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North Central Plains Region

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Come one, come all! There is lots of things to do in the North Central Plains, but we're going to focus on two.
2 Tourist Attractions
In 2013, the population was about 104,898. This land was claimed settlers in the 1860's and sadly in 1866, a flood destroyed the waterfall the town was named after. An artificial waterfall was built to replace it. The River Bend Nature Center is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. The Wichita Theater is a place you can go if you are really into live performances. If you've got kids, the Castaway Cove Water Park is a great choice.
Wichita Falls
Universities
Baylor University is a well known university in Waco. It was started in 1841 and the first professor was Henry Gillette. The school covers about 1000 acres with over 200,000 students. The head of the school is currently Ken Starr.







Seasonal Climate
(Part 1)
Spring:
Violent Weather like tornadoes
Temperature (F): 65 - 85 degrees
The North Central Plains is full of education. So next up are two of the top universities.
Baylor University
Waco is a city which you have probably been to, but if you haven't then you can't miss the zoo there.The population of Waco is about 129,030. Waco was founded in 1849 by the Huaco Indians that lived on the land in the present-day downtown area. Dr. Pepper, one of mankind's favorite sodas, was created in Waco, Texas in 1885. Big Red is a soda that was also created in Waco. Waco was founded in 1849 by the Huaco Indians that lived on the land in the present-day downtown area.

Waco
Fort Worth is the 17th largest city in the United States, and the 5th largest city in Texas. It has an estimated population of 792, 727 people. The city was founded in 1849, and is 350 square miles. Texas Christian University is located there. Some interesting places to visit in Fort Worth are The Amon Carter Museum of American Arts; The Bass Performance Hall; The Fort Worth Botanic Garden; The Fort Worth Water Gardens; and Hidden Valley Miniature Golf.
Fort Worth
Three Major Cities
North Central Plains Region
The three major cities are Fort Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls.

The Kimbell Art Museum
This fantastic museum in Fort Worth has many French and British portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries. It is home to over 300 art pieces like Hal’s Rommel-Pot Player, Gainsborough's Portrait of a Woman and Vigée Le Brun’s Self-Portrait. The most popular of all the paintings is Michelangelo's first painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony. If you're looking for a peaceful place to spend you're time looking at historic pieces of art this is the place to be.


Historical Sites
Fun museums aren't the only thing to do. You can visit some historical sites like the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Fort Worth Stockyards were used by cattle ranchers for centuries. You can visit a museum filled with historical archives or ride a 1920's and 30's style train. The Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and Texas Trail of Fame are perfect for learning about famous figures.
Angelo State University
Angelo State University in San Angelo was founded in 1928. The school is 268 acres, and has approximately 6,536 students. The President is Dr. Brian J. Macy. The schools hand sign is a rams head. There are over 100 majors available.

Summer
Hot summers
Temperature (F): 85 - 100 degrees
Seasonal Climate
(Part 2)
Fall:
Mild Falls
Temperature (F): 65 - 80 degrees
Winter:
Moderately cold winters
Temperature (F): 35 - 55 degrees
Kimbell Art Museum

This is a real river in Texas called the Red River. Red clay in the soil makes the water red. This is not something you see every day.
Major Employers
If you're looking for a job in the North Central Plains, search no more. We've got your major employers right here.
Cattle Ranching
Cattle ranching is a big industry in the North Central Plains. There is lots of land and good vegetation to raise livestock. The biggest ranch in the region is the Matador Ranch, 130000 acres.
Agriculture
A lot of wheat is grown, and
lots of sorghum and corn in the east. In the East and West parts, the soil is adaptable for fruits and vegetable. The Grand Prairie, sometimes called the Fort Worth Prairie, contributes greatly to the agriculture economy.






Interesting Fact
Did you know some of the worst tornadoes in Texas since 1900 have been in the North Central Plains? One is the Waco tornado killed 114, injuring 597,destroyed 600 houses and 1000 other buildings. Another is the Wichita Falls Tornado was nearly as bad. It killed 42, injured 1700, destroyed more than 3,000 homes and left 20,000 homeless.





