Mineral Wells, TX
Spend a weekend or a week in Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County to nurture your self as well as your love for history and nature.
Open up to the past just 45 miles west of Fort Worth. Mineral Wells was founded on the "healing" mineral waters discovered beneath the land in the 1880s and fast became a destination resort town. Drink in this history at the Famous Mineral Water Company, the only active drinking pavilion still in the area. Catch another glimpse of this glamorous heritage when you see the old Baker Hotel, the town's most famous landmark (views from outside only).
See a different part of the county's past to the west in Palo Pinto. The eight-building Old Jail Museum Complex reveals life on the frontier through its log cabins, old fort, and 19th century jail.
Yet another dimension of the community's heritage is its military history. A replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall honors the role Fort Wolters played during the Vietnam era, serving as the primary helicopter training facility.
In all, Palo Pinto County contains more than 60 historic markers-a must-visit for the heritage enthusiast.
If you're in love with the outdoors, step outside into natural beauty that's unrivaled. Possum Kingdom and Lake Mineral Wells state parks boast rock climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, and boating. In for a real adventure? Canoe down the Brazos River along the route made famous by Texas author John Graves in Goodbye to a River.
|Floating the Brazos River|
Explore the area's pre-history at the recently opened Mineral Wells Fossil Park, one of the few sites in the United States where visitors may take away the fossils they find. Full of remnants of the Pennsylvanian period, when the area was under water, the rustic fossil park is flush with crinoids, trilobites, and shark's teeth.
The beauty of Texas is fully on display at Clark Gardens Botanical Park, a 35-acre masterfully landscaped oasis of Texas native and adaptable plants. Enjoy the 1,200 varieties of iris during peak season, as well as an English channel garden and historic tree trail, which harbors offspring of trees with ties to Texas and American history.
|Clark Gardens Botanical Park|
Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County also feature unique shopping-antiques, specialties, and local crafters with finds like nowhere else.
With flexible meeting spaces and 25 different lodging facilities from luxury resorts and national brands to bed and breakfasts and historic haciendas, the community can accommodate everything from family getaways to corporate retreats, reunions, and business meetings.
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