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what happened to the renovating. are they still going to do it
They should charge to give tours, and use the money to help restore this gorgeous hotel, people would pay to be able to see it, there's many times my husband, and i have been to Mineral, Wells, and would have gladly paid to be able to go through it!!!
my mom,,dad,,sisters and brothers worked there.i was born and raised in mineral wells,,the hotel is so beautiful.i always hoped someone would open it back up.
So, whatever happened to this restoration? Did the project get abandoned?
My story about this hotel sound like alot of yours... I was passing through on my way from Austin to Wichita Falls for my cousins wedding. Why things like this draw me, Why I became obsessed over it, I may never know. All I can think it deffintly has something to do with my love for history, or possibly it has to do with my jobs I had working at hotels before staying home with my kids. Well whatever it was, something just drew me to this building and for a good while after 1st seeing it I could not get enough, I research every bit of info I could find on it. It was very disapointing to me to discover that in was closed and would not be opening, but now reading this I'm speechless over the possibility of it being once again a place of desire!
I remember we were driving, and out of nowhere was this huge building that was just amazing to me. I knew it was old but I couldnt tell from where we were until we got closer that it was abandoned. I thought It was a hotel but wasnt sure until we got home, and I could look it up. The history on it is so intriguing. I would love to see it restored and turned into a resort/hotel/museum, to even be a part of it at some point. I really hope that out of the restoration of it that it wont be turned into a modern day eyesore! I hope that it will bring to life that history that seems to have froze there momentarily. This beautiful historical building is in many ways like a time capsule. I hope that many of the original features of the hotel will be brought back to acutal use, such as actual useable spa, and the bowling ally as well!
For those of you that were lucky enough to get that private tour or who actually have a history to tell...Im so jealous!
Is there still tours there at all? I read somewhere that there was, but I may have just misunderstood.
The Baker has always fascinated me- I really love this place- HOWEVER- the last time I was there- (yes, I know it is posted as no trespassing- but my love for the hotel won) I had a VERY interesting experience and I think its safe to say I will never step a foot in the hotel again- even after the renovation. It was very scary- I went from an intense love for this wonderful hotel to a very strong respect for "whatever" is living there.
My view of this majestic hotel as seen from my airplane http://www.flickr.com/photos/s... doesn't do justice to this place. The first time I saw it about 4 years ago, I thought to myself, If I win the PowerBall lottery, I'd restore this place.
It is one of the most striking buildings I've ever seen, and more impressive to me than the Hotel Ukraine in Moscow (where I once lived.)
Nostalgia is a mother-lode for marketing these days, and the investors are brilliant for returning this grand hotel to it's former glory... I hope to be on a waiting list to stay here soon after it is open... Can Mineral Wells "sustain it?" No, but everyone else within 1,000 miles of it will, when they learn they can stay here again. I'm confident when it is marketed on the internet, people will come from foreign countries to stay here and "sustain" Mineral Wells.
Are you still planning this restoration? I've been passing that hotel almost all my life. We would love to see something done with it and would definitely stay there if possible.
Had my first experience with the Baker this last weekend. 11-5-2011.. My daughter and I were traveling 281. We pulled into town, and the building took my breath. I have been through Mineral Wells numerous times, but always traveling along 180.. How I missed this beautiful intriguing building on my other trips, I have NO IDEA!!.. We pulled over on a side street and walked to it.. I am saddened to see all the graffitti in such a beautiful historic place with such a story. We peered in as many "holes" and windows as possible. Wish I would have known about this place back when tours were available. Would love to tour it, see it made to a museum/ working hotel again.. We would definately find it good enough reason to stay a weekend in Mineral Wells, TX.
I look forward to being able to come stay and ghost hunt come 2013
I have a ? Does dis hotel in mineral wells tx have security guards
What a great thing you are doing. I lived in Mineral Wells for 20 years and my daughter was born there. When I was a child I remember swimming in the pool at the Baker, the fountain and the incredible smell of grilled hamburgers at the snack bar. I have been memorized by this grand old lady from a very young age. I now live in Houston but I would go back to stay there and enjoy the atmosphere of it all over again. It was and still is a beautiful structure and I hope that the new restoration will keep its class and charm that it had in the earlier days. It was truly a beautiful sight to behold. Best wishes and keep us posted on the progress. Thank you for bringing a beautiful building back to life!
