Sweetwater Travel Guide

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Sweetwater Overview

Howdy (Texas Hello)

Sweetwater is a town of 11,000 (up 6% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Texas Highway 70 in Nolan County in the Panhandle Plains Section of Texas. Nomadic Indians lived in the area hundreds of years before Anglo settlers came here. Sweetwater was established in 1877 as a store for buffalo hunters. Sweetwater was named after nearby Sweetwater Creek. It is the county seat of Nolan County. Nolan County was created in 1876 and organized in 1881. Sweetwater became the county seat then. Nolan County was named after Philip Nolan an Irish settler who came to Texas to raise wild horses who was killed in a skirmish with Spanish soldiers in 1801. Sweetwater moved 2 miles to make sure it was in the center of the county and to be on the Texas and Pacific Rail Line. Inside the brand new (completed 2014) county courthouse is a collection of Winchester Rifles and a tribute to "Fifinella" Walt Disney's emblem adopted by the Women Air Force Service Pilots. Sweetwater is also home of the "World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up" the 2nd weekend of March.

The City of Sweetwater is located in the Texas Southern Plains.
At Sweetwater during World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots were trained under the direction of the famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran at the former Avenger Field. The airstrip closed abruptly at the end of the war. The women were not recognized for having served in the armed forces until 1977, when U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona and Colonel Bruce Arnold, late son of General Hap Arnold, persisted in obtaining their official recognition as military veterans. In 1970, the field became the site of Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater.

Parts of Sweetwater were devastated by tornadoes that swept through west Texas in 1986.

Sweetwater is the center of the Western Hemisphere's leading wind power generation region. It is sometimes called the "Wind Turbine Capital of Texas", which does not regulate wind power. Sweetwater is the center of the Western Hemisphere's leading wind power generation region and West Texas has more than 4,000 MW of operational wind energy. Nolan County alone would currently rank as the seventh largest "nation" in terms of wind energy generation - with more than 1,500 MW installed.