Mineral Wells, Texas
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.
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Mineral Wells by the Numbers
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|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|