Mineral Wells   Population- 16,946  Altitude 925


Rock climbing in Mineral WellsDiscovery of medicinal qualities in waters made the city nationally famous in late 19th - early 20th Centuries.  It was said that the waters of the Crazy Well (discovered in 1885) could cure mental illness and a long list of other maladies.  Today modern health seekers, conventioneers, retired persons, hunters and fishermen enjoy the mild climate and surrounding Palo Pinto Mountains.  Several outfitters proved canoe rentals and trips on the nearby Brazos River. A walking tour encompasses historic downtown area.

Crazy Water Well-

Historical marker at the intersection of US 281/180 marks the site of the first mineral-water well in the county.  Several other historical landmarks in the county detail the area's history.

Famous Water Company-

Founded in 1913 by Edward P. Dismuke, this bottling company is the only mineral water well in operation today. Some of Dismuke's products were Dismuke's Pronto-lax, Dismuke's Famous Mineral Crystals, Dismuke's Eye Bath, and Dismukes residuum.   Building includes historical marker.  The drinking pavilion, well, and bottling plant are at 209 NW 6th St.  Open Tues - Sat, 8 am - 1pm.  For information, call 940/325-3853.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway-

2,853 acres of post-oak woodlands and grassy meadows surround 673-acre Lake Mineral Wells; there are extensive day-use picnic facilities on the south side of the lake, and overnight facilities are located on the north side.  Abundant wildlife includes white-tailed deer and wild turkey.  Tent and RV sites with electricity and water, screened shelters, recreation hall, rest rooms, showers, dump station, boat ramp, 10-mile equestrian and hiking trail leads to primitive camp area.    Horses not provided.  Fishing and swimming in lake allowed.  Three miles east on US 180.  Admission.

There is also a 22-mile hiking, biking, and equestrian trail that links Mineral Wells and Weatherford to Lake Mineral Wells State Park.   Visitors can access the trail near Cartwright Park in Weatherford, in Mineral Wells, and at the state park.  Admission.


Palo Pinto, Mineral Wells, and Possum Kingdom.

Palo Pinto Museum-

Old jail and log cabin, contains area history and artifacts.   Open weekend afternoons in the summertime.  Located one block south of the courthouse in Palo Pinto, 12 miles west, US 180.

Scenic Drives-

Texas 4 (12 miles west of Mineral Wells at Palo Pinto) south to I-20 offers spectacular bluffs and scenery through the Palo Pinto Mountains.  US 281 north from I-20 snakes throughout the Brazos River valley offering views of the valley floor from bluffs above.

Visitor Information-

Details and free literature about Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto Co, historic sites, campgrounds, accommodations and current events available at the chamber of commerce, 511 E. Hubbard.   Open Mon - Fri, 8:30 pm to 5 pm.  Call in TX & US 1-800-252-MWTX, or 817/325-2557.



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