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Sweetwater Police Department
James S Kelley(Chief of Police)
PO Box 450,
Sweetwater, TX, 79556
(325)236-6687

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The city of Sweetwater encompasses the following counties: Nolan.

Sweetwater encompasses land area: 10.0 sq mi (26 km2), water area: 0.0 sq mi (0 km2). The elevation is 2,169 ft (661 m) above sea level. This equates to a population density of 1,139.4/sq mi (439.9/km2). The local time zone is Central (CST) (UTC-6).

Local area codes are 325. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 48-71540, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at The City of Sweetwater Texas.

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

Sweetwater received a U.S. post office in 1879. The Texas and Pacific Railway started service in 1881, with the first train arriving on March 12 of that year, beginning Sweetwater's long history as a railroad town. To encourage the railroads, Sweetwater increased its water supply by building a small town lake in 1898, and three larger lakes thereafter. Construction began on the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway in 1903. Sweetwater became a railroad town, with businesses and homes built along the rail line. Rail passenger service was discontinued in 1969.

Gulf Refinery operated there from 1929 to 1954, and at one time the town was a large telegraph center. The International Harvester Company operated a factory in Sweetwater from 1920 to 1950. Gypsum plants, apparel manufacturers, cement plants, cotton compresses, a cottonseed oil mill, and packing companies were among the nearly 250 businesses operating there from the 1970s. Many still operate today. Sweetwater remains a production hub for cotton, oil, and cattle. The population of Sweetwater has remained steady between 11,000 and 13,000 since 1940.


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