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Entry from December 10, 2006
Peach Capital of Texas (Parker County nickname)

Parker County was declared the “Peach Capital of Texas” by the Texas Legislature in 1991. Weatherford, the county seat of Parker County, is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Historically, tiny Stonewall was known as the “Peach Capital of Texas and Home of LBJ.” The Texas Legislature made a peach of a mistake.


Official Capital Designations - Texas State Library
Peach Capital of Texas
Parker County
House Concurrent Resolution No. 203, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session (1991)

Weatherford, TX
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. In addition an outgrowth of the County’s historic “First Monday Stray Day Sale”, in which the County, local farmers and ranchers sold off animals at the town square, today Weatherford holds a its own “First Monday Trade Days”. First Monday Trade Days take place the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday prior to the first Monday of each month. Hundreds come for the antiques, arts, crafts, food and fun. Finally one can still enjoy the Farmer’s Market located just a block off the town square.

Wikipedia: Weatherford, Texas
Weatherford is a city in Parker County, Texas, United States. The population was 19,000 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Parker County and is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The city was named by the Texas Legislature as the Peach Capital of Texas due to the peaches produced by area growers. As such, the peach is celebrated each year at the Parker County Peach Festival, which is Weatherford’s largest event and one of the best-attended festivals in Texas with more than 35,000 visitors.
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Peach Capital of Texas
Named by the State Legislature as the Peach Capital of Texas, Weatherford and Parker County growers produce the biggest, sweetest, juiciest peaches around. The Peach is celebrated each year at the Parker County Peach Festival, Weatherford’s largest event and one of the best-attended festivals in Texas. More than 35,000 visitors come to Weatherford to enjoy homemade peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach juleps, peach smoothies, and just plain juicy peaches! Be sure and visit the Farmers Market for peaches and other delicious Parker County produce, including watermelons and pecans.

Google Books
Nicknames and Sobriquets of U.S. Cities and States
by Joseph Nathan Kane and Gerard L. Alexander
Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press
1970
Pg. 375:
PEACH CAPITAL OF TEXAS Stonewall, Tex.

Stonewall Chamber of Commerce
STONEWALL, TEXAS. Stonewall is on the Pedernales River thirteen miles east of Fredericksburg in southeastern Gillespie County. Coming from the east you’ll find Stonewall is on U.S. 290 west of Austin.

We have the sweetest, juiciest peaches found any where in Texas. Some of the best wines from wineries located in the area are waiting for your tasting.

There’s lots to do in the area with such local attractions as Lyndon B. Johnson (36th President of the U.S.) State Historical Park, Sauer-Beckmann History Farm, numerous wineries and breweries, and our Annual Peach Jamboree and Rodeo.

Stonewall is the birthplace of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Visit the Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park, where you can catch a guided tour of the LBJ Ranch. You can also visit the Sauer- Beckmann Farmstead, a farm that recalls the early 1900s. Near Stonewall is Johnson City, named for LBJ’s grandfather, Sam Ealy Johnson, Sr. LBJ moved here from Stonewall when he was five years old. The headquarters for the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park is here, as is the former president’s boyhood home.

26 November 1963, Austin (TX) Statesman, pg. 15:
On the other hand, the farm community of Stonewall, just a couple of miles west of the ranch gate, has big signs on the highway saying that it is the “Peach Capital of Texas and Home of LBJ.” It has a population of about 150.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, December 10, 2006 • Permalink