Discovery of medicinal qualities in waters made city nationally
famous in late 19th-early 20th Centuries. Was said that 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 mild
climate and surrounding Palo Pinto Mountains. Several outfitters
provide canoe rentals and trips on nearby Brazos River. a walking
tour encompasses historic downtown area. (See Visitor Information
- CRAZY WATER WELL-Historical marker
at intersection of U.S. 281/180 marks site of first mineral-water
well in county. Several other historical markers in county detail
- 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 Dismuke's Residuum. Building includes historical
marker. The drinking pavilion, well, and bottling plant are at
209 N.W. 6th St. Open Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat.
9 a.m. - noon.
- LAKE MINERAL WELLS STATE PARK-2,853
acres of post-oak woodlands and grassy meadows surround 673-acre
Lake Mineral Wells; extensive day-use picnic facilities on south
side of lake, overnight facilities on 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. Three miles east on U.S. 180.
- PALO PINTO MUSEUM-Old jail
and log cabin, area history and artifacts. Open weekend afternoons
in summer. One block south of courthouse in Palo Pinto, 12 miles
west, U.S. 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. U.S. 281
north from I-20 snakes through the Brazos River valley offering
views of he 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 chamber of commerce, 511 E. Hubbard. Open Mon. - Fri. 8:30
a.m. - 5 p.m. Call in TX & US 1-800-252-MWTX or 817/325-2557.
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