Friday, November 20, 2009
I Drove North
I went out 183 to Lampasas, and then picked up 281. Approaching Mineral Wells, I saw a huge building and wondered what it was. when I got into town, I had to stop and get a couple of pictures, and asked a lady in a shop across the street about it. I apologize for the power lines, but i couldn't get the top of the building without them.
It is the Baker Hotel, built in the 1920s and abandoned thirty-odd years ago. The lady across the street told me that it had recently been purchased, with a view to restoration. It is very spooky, with lots of broken windows up high, and tattered curtains hanging in others. I would love to have had a tour, but they only do that on weekends. I may just have to go back. Especially after reading Baker Hotel Ghosts.
Mineral Wells is a town that could use a lot of restoration, located west of Ft. Worth on Texas Highway 281. The south wind was blowing my jacket off, and I think it's usually like that. There were dust devils in the lee of the hotel.