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Brazos River
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DALLAS/FT. WORTH  to  PALO PINTO COUNTY via Weatherford and Mineral Wells
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Palo Pinto County

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Palo Pinto County is nearly 1,000 square miles and the entire county population is only 25,000. People from the Austin area can see there are hills outside the Hill Country and Texans from below Waco will marvel at how clear and scenic the Brazos River is north of Mineral Wells.

Detailed brochures and maps are available for Lake Mineral Wells (actually in Parker County although it's owned and managed by the City of Mineral Wells), Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Palo Pinto.

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Possum Kingdom Lake

Palo Pinto County - A Brief History

Palo Pinto County was established in 1856 from Bosque and Navarro Counties with Golconda as its county seat. The name was changed in 1858 to Palo Pinto. In 1850 there were still 1000 Indians living along the Brazos River and corn was the county's main crop. The railroad (Texas and Pacific) came through southern Palo Pinto County in 1880. 1891 saw the Weatherford and Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railway completed. Fort Wolters (now the Mineral Wells Industrial Park) was originally a National Guard training facility in 1925 and during WWII became an infantry training camp. It became an Air Force Base for a few years in the 1950s and then became Army property again, this time for helicopter pilot training. The fort closed permanently in '73.

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