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  Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
 Resource Type: Photograph
 Decade: 1880-1889
 Year: 1885
Crazy Well, Mineral Wells, Texas

Crazy Well, Mineral Wells, Texas

Date: 1885
Creator: unknown
Description: This is a picture of the first Crazy Well drinking pavilion, the first such facility in the city. When a Mr. Wiggins dug the third well in town, it was frequented by a "crazy woman" who was eventually cured of her dementia. Because of the word-of-mouth publicity, people came from miles around to drink the health-giving water. A house was built around the well for the convenience of the customers. The highly successful business attracted competition, and one of the most popular health spas in the nation grew from these beginnings.
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[In Front of the Schoolhouse, ca. 1885]

[In Front of the Schoolhouse, ca. 1885]

Date: 1885
Creator: unknown
Description: The back of this photograph shows three notes: 1: "Taken in front of school house about 1885." (This photograph appears to be of the students and teachers of Mineral Wells' first public school, the "Little Rock Schoolhouse," built in 1884.) 2: "Donated by James H. Perry", and 3: "Some are dead. Some are married, and we are all scattered, never to meet on earth again."
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