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The town was named by a Caddo tribe attracted to the area by the mineral springs. In the early 1900s, resort visitors came to the springs. Today, it is a commercial center for manufacturing and poultry industries. It also is home to Northeast Texas Community College and the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts (www.ntcc.edu).
This is a Texas Main Street City. The historic downtown district hosts specialty shops, tearooms, the Titus County Courthouse, the Titus County Veterans Memorial, Bell Tower and the Confederate Monument. Nearby West New Hope Methodist Church, built in 1909, includes a mural inside painted by local artist David Freeman (903/524-2312).
Boating, fishing, amping, and water skiing opportunities are found on nearby lakes. Dellwood Park is a 25-acre wooded area where the mineral springs resort once stood.
Larry Lawrence Antique Cars and Parts features restored and vintage vehicles, and auto memorabilia. On I-30 East, Exit 165. Call 903/572-2589, or visit www.larrylawrence.com.