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Map of Palo Pinto County
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Physical Features: North central county; broken, hilly, wooded in parts; Possum Kingdom Lake, Lake Palo Pinto; sandy, gray, black soils.

Economy: Varied manufacturing, tourism, petroleum, agribusiness.

locator map for Palo Pinto County

History: Anglo-American ranchers arrived in the 1850s. Conflicts between the settlers and numerous Indian tribes who had sought refuge on the Brazos River resulted in the Texas Rangers removing the Indians in 1856. County created in 1856 from Bosque and Navarro counties; organized in 1857; named for creek (in Spanish name means painted stick).

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 75.3; Black, 2.5; Hispanic, 19.9; Asian, 0.8; Other, 1.2; Two or more races, 1.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 361; deaths, 348; marriages, 167; divorces, 112.

Recreation: Lake activities, hunting, fishing, state parks, Rails to Trails hiking, biking, fossil park.

Minerals: Oil, gas, clays.

Agriculture: Cattle, dairy products, nursery crops, hay, wheat. Market value $53.8 million. Cedar posts marketed.

PALO PINTO (330) county seat; government center.

MINERAL WELLS (16,486, part [2,144] in Parker County) oil and gas, manufacturing, tourism; hospital, Weatherford College branch; art center; state park east of city in Parker County; Crazy Water Festival in October.

Other towns include: Gordon (492); Graford (578) retirement/recreation area, Possum Fest in October; Mingus (232); Santo (445), and Strawn (652).

sunflowers and hills near Possum Kingdom Lake

Sunflowers and hills near Possum Kingdom Lake. Photo by Robert Plocheck.