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Mineola in Wood County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Public Mineral Water Well

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
1. Site of Public Mineral Water Well Marker
Inscription.  Mineola settlers chose this area, nicknamed "the Forks of the River," for its abundance of water. The town's first water service was administered by A. W. Front, who made daily deliveries to his 50 clients. A water well was located on this site as early as 1885; workmen drilling for salt between 1889 and 1890 discovered mineral water. In 1896 a 60-foot windmill tower with a 3,000-gallon cypress wood tank was constructed and a mineral well dug to 150 feet by Henry L. Beaird. This became the town's main water source. A 1913 analysis of the water revealed more than 12 minerals associated with healing properties. In 1906, an electric motor replaced the windmill. The well was capped in 1924 when the street was bricked over.
 
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11668.)
 
Location. 32° 39.822′ N, 95° 29.345′ W. Marker is in Mineola, Texas, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of North Johnson Street and East Broad Street (U.S. 80), on the right when traveling north on North Johnson Street
Marker is behind the American flag to left of Chamber of Commerce entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
2. Marker is behind the American flag to left of Chamber of Commerce entrance.
. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 East Broad Street, Mineola TX 75773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First National Bank Building (here, next to this marker); Mineola Opera Houses (a few steps from this marker); Mineola's Jewish Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Coleman Family Drug Store and Clinic (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr Pepper Bottling Plant (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dixie Overland Highway - The Jim Hogg Highway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saloons in Mineola (about 300 feet away); Mallory Bros. Grocery and Feed Stores (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mineola.
 
Regarding Site of Public Mineral Water Well. The exact site of the public mineral water well was the center of the intersection of Broad Street (U.S. Highway 80) and Johnson Street.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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