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Wheeler, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Wheeler, Texas
Coordinates: 35°26′33″N 100°16′27″W / 35.4425°N 100.27417°W / 35.4425; -100.27417
Country United States
State Texas
County Wheeler
 - Total 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 - Land 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,507 ft (764 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,378
 - Density 900.4/sq mi (347.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79096
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-78208[1]
GNIS feature ID 1371329[2]

Wheeler is a city in Wheeler County, Texas, United States, situated on the eastern edge of the Texas Panhandle. Both the city and the county are named for Royal Tyler Wheeler, a chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. The population was 1,378 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wheeler County[3].



Wheeler is located at 35°26′33″N 100°16′27″W / 35.4425°N 100.27417°W / 35.4425; -100.27417 (35.442424, -100.274068)[4]. The city is three miles northwest of the center of the county and is 100 miles east of Amarillo and 12 miles west of the Texas-Oklahoma line.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Wheeler has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,378 people, 520 households, and 365 families residing in the city. The population density was 900.4 people per square mile (347.7/km²). There were 612 housing units at an average density of 399.9/sq mi (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.05% White, 1.81% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 10.60% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.07% of the population.

There were 520 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,375, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $27,679 versus $16,723 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,224. About 6.8% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.


Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, was born in Wheeler and there is a street named after him there.

Most of Wheeler's population are of Czechoslovakian descent.

Jack Frye, who was born in 1904 just across the border in Sweetwater, OK, and went on to become the CEO of TWA and right-hand man of Howard Hughes, lies at rest in Wheeler. Together, Hughes and Frye ushered in the modern era of commercial air travel when they delivered the Lockheed Constellation 049A to Federal officials in Washington, DC, following a record-shattering coast-to-coast non-stop flight in 6 hours and 58 minutes on 17 April 1944. Frye was originally interred in Tucson, Arizona, where he died in a car wreck in 1959. His sister Sunny had Jack's remains re-interred in Wheeler in 1989 and he now rests along side his brother, Patrick Donald Frye, their parents, and grandparents.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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