Mineral Wells is a city in Palo Pinto and Parker counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 16,788 at the 2010 census (14,644 in Palo Pinto and 2144 in Parker). The city is named for mineral springs in the area, which were highly popular in the early 1900s. Mineral Wells is most famous for its Baker Hotel.
Downtown Mineral Wells circa 2015
Location of Mineral Wells, Texas
|Coordinates: 32°48′31″N 98°6′7″W|
In 1952, Mineral Wells was the host of the Republican state convention in which delegates divided between presidential candidates Dwight D. Eisenhower and Robert A. Taft. Though state chairman Orville Bullington of Wichita Falls led the Taft forces, the convention vote ultimately went 33-5 in favor of Eisenhower, who was thereafter nominated and elected.
Also from Mineral Wells is Astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford, who graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1962. Dr. Hughes-Fulford flew aboard STS-40 Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS 1) in June 1991 as a Mission Specialist conducting medical experiments, logging over 3.2 million miles in 146 orbits.
Since March 1945, the southern wall of Deutsches Weintor ("German Wine Gate") in Schweigen-Rechtenbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, bears the Graffito: "Jere Gills Min. Wells 3-45" and a map of Texas with a star, marking the position of Mineral Wells. The German Wine Gate is the start of the 1935 established German Wine Route.
Salts from the mineral springs were marketed by Carr Collins, Sr. as Crazy Crystals in the 1930s as having curative powers, but their sale was then suppressed by the Food and Drug Administration.
This town is also commemorated in the eponymous Tom Russell song, including specific references to the Crazy Water Hotel.