"Wortham, an incorporated city, is at the junction of State Highway 14 and Farm Road 27, sixteen miles west of Fairfield in extreme western Freestone County... As early as 1912 C. L. Witherspoon, hired by the city to drill a water well, struck a pocket of natural gas... and on November 27, 1924, the Roy Simmons No. 1 well came in as a gusher. Within three weeks more than 300 drilling rigs were in the field... The onset of the Great Depression, plummeting cotton prices, and the end of the oil boom combined to bring hard times for Wortham." Blues legend "Blind" Lemon Jefferson began his career in the Wortham area, and is buried in the Wortham Black Cemetery.
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Blind Lemon Jefferson - History of the Headstone
Photos and accounts of restoration of the blues musician's gravesite.
Handbook of Texas Online: Wortham
Brief history and description.
Texas Arabian Distance Riders Association (TADRA)
International Arabian Horse Association affiliated club promoting endurance, limited distance and competitive trail riding, headquartered in Wortham. Includes calendar, newsletter, for sale listing, and photos and reports from events.
Features district information, links to each school, and news.
Wortham Local News: Topix
Local, regional, and statewide news collected from diverse sources on the web.
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