City of Palo Pinto

Palo Pinto

Beginning in 1855, settlers came to the Palo Pinto area for the fertile soil of the Brazos River Valley. The town of Golconda, later renamed Palo Pinto, was formed as the county seat in 1857, and by the 1870s the town had become an established ranching locale. This prosperity did not last long, as the Texas and Pacific Railway bypassed the town when it laid tracks through the area in 1880. The Bankhead Highway was officially designated through Palo Pinto in 1919, when the Highway Commission approved funding for the north loop of SH 1 through multiple locations in order to allow for an increase of oil production during World War I. While you’re in town, stop by the Old Jail Museum Complex and learn about life in this rural county before the Bankhead Highway.
Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau
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