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The area that became Hopkins County was originally occupied by the Caddo Indians, who were later displaced by Cherokees. Troops dispatched by the Republic of Texas defeated the Cherokees in 1839. This event encouraged settlers to move into what is now Hopkins County.

A man by the name of Eli Bib, one of the first settlers, initially ran a small store from his local cabin. In 1849, Dr. and Mrs. Davis moved into the area. Dr. Davis envisioned the spot as more than just a trading post, but instead a future city. That dream became a reality when a post office was established in 1854, graduating the village to an official city.

Its name was originally Bright Star. On May 18, 1871, the seat of Hopkins County was moved from Tarrant to Sulphur Springs. The name "Bright Star" was then removed from the postal directory in favor of naming the town after the feature for which it was best known.


Temperatures reach an average high of 96 degrees in August and drop to an average low of 30 degrees around January. Monthly rainfall averages 3.9 inches, with about an inch of snow a month in January and February.

The Sulphur Springs Independent School District consists of 10 public schools which offer accredited educational service to local students. At just 23 miles outside of town, Texas A&M University - Commerce is the nearest facility for higher education. Tyler Junior College, the University of Texas at Tyler and Trinity Valley Community College are also within an hour's drive.

Hopkins County Memorial Hospital serves the health care needs of the immediate vicinity. Other options within 25 miles or less include Presbyterian Hospital of Commerce and East Texas Medical Center in Quitman.


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The massive Sulphur Springs Lake is at the center of local recreation. It offers multiple boat ramps and courtesy docks for your watercraft as well as plenty of opportunities to fish for largemouth bass, catfish and crappie.

Coleman Park has been a special project of the city for several years, and it is now finally open to the public. A concrete 2.5-mile walking trail circles the lake, taking you past a breathtaking waterfall before finally connecting you to the soccer and baseball fields. The sporting and recreational facilities consist of 7 soccer fields, 3 baseball fields, 3 softball fields, 2 tennis courts, a fishing pier, several picnic areas, a playground area, a 1/3 mile nature trail and 2 concession stands.

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