The seat of Erath County, this city began in 1850 with settlement by the Stephens brothers. The area industry includes one of the largest tree nurseries in the Southwest, it is the state's leading producer of Coastal Bermudagrass, and the county is the state's largest dairy producer. It also is the home of Tarleton State University, which features the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center and Gallery as well as the TSU Planetarium.

Annual events include an Antique tractor Show and Pull in the spring, and the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo and Bygone Days on the Bosque in the fall.


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