About This Place
Archer City is a city in Archer County, Texas, United States. The city lies at the junction of State Highway 79 and State Highway 25. It is the county seat of Archer County. It is located 25 miles south of Wichita Falls, Texas and is part of the Wichita Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,834 at the 2010 census.
The city is named for Branch Tanner Archer, a commissioner for the Republic of Texas.
Its most famous native son is the author Larry McMurtry. Archer City and its Royal Theater are the basis for McMurty's fictional towns of "Thalia" and "Anarene" in his novels, including The Last Picture Show. The films The Last Picture Show (1971) and its sequel Texasville (1990) were filmed in Archer City.