Electra is on U.S. Highway 287 and State Highway 477 fifteen miles northwest of Wichita Falls in northwestern Wichita County. Daniel Waggoner began ranching in the area in 1852. In the mid-1880s the tracks of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway reached the area. Shortly thereafter Waggoner and his son William T. Waggoner built loading pens and persuaded railroad officials to establish a switch at the site in 1885. The location was briefly called Waggoner, but with the construction of a depot and the opening of a post office in 1889, it was renamed Beaver, probably for Beaver Creek, beside which most of the original Waggoner ranchland was located. Within ten years Beaver provided businesses and a school for Waggoner employees. In 1902 residents selected the name Electra, in honor of W. T. Waggoner's daughter. In 1905 Waggoner sold the land to Fort Worth developer Solomon Williams. He and his partners formed the Electra Land and Colonization Company, which extended the city limits, subdivided the town lots, and advertised in national publications to attract residents. The company was successful, and in 1907 the community incorporated with a commission form of government and 500 residents. The town grew to an estimated 1,000 people by 1910, when Electra had a newspaper, a bank, and a number of churches. The Electra Independent School District was established in 1911.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
2,740 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,791 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,168 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,113 1990 Texas Demographic Center
3,755 1980 Texas Demographic Center
3,895 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,759 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,970 1950 Texas Demographic Center
5,588 1940 Texas Demographic Center
6,712 1930 Texas Demographic Center
4,744 1920 Texas Demographic Center
640 1910 Texas Demographic Center