The seat of Erath County, this city began in 1850 with settlement by the Stephens brothers in the area. John Stephens donated the original town site. Among several industries is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Southwest. The area is the state's leading producer of popular Coastal Bermuda range grass, and the county is state's largest dairy producer. Home of Tarleton State University, which features the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center and Gallery as well as the TSU Planetarium.
Annual events include the Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame parade, induction and PRCA Rodeo in the spring; Firecracker 100 Bike Race, DairyFest and Concert in the Park series in the summer; and the Annual Antiques Show and Sale and Texas Ag Expo in the fall.
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