The Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas

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Financial planner Chad Patton the main voice of the restoration team

May 4, 2014
Mineral Wells Index

Out front of the Baker project

Chad Patton

The story of the Baker Hotel's demise is no secret. In fact, the entire nation has heard the song time and time again. Mineral Wells has not had it the easiest, and the track record of major businesses closing feels a mile high to some.

But there is a new song being sung these days, and its writers are just normal people with big dreams for Mineral Wells.

More than 12 years ago, Laird Fairchild began driving out to Rhodes Ranch in Palo Pinto, which led him right down Hubbard Street, home of the lonesome Baker Hotel. On occasion, Chad Patton would accompany Fairchild. Through their many trips together, the "grand lady" began to cast her spell on the duo, drawing them in.

Now, she won't let them go.

Their idea to restore the Baker Hotel was officially born a little more than six years ago, of which the latest venture in the project is the 4B sales tax election.

But who is this duo and their team?

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