WHAT A HAUNTINGLY ROMANTIC HOTEL .... MY GRANDCHILDREN ENJOYED KNOWING THAT THE THREE STOOGES STAYED AT THE BAKER HOTEL
I've driven past the Baker for 54 years. What a magnificent edifice. It has so much potential and yes, it will take a great deal of money but "they just don't build them like this anymore." If Texas were to ever allow casinos, the Baker would be a fabulous place to restore. It could also be used for condominiums, the hotel could partner perhaps with universities in the DFW area and motor coach to games or Cowboy Stadium, Six Flags, Texas Motor Speedway etc. Surely there is big money someplace whom could save this landmark?
My mom was also a elevator operator and my gmaw had a beauty salon there and my dad worked in the kitchen. i havent been in there since the 80's I can not wait till it reopens !! I was born in Mineral Wells
These animals look as though they have been poisoned. They normally don'tpass away in the open like this. Hopefully this is not the case. There are plentyof rescue groups that could pitch in to help remove them....
Visited in June and had an interesting figure show up in a picture. Looked to be standing at the lobby desk. Are there currently tours available?
I would love to be apart of this. I'm highly sensative and am being drawn to this enormous energy. Please contact me...
if you want get some of the stuff that came out of the baker look for quadalupi davilla and rest of the davilla and robert watson they will also sell you drugs and stolen stuff
Beautiful, elagant, stunning........... i could go on and on . the Baker Hotel should be preserved and enjoyed. i was there today, no renovation appears to have started. it was locked up. preserve the architecture and furnish southern classic comfy with enough elegance to take you back... look at the gaylord and the great wolf lodge, which i worked at...i have watched people come from far and wide . i think as with the original opening after the market crash, the bakers time has come again. i cant think of anyone i know that would not throughly love a night or weekend trip to the baker hotel, Geographically the baker is well situated especially with the state park in close proximaty, shopping there and in weatherford and the topography of the land......just love thinking about it!!! I truly hope it comes to fruition!
Who do we contact to get a group of photogs to explore it?
was in there last week there is no restoration being done as of yet place is awesome
I would like to know if there is a address that I may contribute to the restoration fund? I love old buildings and their history. I hate to see them disappear.
Would like to know if there is an address that I may donate to the restoration fund. I love old buildings and the history that goes with them. If these walls could talk what would they say?
I drive past the baker 2 times a week on my way to possum kingdom lake from Bedford. When I saw the building for the first time I was drawn to it. I had stopped to look at the building with my friend and teenage daughter to take pictures. While standing and looking up the front steps a man approached me and said " isn't she something?" I turned and started up a conversation with this gentleman. After about 15 mins of walking along the porch and talking, he asked how long we were going to be there. When I asked why, he explained that he had a key at his house if we wanted to take a look inside. We met his other friend and his teenage daughter, which made us feel a little better about going in! After about 20 mins he returned with a key and opened one of the storefront shops next to the old diner. By then another young woman had come by and we asked her to join us. We all went inside and started in the lobby, and made our way to the top of the bell tower. He gave us a tour as if he were a tour guide. He has mentioned being a caretaker at one point I believe. He explained about the spa, and the strange paintings on the shower doors in the men's spa. The child being spanked is one of the illustrations in the bakers brochures. It states that decompressing at the baker will relieve life's daily tensions and in turn make u less likely to be angry and impatient. Hence, beating your kids!! Our guide found the brochures and gave me several copies that were in mint condition. They are a gas! They tell you that being thin makes you intelligent! We also have hotel cashiers checks. We got to see the horrible conditions of the Bonnie and Clyde suite. We also toured the baker suite. ( yes we found the secret liquor stash ) I was in awe over this place. I've been wishing for the restoration of this grand monument for 3 years, since I first laid eyes on it. I feel more appreciative of the baker having seen it in this aweful state. I look forward to spending many nights there when she is restored!!! I think that the baker hotel will draw A LOT more people than anyone expects. Some like the architecture, the romance, the isolation and of course you'll have tons of "ghost hunting."
Interesting. I was born and raised in MW. My grandparents' business was located right across the street from the Baker, so we were over there a lot in the 60s and early 70s--eating in the coffee shop, getting drinks at the hotel store. In the summer, we hung out at the pool a lot. The Baker was beautiful even then. I was sorry to see it close in the 70s and then even sorrier to watch it deteriorate over the years. It's good news to hear that someone is willing to take a chance on the old girl, but I wonder if it's too late. And can MW attract visitors who will stay at the Baker?
