city, seat of Parker county, north-central Texas, U.S. It lies some 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth. It originated in 1855 as the county seat and was named for Jefferson Weatherford, a member of the Texas Senate. Indian raids hampered the growth of the city until the 1870s; in 1880 the first railroad reached Weatherford, which then developed as a shipping centre for the county. The city's economic activities, although basically agricultural, include the manufacture of oil-field and electronic equipment, furniture, and rubber and plastic products. Weatherford (community) College originated in 1869 as a branch of Southwestern University. The Texas Railroad Museum is housed in the city's old Santa Fe Depot. Chandor Gardens, located in the historic district, combines English gardens with Chinese architecture. Considered the "Peach Capital of Texas," the city hosts the annual Parker County Peach Festival. Weatherford is also known for its cutting horses. Weatherford Lake on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River is 7 miles (11 km) east. Inc. 1858. Pop. (1990) 14,804; (2000) 19,000.
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