Waco tornado
Major Rivers
and State Parks
Next up, as you probably already know, is major rivers and state parks. So if you're the kind who loves outdoors, get ready for a one of a kind tour.
Major Rivers
It might be hot and dry in Texas, but we still got a fair share of water! The major rivers running through our region are
the Brazos, Trinity, Red and Colorado River.






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This map shows the four major rivers. The black line shows the outline of the region.
Climate and Population
What's the weather like? How many people are there? You're probably wondering this, but your questions are about to be answered.
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Dr. Pepper Museum
This is home of America’s oldest popular soft drink – Dr. Pepper. It's a non-profit organization with many historical soft drink objects. This teaches free enterprise economics through exhibiting objects related to the soft drink industry
to continue their mission the Free Enterprise Institute was established in the year 1997 to teach children and adults about the American economic system. Many students coming from places far and wide like San Antonio and Houston visit the Museum and Institute on field trips and guided tours. It was opened to the public in May of 1991 and has had over 1,000,000 visitors so far.
Maps and Pictures
Alright, we've been pretty wordy the whole presentation. So now let's talk in maps and pictures.
As you can see, the North Central Plains has a lot of tornado activity. We are in the darkest reds. meaning we get 7-9 tornadoes per 10000 square miles per year. Wow!


This looks like an ordinary building. But in fact, it is a very unique building. This is the Dr. Pepper Museum! Have you ever wondered about the history of Dr. Pepper? If so, you better head on over here!


Dragons attacking a man? What's this picture doing in this project? This is actually Michelangelo's first painting, "The Torment of Saint Anthony". You can find it at the Kimbell Art Museum.
Grass? What's so important about grass?
Actually this isn't just any grass, this is a grassland called the Grand Prairie. The Grand Prairie is a large part of our agricultural economy.
State Parks
State parks are some fun places to hang out and have some good family fun. Here are 2 great state parks in this region.
Abilene State Park
This state park in Abilene has some various ways of camping out including tents, yurts, and screened shelters. You can also do nature study, swim in a large swimming pool and pavilion
and there is a separate wading pool for children. You can also do some boating, picnicking, or biking.
Population and Role of Climate on Agriculture
Lake Arrowhead State Park
By: Katrina Fierro, Lily Byrd, Aidan Johnson, Arsh Gamare, Rishi Venkat
At this state park, you can fish, swim in the lake, water ski, play Frisbee golf, have picnics, camp out, hike, ride a horse, nature study, and ride in a boat. The lake was originally used for water to supply Wichita Falls.
Detailed Map of The North Central Plains
The population of the North Central Plains is approximately 4.5 million people. The east and southeast part of the region are the most populated parts. The central is less populated.
Geography
Rivers:
Colorado
Red
Brazos
Trinity
Landforms:
There is the Rolling Plains in the west and southwest
A little of the Edwards Plateau in the South
In the East, there are the Blackland Prairies in the west
There is a little bit of the Oakwood and Prairies in the south
Escarpments, hardwood trees, grasslands, and rivers
Camanche Plateau

Sub regions:
Rolling Plains
Grand Prairie
The Cross Timber
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Vegetation and Rainfall
It's raining, it's pouring... Actually, the North Central Plains doesn't get much rain, only 20-30 inches a year.
As you can probably guess, there are plains of grass in this region. But what else? First, some specific grasses are wintergrass and bluestem. The main flowers are bluebonnets and native sunflowers. Last, the trees are mainly oak and cedar.
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Sub Regions Map
(Just in case you're curious!)
More Maps?
Ok, this is the final map, really. I just wanted you to have another overall glimpse.
Here are three maps showing a few landforms.
The effect climate has on agriculture is an important one. Temperatures are mild so crops can grow easily, and there is a good amount of rainfall.
Lake Arrowhead State Park
Abilene State
Park
Wichita Falls Waterfall
Citations
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