“extremely haunted abandoned hotel”
This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. The Baker Hotel opened to the public on November 9, 1929 and celebrated with a grand opening celebration gala two weeks later on November 22. It boasted extravagant creature comforts such as an advanced hydraulic system that circulated ice water to all 450 guest rooms, lighting and fans controlled by the door locks that shut off and on automatically when the guest left or arrived in their rooms, and a valet compartment where guests could deposit soiled laundry that was accessible by hotel staff without them ever even having to enter the guest's room. The hotel was fully air conditioned by the 1940s, which added to its appeal as a top-notch convention attraction, offering a meeting capacity of 2,500 attendees; a remarkable number considering that Mineral Wells was home to only approximately 6,000 residents in 1929. Even though it opened mere days after the 1929 stock market crash, the Baker enjoyed immense success throughout the 1930s, largely due to Mineral Wells growing reputation as a top tier health spa destination. Several notable celebrities made the Baker a temporary home during their visits to the city's health spas; the star studded guest list included the likes of Glenn Miller, Lawrence Welk, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, and future U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. It is even rumored by local historians that legendary outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow may have spent a night or two at the Baker. T.B. Baker began to suffer financial difficulties in the early 1930s, eventually declaring bankruptcy in 1934. He passed control of the Baker Hotel to his nephew Earl Baker, who had served as the hotel's manager as well as managing director of Baker's Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. Despite its owner's financial problems, the Baker Hotel continued to thrive throughout the mid-1930s. As the decade came to a close, however, Mineral Wells' reputation as a health spa was in decline; advances in modern medication and the discovery of antibiotics such as penicillin began to lead local doctors, who had been encouraging patients to partake in the area's therapeutic waters, to invest more confidence in medicine. Business began to suffer, until a second boom in the Baker's popularity began when the Fort Wolters military base opened nearby in October, 1940. It was home to the largest infantry placement in World War II, and the hotel enjoyed its greatest popularity and success as a result; throughout World War II, the transient and permanent population of Mineral Wells hovered near 30,000, a large number of them making their temporary homes in the Baker. The hotel re-opened in 1965 when a group of local investors leased the structure from the Baker family, but the revival would be brief and marred by the death of Earl Baker of a heart attack in 1967 after he was found unconscious on the floor of the cavernous Baker Suite. In 1972, the Baker closed its doors for the last time and though several groups have made offers to rehabilitate the structure (the most recent in 2008), the building sits vacant and deteriorating from the ravages of nature and constant threats of vandalism. The Baker Hotel was featured on the December 7, 2012 episode of Ghost Adventures. "The exact number of spirits that call the hotel home for eternity is unknown, but some say that there are 49 different ghosts haunting the Baker Hotel. Among those who are still there is the ghost of the original owners red-headed mistress, Virginia. It's believed that the ghost of T.B. Baker, the original owner of the Baker Hotel, and another entity are still residing in his once luxurious 10th floor residence. The smell of chocolate is present at times and is reported to accompany the presence of orbs. The sound of 1920's music and a gathering of people, as if they're partying and having a good time, are heard. Lights turn on and off by themselves and it is also believed that the Brazos Room is haunted by none other than Bonnie and Clyde. Former guests of the Baker." - http://www.examiner.com/article/the-haunted-history-of-the-baker-hotel
This place is very cool, it's well boarded up and we couldn't find a way in, but we did get to go on the grounds by hopping a wall, (there were open gates too) and that was enough to get a look inside and see different abandoned portions of it. No one really bugged us and a group of people were wandering around it as we left.
Ghost Adventures recently did a video here, you should check it out!
I went there about 5 years ago. Got runoff by the police. Seriously, the Mineral Wells police station is right next door. Got to explore inside for a few hours first. Pretty cool but watch your step. And lookout for the hobos.
I found this place last year on my travels through Texas, here is the story I wrote about it. I truly hope they bring this place back to life.http://backtraxamerica.com/children/the-baker-hotel/
Is it open to tour? Never been into an abandoned building... is it just open?
Sounds like a neat place to explore...love these old historical buildings that have a mystery of a history
If caught, you can expect a $350-$450.00 ticket. That's assuming they don't arrest you (which if you're not scrapping, doing drugs, or conspiring to commit other crimes, they will typically "only" charge you with the Class C fine (same as a speeding ticket, but more expensive)! Consider yourself warned.
This hotel is fascinating.
I would not lead with "haunted." I have family from Mineral Wells, so I have been visiting since I can remember. I have always heard it referred to as "The Baker."
To me it is a cool ruin (that happens to be related to some family history). I have heard they are currently trying to renovate to reopen, but various rumors to have effect have been around for many years.
Several years ago we happened to stop by when the caretaker was there showing some boys around so we tagged along. We really only saw the entrance, but it was fun.
On a recent trip the fence was down so it was easy to get in to go under the bridge and to the back. There is a garage looking building across the street (It has the same "B" on it) that the celebrities would enter through. The entrance went underground and around to the back of the Baker.
On this trip there were a few places we could have entered if we wanted, but we choose to take pictures from outside. I have never had a problem with police, but as I was with a retired cop I decided it was not a bad idea to play it safe.
Years ago there was a skate shop in MW and they had a skateboard which said "skate the Baker."
I found a way in through a wall about 6 years ago and explored the entire 1st and 2nd Floors. Beyond that, everything leading up was blocked. Someone had tried to set a fire in the place. I took some recordings and while listening to the playback, I distinctly heard a voice with a Brooklyn accent say, "How are ya?"
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