Favorite thing: The Citizens National Bank was established in 1868 by James Robertson (J.R.) Couts and John A. Fain.
J.R. Couts was originally from Tennessee, but had moved to Texas with his family in 1858. After serving with a Texas Frontier Guard Unit, he was part of a long cattle drive to California. He returned to Weatherford with a pile of gold ($50,000) and partnered with Fain in this new enterprise.
Fain left the business in 1871 and several individuals partnered with Couts, the name changing accordingly.
Citizens National Bank eventually merged with Parker County National Bank in 1927 and has continued as a secure depository for the citizens of Weatherford ever since. This two story stone building was erected in 1885.
Favorite thing: Usually the first building one notices when traveling to small towns is their courthouse. The Parker County Courthouse is striking!
Considered 'the crown jewel' of Weatherford, the courthouse sits majestically in the center of town overseeing streets which radiate from the town square.
This building was designed in the Second Empire style and built in 1886. Parker County limestone was used for its construction. Architect, W.C. Dodson, also designed the Denton, Hill, Hood and Lampassas county courthouses.
Favorite thing: Weatherford actually is known for other things...besides peaches. It is said to be the cutting horse capital of the world and can boast of being home to many professional trainers and hall of fame horses.
Watermelons and pecans seem to thrive here, so ripe, juicy peaches are not the only crop exported from this area.
Many Victorian and turn of the century homes can be found in Weatherford--it is said there are more than 60 of these. Some designed in the gorgeous Queen Anne style.
Author, Larry McMurtry, was inspired by tales of bigger-than-life cattle drivers who operated in the Weatherford area, portraying them in his popular book LONESOME DOVE.
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