Wichita Falls History 1922
Wichita Falls enjoys the rare distinction of being the distributing center and the home city for the operators of a vast oil region without the unpleasant features of having oil wells right in the city. If the oil wells of the Wichita Falls district had been arranged by a blue print plan in advance they could not have been much more desirably located. There is one field at Burkburnett, sixteen miles north ; the Northwest Extension, twenty-five miles northwest ; the Petrolia field, twenty-five miles northeast ; Iowa Park shallow field, twenty-five miles west ; Electra field, twenty-six miles west ; the Kemp Munger-Allen field, sixteen miles southwest ; the Texhoma field, twelve miles north ; the new Parker field, eight miles west ; the Holliday wells, seven miles south ; South Bend, forty miles south; Breckenridge, seventy-five miles south ; all of which fields recognize Wichita Falls as the center of finances and supplies.
The people of Wichita Falls realize that the accidental discovery of oil is a bit of good fortune which is to be utilized to the utmost, but they do not depend upon oil exclusively as the reason for the future growth of Wichita Falls
The actual pipe line runs for this district at this time (December, 1920) are approximately 85,000 barrels per day. This remarkable "crop" turns into the coffers of this city and its various companies and operators about $9,000,000 per month.
Cities, like men, come face to face with circumstances in the course of their lives which test the utmost there is in them. And it is at such epochal times that the final degree of success can be truly predicted—for man or city. When a man gets "his chance" and makes good, we say he has arrived. When a city has met the problems that such a critical time has brought to it, the world bows in homage and commercial ratings are revised in favor of the new metropolis.
Did you ever see an overgrown boy who needed to discard short trousers and don the larger garments of a man? He was uncomfortable. He was passing through a trying stage in his development. But his "growing pains" were a sure sign that he was about to be a man—a full-grown man.
Wichita Falls has had a spell of "growing pains." Here we have more than 40,000 live and hustling citizens where only about 18,000 lived a few short months ago. This is destined to be a man-size city —a new metropolis of the Southwest.
And Wichita Falls is meeting the new civic problems rapidly. Her changing skyline looms large against the western horizon. A multitude of oil derricks are overshadowed by great sky-scrapers in this new citadel of fortune.