Mineral Wells’ Baker Hotel (Mineral Wells, Texas)
ADDRESS: 200 E Hubbard St, Mineral Wells, TX 76067
COORDINATES: 32.809407, -98.111686
The Mineral Wells’ Baker Hotel opened in 1929 as a lavish hotel for those who could afford the luxury. In 1967, the hotel’s founder, Theodore Baker, died of a heart attack in the Baker Suite. The hotel closed about five years later. While it was open, several notable celebrities stayed at the Baker Hotel. Glenn Miller, Lawrence Welk, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, and Lyndon B. Johnson stayed. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the outlaw couple, have been said to have stayed at the Baker.
Now to the urban legends and lore. Sightings of ghosts have been reported at the hotel long before it ever closed. This is due to the many deaths that have occurred at this building, including murder. 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. The woman had jumped off the hotel balcony and landed next to the pool. More ghost reports have been made up, even by urban explorers today.