Parker County

Whitt Seminary, Parker County, TX

Whitt Seminary, Parker County, TX

Image of the old Whitt Seminary in Parker County, Texas.
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Parker County, in north central Texas, is bounded on the north by Jack and Wise counties, on the east by Tarrant County, on the south by Hood and Johnson counties, and on the west by Palo Pinto County. The county's center point is at 32°40' north latitude and 97°40' west longitude. Weatherford, the county seat, is thirty miles west of Fort Worth. The county was named for Isaac Parker. It covers 902 square miles of undulating to hilly land; elevations range from 700 to 1,200 feet above sea level. The county's gently rolling plains, situated mostly in the Rolling Timbers vegetation region, are covered by tall grasses, mesquite, and oak. Elm, walnut, and pecan trees are common along streams and valleys. The sandy loams found in the Cross Timbers part of the county are drained by the Brazos River; the eastern and central parts of the county are within the Grand Prairie region and are drained by the upper tributaries of the Trinity River. Lakes Weatherford and Mineral Wells provide recreational facilities as well as municipal water. Temperatures range from an average high of 96° F in July to an average low of 34° in January, and rainfall averages slightly more than thirty-two inches a year. The average growing season lasts 225 days. In 1982, 74 percent of Parker County was in farms or ranches, with about 12 percent of the farmland under cultivation. About 74 percent of the county's agricultural income that year derived from livestock and livestock products; dairy products were an important component of the local economy. Hay, oats, wheat, peanuts, sorghum, watermelons, and peaches were also grown in the area. Mineral resources included natural gas, sand, gravel, bituminous coal, and limited amounts of oil. In 1982, almost 32,601,000,000 cubic feet of gas-well gas, almost 307,000,000 cubic feet of casinghead gas, and about 140,000 barrels of oil were produced in the county. In the 1980s the county's transportation network included Interstate Highway 20 (east to west), U.S. Highway 180 (east to west), and State Highway 171, which ran south from Weatherford. The county was also served by the Missouri Pacific Railroad and by the Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railway.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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700 ft – 1362 ft

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Parker County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Parker County
Pop. Year Source
142,878 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Parker County
People Year Source
65,894 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$53,289 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Parker County
USD ($) Year Source
16,272,092,801 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Parker County
USD ($) Year Source
2,714,632,098 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Parker County
USD ($) Year Source
430,773,486 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
6.9 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
35.8 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
30.1 93.2 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Parker County
Area (square miles) Year Source
903.5 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Parker County
Area (square miles) Year Source
910.1 2019 United States Census Bureau