James Alvis Lynch, Founder of Mineral Wells

Description:

Photograph of James Alvis Lynch, who founded Mineral Wells in 1881, is wearing a suit, sitting on a donkey, and holding a bottle of mineral water on an unknown rocky hill.

Creator(s): Unknown
Location(s): United States - Texas - Palo Pinto County - Mineral Wells
Creation Date: 1907?  
Partner(s):
Boyce Ditto Public Library
Collection(s):
A. F. Weaver Collection
Usage:
Total Uses: 406
Past 30 days: 5
Yesterday: 0
Creator:
Unknown
Date(s):
  • Creation: 1907?
  • Digitized: 2006
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Palo Pinto County - Mineral Wells
Era
The Cattle Boom, 1865-1890
Description:

Photograph of James Alvis Lynch, who founded Mineral Wells in 1881, is wearing a suit, sitting on a donkey, and holding a bottle of mineral water on an unknown rocky hill.

Note:

James Alvis Lynch discovered the mineral-laden water while searching for a source of water for his Millsap Valley farm. He dug a well, in 1878, to forty-one feet that was dry. The family continued to haul water from the Brazos River until 1880, when a man named Johnny D. Adams came through the county with a water-well drilling outfit.
Mr. Lynch traded a pair of oxen for him to drill a well, the first to supply water in the community. His son, C. C., was the first to taste the "funny-tasting water." Mrs. Lynch, however, drank the water, and in time, she was no longer bothered by the rheumatism that had plagued her. Other wells were soon drilled, and other "miracle" cures were reported. People flocked to the healing waters from near and far.
Mr. Lynch subdivided his property and laid out the town of Mineral Wells the following year, 1881.

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Keyword(s): Lynch, J. A.
Partner:
Boyce Ditto Public Library
Collection:
A. F. Weaver Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: AWO_0970N
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth16136
Resource Type: Photograph
Format: Image
Rights:
Access: Public