My favorite thing about the Baker was the pool--a kiddie pool with a spillway that you could slide across and drop into the big pool. Yeah, you'd always get in trouble for that one, but it was fun!
Thanks for the story!
I've heard about this for a long time, hope it comes to pass. I was a life guard there in the mid-fifties and have many fond memories. My brother was also a lifeguard in the early fifties. Many families from Dallas, Ft. Worth and Wichita Falls came there for their vacation and spent two or more weeks there. I would certainly visit there again. Maybe I could be a lifeguard again, I am only 73 now. Yes, there was a bowling alley there, very small.
My sister and two daughters were at the Baker Hotel just today. What a fascinating and beautiful place. We stopped to take a look around because my daughter is an avid ghost hunter. We were very excited to come home, do a little research and found that this beautiful place is in the beginnings of a restoration. We will absolutely be one of the first families in line to stay in such a beautiful place!
In the early 70s when Ft. Wolters Army post was still operating in Mineral Wells, during the Viet Name war, my boyfriend and several other military guys rented rooms in the Baker. Gary and 2 of his friends rented a penthouse suite. I remember going there and being amazed at how gorgeous it was. Four bedrooms, kitchen, dumb waiter, bathrooms, a huge living room with fireplace and these elegant arches with twisted columns separating it from the dining room.
I've been hoping for years someone would buy the Baker and refurbish it. I'm hoping they make some condos out of some of the rooms. Wouldn't mind getting one myself :-)
I am SO excited to see The Baker will be restored. I would love to be a part of the project. A small group of us down here in San Antonio are planning a road trip when she is back to rights.
I see great potential for The Baker to make enough money to more than pay back the cost of restoration. The history behind it is the key. Who wouldn't want to see where Mr. Baker's mistress lived? Who wouldn't want to try to catch a glimpse of the woman who killed herself? Also, the little rooms on the ground level will make some money rented out. It would be awesome for a radio station to work out down there again.
I drive past this building often headed to our lakehouse on Possum Kingdom. I am thrilled to hear that this "ole girl" will be coming back to life. It is very sad to see the boarded up doors and all the broken windows she has today. Even in it's current state, what a beautiful building. I drove past her again just yesterday on my way back to Fort Worth and decided I wanted to know more about her past. And she does have a very storied past, from ghost stories to former presidents staying there. I can't wait to see her re-opened as I will definately be staying there. As long as all those current "ghostly residents" keep themselves out of my sight, I look forward to taking in all she has to offer.
Thanks to the folks that are taking the leap of faith to bring this peice of history back. I can't wait to see the work start. Hurry up guys.....
If you haven't seen the Baker Hotel it's definitely worth making to short trip to Mineral Wells to see such a beautiful building. Anyone who has seen it knows how breathtaking it truly. I had the pleasure of touring the Baker about 5 years ago on a paranormal tour. The history of the hotel is quite remarkable. I would love to see the resurrection of the hotel to be successful. I wish you well on your new adventure.
While traveling on 281 South Tuesday, Sept., 7th, 2010 in the down-pour from what I'm told was part of hurricane Herminie�s, I and the four car motor pool I was traveling with was caught by a red-light in the small town area of Mineral Wells, TX. While waiting for the light to change, I casually glanced out of the window to my left and spotted the most breathe taking, strange, weird, creepy, (in an alluring sort of way), enormous, block of brown brick I've ever seen in my life. The building loomed from a backdrop of military gray clouds, sprinkled by quick strikes of lighting and bold drops of rain dashing harder against the autos by way of strong gusts of wind. To date I have expressed my interest/excitement to a few friends, questioned, and found information on the Baker. Though there were a couple of things in some of its� history that raised an eyebrow, but I read others' interest in your town restoring the place...which in my opinion would be absolutely a great thing to do. I'm not from TX, however, my home state has its' share of spooky old ghosts and plenty of mysteries to go around and I love the fun of it all, but I'm a real stickler for interesting history from any state. Here�s wishing you much luck in your process of the Baker.
Hello. I was part of a paranormal group that spent the night in the Baker back in Jan. 2003. It was awesome! I had experienced getting pushed on the back by a cold, boney hand, as well as cold spots, dark shadows and footsteps. You should contact the Ghost Hunters to investigate before it's remodelled. It was such a beautiful hotel even in it's present state. Just a thought. Give the Baker some more publicity?! Thanks, Kristi Acevedo
This hotel is what actually put Mineral Wells on the map in the first place. Do I think it can do it again? I am hesitant to say yes. However, when it is completed I can promise I'll go for a weekend. If the town can get into the gas industry like it was in the oil industry 20 - 30 years ago, I see it lasting. I agree with the above poster that said you have to have something more than a fancy hotel to attract people. Sorry to sound doubtful but I really do hope it helps and makes it. Mineral Wells needs all the help it can get.
