Sweetwater, Texas

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Sweetwater is the county seat of Nolan County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 11,415 at the 2000 census.

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History

At Sweetwater during World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots were trained under the direction of the famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran at the former Avenger Field. The airstrip closed abruptly at the end of the war. The women were not recognized for having served in the armed forces until 1977, when U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona and Colonel Bruce Arnold, late son of General Hap Arnold, persisted in obtaining their official recognition as military veterans. In 1970, the field became the site of Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater.[4]

Parts of the south side of Sweetwater were devastated by an estimated EF3 tornado that swept through town early in the morning of April 19, 1986.[citation needed]

Sweetwater is the center of the Western Hemisphere's leading wind power generation region. It is sometimes called the "Wind Turbine Capital of Texas", which does not regulate wind power.[citation needed]. Its current mayor, Greg Wortham, was elected in 2007 and is also the president of the West Texas Wind Energy Consortium.[5]

The Sweetwater Jaycees Rattlesnake Round-Up is held annually the second weekend in March.[6] A similar round-up is held in Freer in Duval County in south Texas.[citation needed]

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