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The Baker Hotel (Mineral Wells)

Despite making our list for “Terrifying Texas Places,” The Baker Hotel is NOT a travelling Halloween attraction. Although widely claimed to be haunted (even the Ghost Adventures TV show shot an episode here!), this Hotel has a rich history…and one that needs some help to carry on the legacy. The Baker Hotel was built in 1922 in the town of Mineral Springs, so named for its famous water and baths (which were claimed at the time to have invigorating health benefits), and became famous for its luxurious guest suites and extravagant galas. This enormous, lavish hotel often operated at full capacity (2,500 guests!), even after the 1929 stock market crash. The Baker offered some of the most modern amenities of the times, which attracted the rich and famous (like Judy Garland, Clark Gable, and even President Lyndon Johnson!). This landmark, which is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, began a steady decline through the 1950’s-60’s, and finally closed its doors in 1972 and has remained vacant since. In 2010, a restoration group took on the project of renovating and reopening this beautiful building…but they still need some help. If you are interested in donating or volunteering for this project, check their website for details (and a peek at the AMAZING historical photos!)