I grew up in Texas and have always been amazed at the site of The Baker. I did get a tour once and it is absolutely beautiful. The area around the hotel is really nice. The town would definitely benefit from the restoration of The Baker. I live in MN now and I would come and stay there just because of the awesome history that the place has. If it is restored to its original beauty, then you wouldnt need a lot of other entertainment. I would even make the 900 mile trip down there just to be one of the first to stay there. If you restore it people will come. And I believe it will be a lot of people.
What an awesome blog, and great pictures of the Baker. Everyone in Texas KNOWS the Baker hotel, and it will certainly become a draw for Mineral Wells and hopefully revitalize the city. The views from the windows of the city and surrounding areas are incredible. The team I hear you have surrounding you is impressive and quality driven. You have obviously made great choices for a classy renovation that will go down in history as another well remodeled icon. Our hats are off to you and your team.
Congratulations on an incredible journey. Dr. Armstrong
i love the backer hotel
Thanks Brent -- glad someone noticed those price tags were suspiciously low. Fixed it above, but of course that was $54 *million*.
i always wanted to go in the baker hotel if only there was still tours i like going in to biuldings like this even though i probably never will if someone gose in there take me with u so i can see in side this is the kind of history i like
Ga1945 what happened to you while you were in the Baker hotel? My wife and I also have a great love for the Baker hotel and would very much like to see the inside too but now after reading your comment we're not so sure we want to go inside either. What happened?
Lol I have no idea what's going on these day. I would love to know if anyone dose. Last I heard though a few of the workers had died from " unknown reasonings".
I also had this happen when i went back home to mw to visit i stopped off at the bakers and took a picture through the front door. the picture was of the light fixtures in the front when i ot home and loaded it on my computer there is a face in the light fixture plain as day.
I stopped by the Famous Water store down the street from the Baker this last weekend. I have recently taken a serious interest in the water (Crazy Water), but have for a long time had interest in The Baker. There isn't ONE single time I drive by her that I don't stop and just walk around her and take it in. Spoke to a few folks about if they knew anything in regards to when the project will begin, and was told they are about $30 million short right now. Trying to see if this ws true, I called HHCC (one of the companies involved in the restoration) and spoke to a gentleman briefly that has knowledge of the upcoming project. He admitted that there is a shortfall of funds to get the project completed, but did think that it would get done. Said the "process is a little slow right now".
So the best we can do at this point is keep our fingers crossed that the funding will happen. It appears that the team assembled is top notch to get this thing done, so I'm hopeful. I drive past the "grand ole lady" to and from Pk Lake from Fort Worth. I have never been inside, and was only 1 when she closed for good, so I'm not entirely clear what draws me to this bldg, like so many others I have read.
So lets all hope that Washington and Texas will step up and help fund this project so we can all see her back.....Chris
dallas architect,Enjoyed reading your comments on the Baker hotel. What are the chances of getting a tour from the same guy that gave you one?
We lived at the Baker Hotel in a suite while my husband was in flight training at Ft Wolters in the late 60's. We had two little children and it was like the book about Eloise. The maids did all the cleaning and would sit and chat in the kitchen. The bellshops and elevator people and desk people would look after the childron like the were their own. The pool was beautiful. Parties in the Brazzo Club and of course bingo. An experience that can never be replaced.
Hi Kristi- I was there too, the same night. Always wanted to go back and see more, but I never got the chance. I have lost touch with the place and am just now discovering ( happily ) that it may get restored. Can't wait to see what transpires!
I would absolutely unequivocally go there. I've only been through Mineral Wells once (well, twice... on the way to someplace and then again on the way back) and we stopped there both times. It was an amazing place. A long drive from my location, but I would definitely go once a year, and if it was spa-like again, I would go more often if I could. I read that doctors stopped prescribing it when antibiotics became available, and considering some of the things that happen with antibiotics, I'd honestly prefer mineral water and other spa tereatments. There's a lot to be said for getting back to natural methods, and there are plenty of people who believe that way these days, so perhaps it WILL be an attraction again.
@Anonymous Baker* ._.
Can you post your picture? If not, did it have a bright white face?