This city on the western edge of Wichita County is named after cattle baron W.T. Waggoner's daughter. The Waggoners were pioneers in the area. Briefly known as Waggoner, the town's name was changed to Beaver (for nearby Beaver Creek) when the railroad station and post office were established. In 1902, it was renamed in honor of Electra Waggoner. In 1911, an oil company leased a tract of land from W.T., and the famous North Texas oil boom began.
In 1911, the gusher of Clayco No. 1, just north of town opened oil fields in the area, which today still support 5,000 pumping units within a 10-mile radius of town. Electra was named the "Pump Jack Capital of Texas" by the Texas Legislature.
Festivals include the Electra Goat Barbecue on Mother's Day weekend and the Holiday of Lights Christmas Parade and Angel Lighting.
RV hookups are available at the Fairgrounds on East Cleveland. 940/495-2131. www.cityofelectra.com.
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