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ELECTRA, TEXAS

Wichita County, Texas Panhandle / Central Texas North

34° 1' 51" N, 98° 55' 2" W 34.030833, -98.917222
Hwys 287 & 25
23 miles E of Vernon
28 miles W of Wichita Falls
Population: 2,791 (2010) 3,168 (2000) 3,113 (1990)

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Electra Texas Grand Theatre
Electra's Grand Theater
Photo courtesy Bob Holman
History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named after Electra Waggoner Biggs or Electra II as she was known. A talented sculptress, many of her busts of notables are on display in the Red River Museum in nearby Vernon. Franklin Roosevelt, John Nance Garner, and Will Rodgers were just a few of her subjects.

The brick streets of Electra, along with the Grand Theater and the small, but solid “traditional” post office make it easy to imagine life as it was in North Texas during the 30s and 40s. Ornamental pear trees along downtown streets add a nice green contrast to the cherry red brick streets.

The residents of Electra bought enough war bonds in World War II that they could provide a B-17 for the war effort. It was appropriately named “City of Electra.” Quite an accomplishment for a city of the size of Electra. West, Texas was another town that raised enough to "purchase" a B-17 during World War II.

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Electra, Texas post office mural
Electra’s Post Office “Mural” is actually three plaster reliefs.
Entitled "Oil, Cattle, Wheat" by Allie Tennant 1940

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Electra, Texas post office relief
   

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Electra, Texas Nearby Towns:
Vernon | Wichita Falls
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