Business directory leads to historic treasure

  • Hopkins County Genealogical Society authors (from right) Shirley Patchen and John Sellers with others not named wrote a new book, Progressive City: History of Downtown Sulphur Springs 1914. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
    Hopkins County Genealogical Society authors (from right) Shirley Patchen and John Sellers with others not named wrote a new book, Progressive City: History of Downtown Sulphur Springs 1914. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
The year is 1914. Sulphur Springs’ downtown is bustling. The square and its surrounding streets are paved in dirt, but that doesn’t stop nearly a thousand visitors from congregating with their horses and wagons around the courthouse on any given Saturday. There are 27 different goods stores, selling fine fashions from New York, glasses made to order, food, supplies and more. Somewhere high up on…

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