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 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
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).