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About Mineral Wells

James Alvis Lynch

In 1877, James Alvis Lynch, his family and fifty head of livestock left Denison, Texas, and headed west for a drier climate, and thus relief from malaria. Both James Lynch and his wife, Amanda, also suffered from rheumatism. When the family got news of Comanche raids further west, they decided to settle down where they were, in a valley tucked among the hills of what is now Palo Pinto County.

Although the location on which the Lynch family decided to settle was quite beautiful, it was four miles from the only water source, the Brazos River. By the summer of 1880, a well driller named Providence agreed to drill a well in exchange for some of the Lynch family's oxen. At first, the water’s funny taste worried the family, so they watered their livestock with it for a time to test its safety. Soon after the family began to drink from the well, they found they were feeling better.

News of this “Healing” water spread quickly. Neighbors began to try the water, and within a month strangers began showing up at the Lynch property, asking about the water. Almost immediately people were coming by the thousands to try this magic water. Lynch’s well was producing only 100 gallons per day, so he was forced to have guests sign a declaration affirming that they were sick and needed the water. With the popularity of the water spreading, the town of Mineral Wells was laid out in the fall of 1881, with Mr. Lynch naming himself as the first mayor.

Several wells were drilled soon after the city was laid out, but the most famous mineral water was the Crazy Water from the Crazy Well. The well is currently located at the Crazy Water Retirement Hotel, and is still producing to this day.

health seekers

The well received its name because as the story goes, a demented elderly lady drank from the Crazy Well twice each day and overcame her illness. The crazy lady story could well be true, because in Mineral Wells most of the mineral water wells have a significant amount of lithium, which is used to treat various mental and mode disorders today.