The Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas

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Baker Rising

May 22, 2014
by Gail Bennison
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine

In her glory days, the majestic Baker Hotel embraced U.S. presidents, Hollywood royalty, socialites, oil tycoons and cattle kings.

Conceived by a group of Mineral Wells businessmen and built by famed Texas hotelier T.B. Baker, the hotel opened its doors, Nov. 9, 1929, and it held its grand opening Nov. 22, just two weeks after the Wall Street Stock Market crash. At a cost of $1.2 million, the Spanish Revival-style, 14-story hotel had 450 air-conditioned guest rooms and featured tennis courts, medical clinics, shopping, restaurants, a drinking pavilion, a beauty salon, outdoor pool, a bowling alley and one entire floor dedicated to a spa for mineral baths and massages. It was the home of the famous Brazos Club.

The Baker thrived for two decades.

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