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The Founding of Sulphur Springs
Sulphur Springs derives its modern name from the fact that when the area was first settled, springs of sulphur water were abundant. Before the first settlers arrived, local Native American tribes often used the areas around the springs as their home. When the settlers began arriving, they, too, used the springs as their camping grounds.
After World War II a new government was founded. With the inception of this new government, many new programs were started and the city grew until the population rose to be approximately 15,000.
The dairy industry is a major component of the local economy. Large industries in the community include Ocean Spray, Grocery Supply, Jeld-Wen, Saputo, BEF Foods and others. For several months in 2013, Hopkins County enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate at approximately 5.3% and 500+ jobs added.
In 2013, public glass bathrooms were erected in the downtown square. The concept was inspired by European Artist Monica Bonvicini. Sulphur Springs has the only functional, permanent and code complying glass bathrooms constructed with one way mirrors. Users of the facility can see out, however, no one can see in.
Leo St. Clair Music Box Collection houses more than 150 unique music boxes, many one-of-a-kind, unique and antique, and some owned by movie stars and soldiers. Sinclair WWII Collection displays letters, pictures, and other World War II artifacts. Both are housed at the beautiful state of the art library.
Sulphur Springs is home to the Southwest Dairy Museum which features artifacts on the history of the dairy industry. Southwest Dairy Museum and Learning Center depicts all facets of milk production and the history of the dairy industry. It houses an old fashioned soda bar where visitors enjoy ice cream and light lunches.
Cooper Lake State Park has over 2,500 acres of terrain and 19,300 acres of lake. Lake Fork, renowned for champion bass fishing, is 15 miles south of Sulphur Springs.
Coleman Lake and Park is a 186 acre park with waterfalls, trails, and tournament rated ball parks. Imagination Mountain sits atop the waterfall and completes this family play area with tunnels, slides and sandpits. Buford Park is a one acre park with castle playground known as Kid’s Kingdom. The local walking trail crosses Pea Vine Pinion pond. The Farm and Art Market is located downtown from May through October during the evening. In 2012, American Farmland Trust voted the market as “America’s Favorite Farmers Market”.