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Monday, September 9, 2013

Places // The Baker Hotel -- Mineral Wells, TX

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography


If you know me at all, you know I'm a sucker for abandoned buildings. I will go in every one I stumble upon. (And open any freezer, fridge, etc) If you're an avid watcher of Ghost Adventures, then you have definitely seen this building before. The Baker Hotel is known as one of the most haunted (if you believe in that sort of thing) buildings in Texas - and definitely one of the most fascinating. The Baker Hotel was built with local shareholder's money as a way to profit more with the town's famous "mineral water" (whole 'nother story!). The Baker was completed in 1929 for the cost of 1.2 million. It stood fourteen stories tall with 450 rooms, two ballrooms, a beauty shop, a bowling alley, gymnasium, and an outdoor pool. It was also noted as the first skyscraper built outside a metropolitan area. The Hotel flourished through the 1930's, and then business steadily declined through the 1950's. Baker himself announced he was closing it after turning 70 years old in 1963. The Hotel opened back up briefly in 1965, but closed for good when Baker was found dead in the Baker suite. The doors closet for the last time in 1972. Back in the early 2000's, the caretaker gave "ghost tours" and they were pretty popular but expensive. Luckily for me, my mom knew the caretaker and I was allowed to tour the entire building - from the basement to the bell tower. AND I wasn't considered trespassing! Win win. All photos below are shot with film +  scanned. 

It's also recently been confirmed there will be a zombie movie filmed here! What the what. I'm a location hipster, ya'll. (Okay, just kidding. Really.)

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography
This is the servant's staircase - not the "main" one

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography
Darn auto flash! Hate it.

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography
The Baker's suite

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography
+ I don't have a photo of it, but in his closet was a hidden door with a liquor cabinet. 

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography
Fireplace in the Baker's Suite

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography
There's that sneaky flash again. That shower curtain, though! I'm sure if I would've touched it it would've just turned to dust.

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

 baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography
Supposedly this was the room of Baker's mistress. She committed suicide here. {this was a shrine}
One of the legends say you can smell her perfume, hear her heels, etc. I know on the show, they spent a lot of time in this room and if I remember correctly, she opened a door (?)

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography
If only I had the foresight to ask for those swanky double doors on the left there. Darn!

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

baker hotel, mineral wells, texas, travel, abandoned photography

I'm really lucky to have toured this monster. I know from recent photos that it is in awful shape - mostly from vandals. This was one of my very first abandoned buildings to be in, and it is solely responsible for my passion for them now! I have photographed so many and can't wait to do more.



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3 comments:

  1. GAH these are so cool! how long ago were you there taking these pictures? it looks so beautiful untouched by spray paint and trash. what a shame it probably doesn't still look this way.

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    1. I'm almost positive this was in 2005 or 2006! I can't remember which year, haha!

      It really was untouched for the most part. I only remember one specific room that was messed with and the walls were covered with the phrase "dead boys from breakfast" in blue spray paint. I mean over and over on all four walls. It was so weird. Everything else in the hotel was pure natural decay and it was beautiful.

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  2. Oh. My. Goodness. This is so incredible!

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