|Grand Theater, Electra Texas|
Electra Texas was also the beneficiary of this fortune. The Grand Theater shown at left was built in 1921 originally as an opera house.
Population there swelled after the oil was discovered. To put the population in perspective...in 1906 the town had a population of about 750 people. In 1936 there were more than 6,000 residents. Today, Electra has a bit over 3,000 residents. What was once the settlement of "Waggoner", and then "Beaver Switch", was eventually named "Electra" in 1907 in honor of W.T. Waggoner's daughter.
There's quite an interesting story about Electra Texas and about W.T. Waggoner's granddaughter, also named Electra. The grandaughter was the daughter of E. Paul Waggoner and would later be known as Electra Waggoner Biggs. The first Electra was the namesake of the Wichita County Texas town, the granddaughter of W.T Waggoner ,Electra, actually had an automobile named after her and she achieved a good deal of fame in her own right. General Motors used the brand name "Electra" on their high end full sized Buick models produced from 1959 to 1990. The popular story was that John Biggs, Electra's husband, was the brother in law of Buick Motors president Harlow Curtice. The reported reason for his decision to name a car model after Electra was simply her beauty.
|Today's, Electra City Hall|
|Today's downtown Electra Texas|
Three additional articles you'll find very interesting are The Waggoner Ranch .... Red River Valley Museum in Vernon Texas and Wild Horses and Cowboys.
Electra Texas is located about 27 miles west of Wichita Falls on US Hwy 287.
(Photos from author's private collection)