The Resurrection Of The Historic Baker "Crazy Waters" Hotel In Mineral Wells, Texas
A group from Southlake Texas are planning a $54 million renovation of the 14 story Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells Texas. This is big news for the small town of 17,000 people in Eastern Palo Pinto County. The development group has been working on bringing this a reality for 3 1/2 years.
The hotel is the largest building in Mineral Wells and in it's day was one of the largest health spas in the country. The Baker Hotel opened in Mineral Wells Texas in 1929 during the height of the mineral water craze. In it's heyday, the Baker included mineral baths, golf course, three dance floors, and a rooftop nightclub. Hollywood Stars like Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Judy Garland strolled the halls and danced away in the ballrooms. In the 1940's the FDA ordered Mineral Wells to stop making medical claims about the waters and traffic dropped off.
The hotel has been vacant for almost 40 years now. Plans to reduce the 450 original rooms to around 155 by expanding them and bringing them up to modern day standards. The spa area and pool will also get a major renovation and the new lobby will be spectacular. All of this at a price tag of over $54 million. The developers have stated they will be using local contractors for the renovations which will give a boost to the local economy.
This is all very exciting to save such a important part of Texas history.