i went here for a weekend back in june to get out of fort sill/lawton oklahoma (what a shithole.) i had a great time, and was happy to be in a city with an architecturally pleasing downtown (although it seems pretty rundown, but it also seems to be trying to get some new life going.) plus i won over $300 at the casinos just over the oklahoma border!
there was also a lot of grit here...more vacant/abandoned motorlodge-motels and gas stations per capita than anywhere i've ever been.
anyway, the city population is around 100,000 with about a 150,000 metro. the city was devastated in 1979 by an f4 tornado:
Total property damage in Wichita Falls was estimated at $400,000,000 (in 1979 dollars). Over 3,000 homes were destroyed and another 1,000 were damaged, and over 1,000 apartment units/ condominiums were destroyed and another 130 damaged. In addition, approximately 140 mobile homes were destroyed, two schools were demolished and 11 others sustained serious damage. Over 100 commercial businesses, some of them large manufacturing concerns, were destroyed. It is estimated that 5,000 families, containing 20,000 residents, were left homeless in Wichita Falls. Such a total would mean that between 10% and 20% of the population of the city was displaced by the tornado. To put the deaths and property damage in perspective, it should be noted that as many as 42 people have not been killed in the United States by a single tornado in the 20 years since the event, and the total property damage of $400,000,000 still stands as the most costly tornado in American history.
on with the pics.
my hotel, recently rennovated a little from its 60s glory
the view from the corridor outside my room
renovated into residential
i wish i'd been in the area at the end of july to see "narnia - the musical" at the theatre