The county of Palo Pinto, located in the north-central region of the Texas state, was established in 1856 and organized in 1857. It was named after the Palo Pinto Creek, a river flowing from the Brazos River. This county has been economically dependent on its oil and natural gas production, farming, and ranching industries; peanuts, corn, fruits, grain sorghums, cattle, goats, and sheep were its major agricultural products. The tourism industry was also developed around the Mineral Wells State Park, Possum Kingdom Lake, and Lake Palo Pinto; the county celebrates a Crazy Water Festival every May. Furthermore, barbecue smokehouses, steakhouses, pizzeria, Mexican and Southwestern restaurants serve this county.