Mineral Wells, TX is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Baker Hotel. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Opened just a few weeks after the 1929 stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression, the once-luxurious Baker is a relic of the town’s past as a resort destination. For decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, visitors flocked here for the purported benefits of the mineral-rich waters that gave the town its name.
Today, it is abandoned, but the memories of the famed that frequented this grand hotel has not been left behind. A row of blue signs, commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce, runs along the exterior of the ground floor. Among the captions detailing the Baker’s history is a roster of celebrities who once visited: Lawrence Welk, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Will Rogers, Roy Rogers and the Three Stooges, among others. But there is a pair that appear to have remain loyal to this establishment, post mortem!
The Baker Hotel is supposedly haunted by Bonnie and Clyde. History tell us that Bonnie and Clyde stayed at the Baker for several nights during their crime spree in Texas. Their preference at the Baker are two specific areas of the hotel, the Brazos Room and the Ballroom. Many feel their ghosts are still present because they are reliving their fond memories. Others they are attached to several objects the hotel owns, keeping their ghosts very active. The hotel, when it was active, displayed a poem that Bonnie wrote for Clyde and Bonnie’s 38 Revolver. Are they looking for these possessions now?
Evidence? A video was once captured of a ghostly woman wearing a long old-fashioned gown walking from one pillar to the next in the hotel lobby resembles Bonnie. Unfortunately, this video has been made “private” recently.
Bonnie and Clyde are not the only ones that call The Baker Hotel home and they did not wait to claim their spots once the hotel became abandoned! Many of the ghost stories tell us that hauntings actually began in the Baker long before it ever closed.
A porter who worked there during the 1950's and 1960's was the first known to witness the ghost of the woman on the seventh floor, often seen in a bloody naked state! She was possibly the mistress of the hotel manager. Distraught from her affair she jumped to her death from the top of the building. The year of the incident has not been verified but the room she stayed in, apparently quite comfortably, was a suite on the southeast corner of the seventh floor. Many have reported smelling her perfume and her spirit is said to be quite flirtatious with men she may fancy.
In addition, there are other several ghosts, including a man that was killed by being crushed in an elevator door.
Unfortunately, last publication about this majestic hotel is that it is closed. We are hoping restoration efforts will bring this amazing historical property back to life and offer a proper lodging to all its haunts (and us!) In the meanwhile, there are ghost tours offered of this iconic (and very haunted) building!
This property was featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures.
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