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April 24, 2013

Like history? Take a driving tour of it through Palo Pinto County this weekend

By KATE NOWAK | Special to the Democrat

PALO PINTO – Offering fascinating legend and lore along with postcard-worthy landscapes, this year’s Palo Pinto County Historic and Wildflower Tour takes place this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $2 for children, ages 6-15. You may start your tour at any of the eight locations along the way and proceed as you wish. Tickets are available for purchase at the Mineral Wells and Possum Kingdom chambers of commerce or at the various tour stops on the day of the event.

To give you an idea of what to expect, let’s take a quick peek at all the places along the designated route:

Palo Pinto County Old Jail Museum

Located in Palo Pinto and constructed of native sandstone in 1882, the jail housed the area’s scalawags on its top floor for just shy of 60 years.  In 1940, when the current courthouse was built, a new jail was constructed on its third floor, and the historical old jail building bid farewell to its last prisoner. In years since, the Palo Pinto County Historical Association has successfully operated the old jail as a museum, offering visitors a glimpse of many of the interesting artifacts and memorabilia currently housed within its walls.

Lovers’ Retreat

Leaving Palo Pinto, we’ll next head west, our destination Lovers’ Retreat. One of the most scenic spots in the county, in its heyday Lovers’ Retreat was a popular gathering place with regularly scheduled outdoor rodeos and other entertainment venues designed to both draw and please the crowds.

It was the rugged splendor of nature’s artwork, however, that garnered the most visitors, with many coming to see for themselves the gigantic stones hugging the banks of Eagle Creek, forming a network of crevasses, canyons and ledges along the bank.   

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