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[Lake Mineral Wells]

[Lake Mineral Wells]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This photograph shows the Civic League Island at Lake Mineral Wells, four miles east of Mineral Wells, Texas, with a rustic bridge connecting the two small islands, picnic tables, and grilles. In the foreground, there are two small boats with canopies, carrying passengers on the water of the lake. A forested shoreline is visible in the background of the image.
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[Lake Mineral Wells]

[Lake Mineral Wells]

Date: unknown
Creator: Clarence Winfield Simonds
Description: Rock Creek in Parker County was dammed up in 1919 to form Lake Mineral Wells, the third lake built as a water-supply for the popular resort town. This photograph appears to be on the east side of the lake where boat docks were located. The lake has been a popular recreation area from the beginning, and is now part of Mineral Wells State Park.
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[Lake Mineral Wells, 1 of 4, Flood Stage]

[Lake Mineral Wells, 1 of 4, Flood Stage]

Date: c. 1941
Creator: unknown
Description: Lake Mineral Wells, Mineral Wells State Park, is shown here in flood stage. Heavy spring rains dumped 7.2 inches of rainfall into the area over a violent week-end in March 1976, resulting in a flood that claimed 24 lives in fire- and water-related incidents. The dam is visible on the far left side of the picture, with water flowing over it. Flood waters cover a large part of the land between the photographer and the dam. The public boat ramp and fueling station are on the peninsula at the far right side of the picture. The picture is part of a group of films labeled "1977", but related news articles give the date as March of the previous year.
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[Lake Pinto, Mineral Wells, Texas]

[Lake Pinto, Mineral Wells, Texas]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This photograph shows a "Dinky Car" by the side of the original Lake Pinto. The "Ben Hur" car dates this picture to 1908-1909, as that was the time the larger Dinky Car operated on the Mineral Wells Lakewood Park Scenic Railway. "Dinky cars" ran from 1905 to 1909. The original earthen dam burst, draining Lake Pinto and flooding the area to the south of it. C. R Upham, Jr. now owns this area. The dam has since been replaced by a concrete structure, and the new lake covers much of the original area of the old one.
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The Lamar Bath House

The Lamar Bath House

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: The Lamar Bath House was part of a complex of buildings, the last of which was next door to the current First Methodist Church on NE 1st Street. In this picture, the first, or old, First Methodist Church, which was across NE 1st Street, north of the Lamar, can be seen at the far left. Page 59 of A.F. Weaver's "Time Was in Mineral Wells" defines the Lamar property as consisting of several buildings in the same vicinity. The current Baker Hotel, at the corner of Hubbard and NE 1st Street, replaced all the Lamar buildings along with a couple of other businesses.
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[The Lamar Bath House, Lamar Annex]

[The Lamar Bath House, Lamar Annex]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This picture is the Annex to the Lamar Bath House, and was located south of the first Methodist Church. The first bath house in Mineral Wells (at Dubellett's French Well) was located northeast of the Methodist Church, and was a neighbor to the Lamar property. The White Sulphur Well, operated by a Mr. Ligon, was located across the street--south of the Methodist Church--and sold in 1891. The Lamar Well and Bath House was developed at this time, and served water under the White Sulfur label. The Lamar property became part of the Baker Hotel property when the hotel was built and opened in 1929.
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[The Lazine Home]

[The Lazine Home]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This picture illustrates the John and Gracie Lazine home, located at the corner of S. Oak Avenue and SW 7th Street. The Lazines had three boys, Oscar, O.D., and Olen, and two girls, Evelyn and Dora. The Lazines were quite prominent in the community. This photograph appears on page 183 of A.F. Weaver's "Time Was...", Second Edition.
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Legarian Club

Legarian Club

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This photograph shows Members of the Legarian Club, a Mineral Wells Ladies' social club around the turn of the twentieth century. Members included (from top to bottom): Anna Hustead, Hitt Hiles, Anna Oliver Munns, Gussie Waldron Coe, Annie Farley, Maggie Arnold Johnson, Bessie Birdwall Yeager, Alice Raines Williams, Willie McQueary Martin, Anne Yeager Crawford, Fay Henry, Alice Richards Hiles, Kitty Austin Simms, Ada Yeager, [Unidentified], and Ada Crump. The picture appears to have been taken at an outing at Lovers' Retreat, (a public recreation park at the time) on Eagle Creek, about 4 miles west of Palo Pinto.
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 [Leon Cross, Shoe Shine Boy in 1975]

[Leon Cross, Shoe Shine Boy in 1975]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Leon Cross was the only "shine boy" left in Mineral Wells in 1975. He worked in the first Crazy Hotel just before it burned; and has been with the Crazy Hotel ever since, working in different departments of the Hotel. He is the Shine Boy today [2003]in the Crazy Barber Shop, located in the Crazy Hotel. This photograph appears in A.F. Weaver's book "Time Was in Mineral Wells."
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[A Letter from Mrs. William Wehunt to A.F. Weaver]--dated to about 2002

[A Letter from Mrs. William Wehunt to A.F. Weaver]--dated to about 2002

Date: unknown
Creator: Katherine Brookshire Wehunt
Description: The letter shown is from "Mrs. William Wehunt", who was the former Katherine Brookshire, whose father owned a furniture store in Mineral Wells. The bank referred to in the letter is believed to have been the Bank of Mineral Wells, that failed in 1924. It had been Mineral Wells' first bank. The Brookshire family of Mineral Wells is believed to be distantly related to the founder of the chain of Brookshire grocery stores.
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