Sulphur Springs was founded in 1854, though it was then known as "Bright Star", and is in the Blackland Prairie region of Texas. Though the springs that brought about the name have more or less vanished, it is now known as "The Dairy Capital of Texas", with a museum cultured to that very point, even if the dairy industry has waned a bit around here in the early 21st century.

Sulphur Springs June 2015 02 (Hopkins County Courthouse)

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Southwest Dairy Museum September 2015 01
  • 1 Southwest Dairy Museum and Education Center, 1210 Houston St, +1 903 439-6455. Here you can visit a milk parlor and learn about the various processes in producing dairy products prior to the availability of electricity. Look for a silo and cow statue. Also a store and cafe on site.
  • 2 Heritage Park & Museum, 416 Jackson St N, +1 903 885-2387. Tu-Sa 10AM-2PM. This encompasses one of those reconstructed old-timey prairie settlement villages (in the likeness of Sulphur Spring's dawning development), plus a museum with various historical relics.
  • 3 Hopkins County Courthouse, 118 Church St, +1 903 438-4006. Dates to 1894 with a Romanesque Revival design. The adjoining town square is also worth a look not only because of the shops and attractive design, but because it has some very unique public restrooms made of reflective glass.  

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Cooper Lake State Park Texas swimming hole
  • 1 Cooper Lake State Park, 1690 FM 3505, +1 903 945-5256. Daily 8AM-10PM. Here you can enjoy boating, swimming, fishing and hiking in and around this prairie lake known as Jim Chapman Lake. Kayak rental and campground. $5 adult (13 and over).

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Routes through Sulphur Springs
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