Mineral Wells

Mineral Wells, Texas

Mineral Wells, Texas

View of gorgeous fall foliage in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Photograph Credit: Robert Plocheck.

Mineral Wells is at the junction of U.S. highways 180 and 281 and on the Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railway in east central Palo Pinto County. The site was settled in 1877 by J. A. Lynch, who laid out the town in 1881. In 1882 a stage line operated between Mineral Wells and Millsap, the terminus of the Texas and Pacific Railway. The local wellwater became famous for its medicinal qualities after Lynch dug the first well and cured his rheumatism with the foul-tasting water. The town boomed as a health resort after 1885, when the Crazy Well was dug. Crazy Water, said to be a sure cure for numerous disorders including hysteria and other mental problems, was bottled and shipped throughout the country. People flocked to Mineral Wells to drink its waters and bathe in specially constructed bathhouses. J. C. Son, founder of the Palo Pinto Star, wrote articles extolling the water in exchange for one of Lynch's town lots. The railroad reached Mineral Wells in 1891, and the first of several resort hotels, the Hexagon House, was built in 1897.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Mineral Wells
Pop. Year Source
17,295 2019 Texas Demographic Center
16,788 2010 Texas Demographic Center
16,946 2000 Texas Demographic Center
14,935 1990 Texas Demographic Center
14,468 1980 Texas Demographic Center
18,411 1970 Texas Demographic Center
11,053 1960 Texas Demographic Center
7,801 1950 Texas Demographic Center
6,303 1940 Texas Demographic Center
5,986 1930 Texas Demographic Center
7,890 1920 Texas Demographic Center
3,950 1910 Texas Demographic Center
2,048 1900 Texas Demographic Center
577 1890 Texas Demographic Center