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Located in Palo Pinto and Parker counties and about two hours from Allen, Mineral Wells was discovered in the late 1800’s because of the healing properties of the mineral springs found in the area.  The town drew national interest for several reasons but the biggest claim to fame is the opulent Baker Hotel.  The hotel is considered to be the most haunted place in Texas.

Built in 1929 the 14 story hotel housed 450 guest rooms, 2 ballrooms, an in-house beauty shop, a bowling alley the first-ever swimming pool built in a hotel in Texas. This skyscraper cost $1.2 million in 1929 dollars and was a popular health spa in the 1930’s and welcomed guests such as Clark Gable, Glen Miller, Lawrence Welk, and Judy Garland.  The hotel enjoyed immense success throughout the 1930s, largely due to Mineral Wells growing reputation as a top-tier health spa destination.

However, stories of ghosts and hauntings began early in the 1950s as workers reported seeing a ghost of a woman on the seventh floor. She was possibly the mistress of the hotel manager and due to being distraught about the affair had jumped to her death from the top of the building. Since then, many guests that stayed in her suite on the seventh floor have reported smelling her perfume and seeing her spirit.  Another story told of a man who died after jumping into the elevator to avoid being caught fraternizing with the laundry women. He was caught in between the closing door and died. He is said to appear by the elevators at night sometimes.  Many stories of orbs have been seen by ghost hunters, and there are many claims of strange ghostly figures, sounds, and smells that are still told today.

In 1963 the hotel closed but was re-opened in just a few years.  Finally, in 1972 the hotel was closed for the last time. Several groups have considered rehabilitating the structure but not until 2010 did a project truly get started.  Follow the story and maybe you can be a guest in this famous hotel.

The legend of the “healing” waters began in 1881 when a woman who suffered from dementia would sit by the well and drink mineral water all day. After a while, people began to notice the “crazy old lady” was not so crazy anymore and attributed her recovery from the “crazies” to the water. The well soon became known as the “Crazy Well” and thousands flocked to the magical well to be healed.  Ed Dismuke was one of those searching for a cure for his ailing stomach because doctors had told him nothing could be done. But when Mr. Dismuke began drinking this magical water, he was restored to health. In 1904 he founded the Famous Mineral Wells Company selling mineral water. Now, more than 100 years later, people are still drinking Crazy Water.

The Crazy Water Hotel, also known for its paranormal activity, is now a retirement home!

Fort Wolters was a training ground for pilots.  One story involves a pilot who didn’t want to go to war shot himself and is now believed to roam an old barrack where he died.  Also, the recommissioned army hospital has many ghostly stories.

If you go to Mineral Wells for Halloween (or any other time), let me know what YOU see!

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Sharon Kofahl

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