SULPHUR SPRINGS Pop. 15,317 Alt. 530


Post Office first known as Bright Star, but changed its name to Sulphur Springs in 1871 for the many mineral springs in the area. Leading dairy county in Texas and U.S. with some 490 dairies. Also extensive beef cattle production, as well as center for national and regional manufacturing facilities. Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Complex includes meeting rooms, theater/auditorium, livestock exhibition area, indoor rodeo arena. Romanesque Revival 1894 Hopkins County courthouse is almost identical to those in Wise and Ellis Counties. Original cost of the impressive red granite and limestone structure was $75,000.

Cooper Lake State Park-

On Cooper Lake, this park features 42 multi-use camping facilities with water and electricity, boat ramp, 3/4-rnile hiking trail, playground, sandy beach, and day-use picnic facilities, all ADA approved, From 1-30, take Texas 19 IIUILII to Texas 154, then north to Cooper; F.M. 1528 to park entrance, Admission. For information, call (903)395-3100; for reservations, call (512)389-8900

Hopkins County MuseumHopkins County Museum and Heritage Park-

This 11-acre complex is home for growing number of original historic houses, shops, and mills moved to the site. The county's oldest brick structure, the Atkins House, built in 1870, is here. Open Sat. 10 Am., - 4 P.M.,; Sun. I - 4 p.m. 416 N. Jackson St. Admission.


Fork and Cooper.

Music Box Gallery-

collection of more than 150 music boxes, starred in 1919 when Belgian royal family gave Leo St. Clair a music box. includes many sizes, varieties. Open Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. - noon, 201 N. Davis St. in library. Donations accepted; for information, call 903/885-6515.

Southwest Dairy Center-

Built in dairy-barn style, complete with silo, center tells the story of the dairy industry. Exhibits recall early-day milk production and manufacturing, a 1930s kitchen scene with mother separating cream while child churns butter, and early-day barn scene. There's also an old-time soda fountain dispensing malts, milk shakes and sundaes, and a general-store gift shop. Center's mobile dairy classroom, complete with cow and calf, travels to schools and events to tell the dairy story. Open Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. I - 4 p.m. In Civic Center Complex, 1210 Houston St.. Donations accepted; for information, call (903) 439-MILK (6455).



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