James Alvis Lynch, Founder of Mineral Wells


This is a 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.

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Creator: Unknown. 1907?.


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This is a 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.


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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This colorful panorama covers Mineral Wells' founding and its mercurial growth as a resort center and army town to the present. Photos are from local historian and photographer A.F. Weaver, local families and research sources.

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James Alvis Lynch, Founder of Mineral Wells, photograph, 1907?; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16136/: accessed March 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Boyce Ditto Public Library.