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Palo Pinto Mountains State Park #8706974 10/12/22 12:46 PM
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https://www.keranews.org/news/2022-...-in-north-texas-set-to-open-in-late-2023


Update on Texas' first State Park in 20 years. It's right down the road from me and one of the parcels had been in my family since 1950. It's going to be a really neat place.

The Park came to be from a shooting at the Mule Lip bar in Mingus, Tx. Story is below.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article255474906.html


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Another state park that can’t support itself and will ultimately be funded by my hunting and fishing license fees.


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Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

Here's what to know about the new state park in North Texas west of Fort Worth is expected to open to the public in

Some locals call it "Mule Lip State Park."

The 4,871 acres of what used to be ranchland will soon be home to Palo Pinto Mountains State Park, but the newest playground for North Texans wouldn't have come to be were it not for a shooting in December 2008.

Kevin Parsons and Will Copeland were at the Mingus watering hole, the Mule Lip Bar, on Dec. 8, and it was time to close up for the night. The two got in a dispute about leaving the bar, and before long, Copeland was headed out to his pickup to get a 20-gauge shotgun. He went back inside and fired a deadly shot Parsons' way. The town would become divided over whether the shooting was a murder or deadly accident.

A couple of years later, a court would rule it was a criminally negligent homicide. Copeland was sentenced to two years in prison in January 2010.

The Parsons family filed a wrongful death suit against Copeland, and 1,330 acres of land were granted to the family in a settlement. Copeland died in 2016.

As litigation related to the shooting played out, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials were seeking a new state park in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Land set aside for the project along Eagle Mountain Lake was deemed too small for the venture. (That land would eventually become the Tarrant Regional Water District's Eagle Mountain Park.)

The $9.2 million from the water district sale was designated for a new state park, and the state would eventually buy the 1,330 acres of ranchland the Parsons family got in the settlement. The Copeland family sold an additional 1,960 acres to the state that were part of a family trust, and another landowner contributed 42 acres. Over the years, more land would be added until nearly 5,000 acres were acquired.

And it all started at the Mule Lip Bar.

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Sounds like another draw hunting opportunity. Cool story


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I have kept up with this park and it is going to be an absolutely gorgeous place with a 70 acre lake and lots of camping amenities.
Definitely on the to go list!


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I was a hired hand on a Ranch (over 8K acres) for about 3 years in that area, Gordon, Texas beautiful country. Been to the bar in Mingus more than once, this was in 1988-1990. Very rough crowd hung out there.


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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Sounds like another draw hunting opportunity. Cool story



Yep, there has been free range Audad around there since the 80's. Not sure if they will draw for them or not. Check out Roger Fawcett WMA also, it's new and is right down the road. Not much info out there on it yet.


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Originally Posted by Stub
I have kept up with this park and it is going to be an absolutely gorgeous place with a 70 acre lake and lots of camping amenities.
Definitely on the to go list!


Hopefully some of the campsites are along Palo Pinto Creek, it's crystal clear. It's the clearest stream in this part of the country, similar to the Paluxy. There are a TON of arrowheads on that place also. Keep your eye out while you're there.


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That is a beautiful area.


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Originally Posted by Superduty
I was a hired hand on a Ranch (over 8K acres) for about 3 years in that area, Gordon, Texas beautiful country. Been to the bar in Mingus more than once, this was in 1988-1990. Very rough crowd hung out there.


Yeah, but was it as rough as this?

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Mingus is a good place to learn a lesson!

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Originally Posted by Leonardo
Mingus is a good place to learn a lesson!



Like go to the dentist and don't eat cfs at Mary's everyday?

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Originally Posted by Leonardo
Mingus is a good place to learn a lesson!


We loaded up a car full when I graduated (1977) and headed to the Trio in Mingus. Safety in numbers, I guess. Didn`t have any problems and it was a real "Honkey Tonk". It was legendary when I was a kid, but way past its prime for me and my friends.

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