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City of Springtown
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 57.931 W 097° 40.987
14S E 623069 N 3648233
Quick Description: Texas Historical Marker on the north side of Springtown's public square, at the historic tabernacle, noting the city's history, growth, and assets.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/7/2018 8:19:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMY2HF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 4

Marker Number: None

Marker Text:
In 1856, Captain Joseph Ward, a native of New Jersey, settled on a creek fed by numerous springs seventeen miles northeast of Weatherford. In 1859, Ward designed the town square and named the plate Littleton's Springs after a pioneer family. The first settlers in Springtown found about twenty-five active springs within three major areas: Smith Springs, Malone Springs and Kinnard Springs. The town received its present name of Springtown in the mid-1870s because of the beautiful springs that came to the surface on the creek bank just south of the public square. From the beginning, Springtown Square has always been a bustling place of activity with many businesses nearby. Located in the center of town near a well, the square served as a meeting and gathering place where folks came to town to shop, trade and visit. The First Methodist Church was organized in 1857. In 1866, the new union church building housed the Methodists, Baptists and Cumberland Presbyterians, coming together with a different minister to lead services each week. By 1877, the town boasted a school, a hotel, two general stores, two blacksmith shops and three cotton gins. White's Funeral Home began in 1908 and has served the community for over 100 years. Many schools were established early on and Springtown became known as the educational capital of Northwest Texas from 1884 to 1894. By 1949-50, Springtown schools were among the most modern and financially independent in Parker County due to oil discovery in the district. Springtown is often called Parker County's second city. From small beginnings, the town has grown dramatically and will continue to be a source of pride in the community. (2017) Marker is Property of the State of Texas


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