Windthorst, Texas

Windthorst is a town in Archer and Clay counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Wichita Falls, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 409 at the 2010 census.[5] The town is named for Ludwig Windthorst, a Catholic statesman in Germany.

Windthorst, Texas
St. Marys Catholic Church
St. Marys Catholic Church
Location of Windthorst, Texas
Location of Windthorst, Texas
Archer Windthorst.svg
Coordinates: 33°35′N 98°26′W / 33.583°N 98.433°W / 33.583; -98.433Coordinates: 33°35′N 98°26′W / 33.583°N 98.433°W / 33.583; -98.433
CountryUnited States
CountiesArcher, Clay
 • Total2.56 sq mi (6.64 km2)
 • Land2.50 sq mi (6.48 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
1,033 ft (315 m)
 • Total409
 • Estimate 
 • Density151.36/sq mi (58.44/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)940
FIPS code48-79696[3]
GNIS feature ID1371789[4]
Windthorst General Store, established c. 1921

Windthorst is the home of the St. Mary's Grotto, a Roman Catholic outdoor shrine, which was paid for with money sent home by 64 military service members from Windthorst who served in World War II.[6] All of the 64 returned home.[7][8][9] A new entrance to the shrine was constructed in 2009.[10]

Bridwell Park in Windthorst is named for the oilman, rancher, and philanthropist Joseph Sterling Bridwell of Wichita Falls.[11]


Windthorst is located in northern Texas, primarily in eastern Archer County but extending eastward into Clay County. U.S. Route 281 passes through the center of the town, leading north 25 miles (40 km) to Wichita Falls and southeast 33 miles (53 km) to Jacksboro. Texas State Highway 25 leads west from the center of Windthorst 11 miles (18 km) to Archer City, the Archer County seat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Windthorst has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.6 km2), of which 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 2.35%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)379[2]−7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 509 people, 154 households, and 119 families residing in the town. The population density was 175.9 people per square mile (68.0/km2). There were 162 housing units at an average density of 64.8 per square mile (25.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 83.86% White, 0.23% Native American, 14.09% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 23.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 154 households, out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.4% were married couples living together, 1.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 31.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,708, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,146. About 6.5% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


Windthorst is served by the Windthorst Independent School District. Windthorst High School is a University Interscholastic League Class A school in education and sports. The school has won state championships in volleyball, football, baseball, softball, and track; its most recent championship is the 2010 Class A Baseball State Championship.[citation needed]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Windthorst town, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "St Mary's Catholic Church - Windthorst, Texas - Outdoor Altars on".
  7. ^ "The grotto at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Windthorst, Texas. The grotto was dedicated in 1950 to "Our Lady of Perpetual Help" in honor of 64 veterans that served in World War II. They all returned f". Archived from the original on 2012-11-04.
  8. ^ YankeeTexan. "The International House of Kaos".
  9. ^ Dallas Morning News
  10. ^ "BBC NEWS - Programmes - From Our Own Correspondent - The hero who casts a long shadow".
  11. ^ "Jack O. Loftin, "Joseph Sterling Bridwell"". Texas State Historical Association online. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

External linksEdit

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