The little city of Mineral Wells has a population of about 15,000 residents. It’s located approximately 50 miles west of Fort Worth, and when you visit it, one of the most striking things about this place is the single building that towers over the town. The 14-story Baker Hotel was once the town’s crowning glory. It hosted the rich and famous and anyone hoping to benefit from the healing properties of the local mineral waters. It now stands vacant and is one of the most haunted hotels in Texas.

Luckily, thanks to a $65-million renovation project, the Baker Hotel in Mineral Springs, TX will soon be open to the public. The community will be able to enjoy the splendor of this beloved landmark!  For a fascinating insight into the restoration and construction of the Baker Hotel, check out the YouTube video below:

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Wanna see more abandoned places in Texas? Check out this YouTube video by XPLR World featuring some of the creepiest spots around. 

Have you ever seen the Baker Hotel in Mineral Springs, TX? Are you excited to stay there in a few years once the property reopens? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Be sure to check out the Baker Hotel and Spa website for updates regarding the reopening.

Also, if you would like to explore more creepy places in Texas, check out these top-rated ghost tours that will send chills down your spine.

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Baker Hotel Abandoned

Why was the Baker Hotel abandoned? 

There were several unfortunate circumstances that led to the Baker Hotel being abandoned. First, the Great Depression led to the stock market crash in the 1930s, which resulted in the hotel filing for bankruptcy. From there, it switched ownerships and then was used as a WWII military quarters between 1941 and 1944. Thereafter, the hotel reopened in 1963 and operated until it finally closed its doors again in 1972 due to more economic hardship.   

What are the most haunted places in Texas?

Some of the most haunted places in Texas include:

  • La Carafe - Houston, Texas
  • Presidio La Bahia - Goliad, TX
  • Spaghetti Warehouse - Houston, TX
  • The Jefferson Hotel - Jefferson, TX


From dirt roads to abandoned hotels, the Lone Star State is peppered with the paranormal. One of the most haunted places in Texas is the Lexington Museum on the Bar, which receives hundreds of supernatural reports every year from visitors and employees. One of the most popular sightings is that of a former soldier dressed in uniform who is known to give a lecture on how the turbines on the ship work before vanishing into thin air. If you’re in the downtown Austin area, a stay at the Driskill Hotel might just result in a paranormal encounter. The 130-year-old building is known for having many ghostly sightings, including that of the hotel’s original owner, Jesse Driskill.

Can I visit any abandoned places in Texas?

There’s something hauntingly beautiful about abandoned places, and Texas has several of them. Some of the most fascinating abandoned places in Texas including the following:

  • The Swift Armor Meat Packing Plant in Fort Worth
  • The Cottle Hotel in Paducah
  • The Wurzbach House in Medina
  • The Mosheim School in Bosque.

Please remember that many of these buildings are not structurally safe, and entering them may be dangerous or even illegal. But you can still admire them from the outside and walk the perimeter of several of these locations.

Are there any haunted restaurants or bars in Texas?

If you’d like to share your meal with a spirit or two, there are a few restaurants and bars peppered around Texas that are known for their ghostly encounters.

  • In Spring, Texas, you’ll find the Wunsche Brothers Cafe and Saloon, which is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of the original owner, Charlie Wunsche who is known to hide things around the restaurant, mess with the electronics, and hold doors closed among other harmless pranks.
  • The Austin Tavern, which has a history of once being a brothel, is another paranormal hotspot, allegedly haunted by the spirit of a former prostitute named Emily who was murdered in the 1940s. Visitors have reported being touched, hearing footsteps, and even the occasional game of pool being played when no one else is around.

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