood Suites by Hilton

2675 Plaza Pkwy.


73 Rooms

Howard Johnson

3209 NW Highway 287


59 Rooms


1128 Central Frwy.


139 Rooms


2511 E. Montgomery


80 Rooms

Motel 6

1211 Central Frwy. N.


60 Rooms

Motel 6

1212 Broad St.


60 Rooms

Quality Inn by Choice Hotels

1740 Maurine St.


106 Rooms

Red Roof Inn

1032 Central Frwy.


111 Rooms

Super 8 Motel

1307 Kenley Ave.


103 Rooms


1015 Walcott Lane


42 Rooms

Wichita Star Hotel

1917 N Elmwood Ave.


90 Rooms




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MEETING FACILITIES Multi-Purpose Events Center

1000 Fifth St.


Includes Kay Yeager Coliseum, Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall and the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center

5300 Kell Blvd.


9,300 sq. ft. facility + large outdoor terrace

B & S RV Campground

287 W. Harmony Rd. Exit (Iowa Park)


20 spaces with 30 amp service and sewer hookups available at each site.

Burkburnett RV Park

1202 E. Third (Burkburnett)


65 spaces with 20, 30 & 50 amp service, free Wi-Fi, on-site cable TV, 24-hour coin-operated laundry, large swimming pool, horseshoes and lighted softball field.

Coyote Ranch Resort & RV Park

200 Stephens Ranch Rd.


123 full service RV sites on concrete pads with 20, 30 & 50 amp service. 23 Cottages/Cabins and a Pacific Yurt plus family bathrooms and shower facilities, laundry, general store and banquet facilities.

Wichita Falls RV Park

2944 Seymour Hwy.

940-723-1532 or 800-252-1532

49 spaces with 20, 30 & 50 amp service. Sewer hookups at each site. Catch & release pond, pool, cable, pull-thru sites, restrooms and showers on-site.

Wichita Bend RV Park

300 Central Frwy.


28-space facility. Each space has water and electrical service (all spaces have standard 30 amp service, and 14 are 30 & 50 amp). No sewer hookups, but park has a dump station. Only RV’s with water and sewage-holding capabilities are allowed. Swinging bridge across the Wichita River takes visitors into Lucy Park.

The Wellington Banquet & Conference Center



Jefferson Street Baptist Church 401 Jefferson St. Jehovah’s Witnesses North Congregation Church 4320 Crestview St. Jehovah’s Witnesses Parkway 1400 Archer City Hwy. Lakeview Church - The Nazarene 4815 Fairway Blvd Lakeview Independent Baptist Church 5206 Fairway Blvd Lamar Baptist Church 1100 Harrison St. Legacy Church of God 1420 Texas 11 Loop Liberty Baptist Church 3116 Borton St. Life Tabernacle 4350 Seymour Hwy. Living Faith Church 6305 Southwest Parkway Love Sanctuary Church of God in Christ 700 Fort Worth St. Ministerio De Gracia 1600 Sunnyside Ln. Miracle Church of God in Christ 402 S. Rosewood Ave. Miracle Mission Church 2306 Central E. Fwy. Mitchells Chapel Church 2805 Roanoke Morning Star Baptist Church 204 E. Carolina St. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church 809 Harding St. Nehemiah Bible Base Church 800 Burkburnett Rd. New Birth Baptist Church 301 N. Rosewood Ave. New Harvest Church 1401 Red Fox Rd. New Haven Christian Center 1300 Trout St. New Jerusalem Baptist Church 1420 Borton St. Noah’s Ark Outreach Ministry 701 Harding St. Old Path COGIC 400 Patterson St. OneLife Community Church 925 Indiana Ave. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 421 Marconi St.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Business Office 4040 York St. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 4605 Cypress Ave. Overcoming Word Praise Center International 4301 Cedar Elm Ln. Park Place Christian Church 4400 Call Field Rd. Pecanway Baptist Church 1417 Pecanway Dr. Pentecostal Church of God 714 Bonner St. Pilgrim Nazarene Church 1301 Bell St. Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church 513 Fort Worth St. Pleasant Valley Baptist Church 880 Huntington Ln. Progressive Baptist Church 203 Maple St. Regeneration Church 4822 Kemp Blvd. #1100 Rephidim Church 4430 Allendale Rd. Sacred Heart Catholic Church 1501 9th St. Saint Matthews Baptist Church 412 Dallas T. Saint Paul Lutheran Church 1417 11th St. Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church 1318 Harding St. Saint Stephens Episcopal Church 5017 Lindale Dr. Scotland United Methodist Church 403 N. Broadway Seventh Day Adventist Church 1305 14th St. Shiloh Baptist Church 2506 Sheppard Access Rd. Solid Rock House of God 2201 Maurine St. Southside Baptist Church 2210 Holliday Rd. Southwest Baptist Church 4611 Coronado Ave. Southwest Family Church 4725 K Mart Dr. Spanish Literature Ministry 4212 Fairway Blvd. St. Benedict of Nursia Antiochian Orthodox Church 3808 Seymour Rd.

St. Johns Baptist Church 1009 Flood St. St. Marks United Methodist Church 4319 McNiel Ave. Sunnyside Baptist Church 1904 Old Windthorst Rd. Tabernaculo De Vida 4010 Old Iowa Park Rd. Temple of Joy (COGIC) 303 Star Ave. Templo de ala Banza 1509 Bluff St. Texoma Messianic Synagogue 2910 Kemp Blvd #209 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 4325 York St. The Cross Road Worship Center 4005 Texas 258 The Door Christian Center 808 Denver St. Trinity Baptist Church 4016 Jacksboro Hwy Trinity Lutheran Church 3505 Kemp Blvd. Turning Point Church 712 8th St. United Methodist Church 2525 Kell E. Blvd. Unity Christian Ministries 1701 Enterprise St. Unity Missionary Baptist Church 1401 Harris Ln. University United Methodist Church 3405 Taft Blvd. Victory Baptist Church 1400 Midwestern Pkwy Welch Street Church of Christ 607 Welch St. Wesley United Methodist Church 1526 Weeks St. West Side Baptist Church 1914 Buchanan St. Western Hills Baptist Church 5107 Ridgecrest Dr. Westminster Presbyterian Church 3780 Luis J Rodriguez Dr Wichita Archer Clay Baptist 3502 McNiel Ave. Wichita Falls Baptist Church 1001 8th St. Wichita Falls MCC 1401 Travis St. 2017 VISITORS GUIDE 45

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2017 visitor's guide for Wichita Falls, Texas and surrounding areas produced by The Times Record News.

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