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Portrait of Wells Family

Description: Copy negative of a Wells family Christmas card. On the left is a picture of Margie, Lauren, Lindsay, and Pat Wells sitting around the fireplace. The two daughters are sitting on a table and the father is leaning in from the right. On the right out of the frame is a cartoon of Santa Claus, "Merry Christmas," and some handwritten notes. Under the picture is written "Lauren, Lindsay."
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library


Description: Patent for a well-strainer, specifically to "a cap or plug applied directly to a cap or plug applied directly to an aperture in a pipe-section used for wells." (lines 9-12)
Date: August 21, 1906
Creator: McEvoy, J. H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a pump used during the process of drilling wells. Illustrations included.
Date: April 11, 1911
Creator: Wintz, Thornton E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[The Second Crazy Water Well Drinking Pavilion]

Description: The small building seen at the right of this picture was the First Crazy Well Drinking Pavilion. The large structure in the center of the picture is an early view of the second Pavilion, which was built in 1900. This picture was taken before its first two floors were enclosed. The Carlsbad pavilion, which was built around 1895 (across NW 1st Avenue and west of the Crazy) also appears in several pictures of the area around this time. Its absence in this photograph is probably the result of a combination of perspective, angle of picture, and depth-of-view of the camera. The Second Pavilion (shown in this photograph) was replaced in 1909 by the Crazy Flats, which burned in the fire of 1925. The current Crazy Hotel opened in 1927, and occupies the entire city block. It is now [2003] a retirement home.
Date: 1900?
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

[The Lynch Cabins]

Description: A drawing of the Lynch cabins, done by Jarmon Alvis Lynch, grandson of James Alvis Lynch. The drawing says "Alvis Lynch 77" in the bottom right-hand corner. The picture was apparently done from memory. The original mineral water discovery well is in the right foreground, with a windlass for drawing water. "Judge" Lynch and his family did not arrive in Millsap Valley until Christmas 1879. Note the tents in the right background. H. M. Berry, Mineral Wells' first teacher, noted in an article that when the reputation for the curative powers of the water spread, the area looked like "an army on the move" with health-seekers temporarily camping in tents until housing could be built for them.
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library


Description: Patent for a "pump for effectively pumping oil or quicksand from wells troubled with quicksand." (Lines 8-10) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: March 30, 1897
Creator: Wintz, James Philip
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Carlsbad Well, Mineral Wells, Texas

Description: The Texas Carlsbad Well, located at 415 NW 1st Avenue (west of the Crazy Water Well and Drinking Pavilion), is shown here. A more modern brick building was added to this wooden pavilion in 1909; both structures are visible in pictures taken during a Woodmen of the World convention in 1911. (Note: The newer Carlsbad building was taken over by the Crazy Hotel for its Laundry and Dry Cleaning when the second Carlsbad Pavilion shut down operations during World War II.)
Date: 1910?
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

The Hawthorn Well

Description: The Hawthorn Well drinking pavilion, located at 314 NW 1st Avenue, was owned and operated by William O'Brien. The Hawthorn not only had mineral water and a drinking pavilion, but also catered to the pleasure-seeking public with a bowling alley. Dances were also held in the pavilion both afternoon and nights during the "Season." The picture shows advertising on the roof for the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad. The "Katy" built a north-south railway across Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) at about this time. Its Texas office and shops were located in Dennison. Hotels in Mineral Wells were sending hacks and buggies to Millsap to transport passengers to "The Nation's Greatest Health Resort" in such numbers that by January 1, 1891, the first train of the Weatherford Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railroad (WMWNW) rolled into town. With connections through Dallas, the "Katy" sought a portion of that railway passenger traffic.
Date: 1900?
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

[The Crazy Well]

Description: The first Crazy drinking pavilion was a small wooden building (in the center foreground of the picture) built over the well that supplied the water. The large two-story wooden structure in the picture was opened on April 14, 1900. This picture, however, was taken in 1908. The wooden pavilion was torn down around 1909, and replaced by a brick structure, commonly called "Crazy Flats", with rooms to rent. The building on the right of the picture (which would be across the street to the west of the Crazy Well) was the Carlsbad drinking pavilion. The tracks in the foreground of the picture were for the Mineral Wells Electric Railway trolley (1907-1913) that ran north-south on Oak Avenue. A second rail system, the Lakewood Park Scenic Railway ("Dinky Cars"), ran parallel to the trolley in this neighborhood but one block west, between the Crazy and Carlsbad pavilions. This picture is from A. F. Weaver, "TIME WAS in Mineral Wells", First Edition, page 10.
Date: 1908?
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Well-Tube Holder

Description: Patent for a well tube holder for removing pipes from wells and holding them in place. Illustrations included.
Date: May 3, 1910
Creator: Preston, Lyman L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Well Mechanism

Description: Patent for a well mechanism that provides a coupling with strong, tight joints for the other parts of the mechanism. Illustrations included.
Date: January 26, 1909
Creator: Layne, Mahlon E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a well blower that is able to discharge the contents of a well at different air pressure levels. Illustrations included.
Date: December 15, 1908
Creator: McEvoy, Joseph H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for a pipe clamp to be used with well pipes and tubes. Illustrations included.
Date: October 22, 1912
Creator: Everett, Arthur D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rose Turner in Front of Bradford Well

Description: Photograph of Rose Turner standing next to a barrel in front of the Bradford Well. The well is wooden and there are many wires attached to it. Ms. Turner is wearing a dress, blazer, high heels, and a scarf around her head. In the foreground is dirt and grass.
Date: unknown
Partner: Wolf Creek Heritage Museum