Mineral Wells, Texas

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Mineral Wells is a city in Palo Pinto County, Texas and a portion of Parker County, Texas. The population was 16,946 at the 2000 census. The city is named for mineral springs in the area, which were highly popular in the early 1900s. Mineral Wells is most famous for its Baker Hotel.

In 1952, Mineral Wells was the host of the Republican state convention in which delegates divided between presidential candidates Dwight D. Eisenhower and Robert A. Taft. Though state chairman Orville Bullington of Wichita Falls led the Taft forces, the convention vote ultimately went 33-5 in favor of Eisenhower, who was threafter nominated and elected.

Mineral Wells was the birthplace and principal place of residence of Chet Upham, chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1979-1983 and founder of Upham Oil and Gas Company in Mineral Wells and the Loveland Ski Area in Colorado.



Mineral Wells is located at 32°48′31″N 98°6′7″W / 32.80861°N 98.10194°W / 32.80861; -98.10194 (32.808594, -98.101859)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.2 square miles (54.9 km²), of which, 20.5 square miles (53.0 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (3.45%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16,946 people, 5,707 households, and 3,857 families residing in the city. The population density was 828.6 people per square mile (319.9/km²). There were 6,386 housing units at an average density of 312.2/sq mi (120.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.69% White, 8.77% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 10.50% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.27% of the population.

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