The town of Mineral Wells sits at the intersection of Texas State Highways 180 and 281. Highway 180, previously U.S. Highway 80, crosses the whole state of Texas, east to west. State Highway 281 crosses nearly the whole state north to south, running from Wichita Falls to San Antonio. Before the Interstate Highway System, Mineral Wells sat at the intersection of two major routes of travel. Today, Mineral Wells sits at the intersection of two major routes of road trip travel.
Mineral Wells State Park
Here you will find camping, a nice lake, hiking trails, rock climbing and one of the largest stands of undisturbed cross timbers forest in the area. Rock climbing is a popular activity in the Penitentiary Hollow area of the park.
Penitentiary Hollow at Mineral Wells State Park
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The Baker Hotel
A fine hotel of 14 floors and 450 rooms, constructed during the 1920’s to take advantage of the town’s famed mineral wells. The Baker reigned as one of the countries most glamorous hotels for 25 years. It remained open until the late 1960’s when changing travel preferences and other social and cultural changes caused a decline in business.
Today the Baker stands as a landmark for downtown Mineral Wells. The old commercial district along State Highway 281 (North Oak Ave.) is occupied by a wide variety of shops today. Get out to walk and shop in the shadow of the old Baker Hotel.
Famous Mineral Water Company
Crazy Water gets it’s name from the Crazy woman believed to have been cured by the mineral waters. The Famous Mineral Water Company was founded by Ed Dismuke, a pharmacist from Waco, in 1904. Today they operate the only publicly accessible wells in Mineral Wells. The Pavilion on West 6th Street, built in 1914, is an interesting stop. They stay busy selling mineral water, refreshments, and other goods. Their also good source of travel information for the area, and I recommend you visit their Crazy Water Web Site. They also tell a great version of the history of Mineral Wells Texas.
Clark Gardens Botanical Park
Began as a small private garden in 1972 but evolved into a 35 acre scenic and educational facility that opened to the public in 2000. Paths wind among 50 plus gardens embracing native and Texas adaptable plants displayed among lakes, ponds, and waterfalls.
Gardens designed for year-round displays. See the bloom dates page on Clark Gardens’ web site for details. Clark Gardens Botanical Park
County: Palo Pinto
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