Azle is on State Highway 199, a short drive northwest of Downtown Fort Worth in the northwest corner of Tarrant County; the town extends partly into Parker County. The first recorded settlement at the site occurred in 1846, when a young doctor named James Azle Steward moved here. Other settlers came and established themselves near the local streams: Ash Creek, Silver Creek and Walnut Creek. The first post office opened in 1881, and the town took the name O'Bar in honor of the man who obtained the postal service. However, the name was changed at the request of Steward, who donated the land for a town site in order to have the town named Azle.
The community's economy was based on agriculture. Several crops were grown, including wheat, corn, peanuts, sorghum and cotton. Watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches, plums, and pears were also produced. Dairy farming became important in the early decades of the 20th century, when local milk products were sold to creameries in Fort Worth. The population of Azle grew steadily and by 1920 the census recorded 150 residents. After the 1930s agriculture gradually declined; fields were converted from wheat and corn production to housing developments. Manufacturing increased and in 1984 Azle had 26 businesses. The town's proximity to Fort Worth and its position as the “Gateway to Eagle Mountain Lake” have made Azle a popular place to live.
Weatherford residents find themselves able to achieve a rural lifestyle without sacrificing the conveniences and labor market of a major metropolitan area. Many Weatherford residents commute into the Metroplex to work. Much of the city's commercial and industrial growth is directly attributable to its relative location to the Metroplex. The city's major commercial and industrial employers find Weatherford attractive since it offers the advantages of convenient access to the region's major transportation and shipping infrastructure without the disadvantages related to physically locating within a major urban area.
Named by the State Legislature as the "Peach Capital of Texas," Weatherford and Parker County growers produce the biggest, sweetest, juiciest peaches in all of Texas. The peach is celebrated each year at the Parker County Peach Festival, Weatherford's largest one-day event. Known as the “Cutting Horse Capital of the World,” Weatherford is home to dozens of professional trainers, hall-of-fame horses and is in close proximity to Silverado, where several National Cutting Horse Association affiliates hold local competitions.
The city was named after Jefferson Weatherford, a member of the Texas Senate when the county was created. In the early years, the town was the last settlement on the Western frontier on the route of wagon trains operating between Fort Worth and Fort Belknap.
A noteworthy attraction in Weatherford is the bronze Peter Pan statue sculpted by artist Ronald Thomason that honors Weatherford native Mary Martin who created the role of Peter Pan on Broadway. The statue stands in front of the library at 1214 Charles St. where a room contains some original musical scores, costumes and other memorabilia on Miss Martin.
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