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The Haunted History of the Baker Hotel

Haunted Baker Hotel/photo by Festino114/Copyright Festino114, Wikimedia Commons
Haunted Baker Hotel/photo by Festino114

An old building that has been left to rot and deteriorate over the years becomes visible as travelers enter the small town of Mineral Wells, Texas. The Baker Hotel is tall and majestic. No one can miss it as it comes into view. It transports you back to a different time when you look at it. You can feel that at the height of its glory, it was truly a magnificant spectacle to behold.

Building of the Baker Hotel was completed in 1929 and opened for business in November of the same year as a spa-resort. It boasts 14 stories and 452 rooms. The Baker Hotel claimed to be the second largest hotel in the country. To add to it's fame was the hotels Olympic-size swimming pool that was built in front of the hotel. A first of its kind in the United States, and lives up to the expectation that everything is bigger in Texas.

To add to its charm is the fact that it received some mighty famous visitors. The Three Stooges had their own suite at the Baker Hotel. Actress Judy Garland, Ronald Reagan and Clark Gable are also among the famous who stayed at the Baker. Big Band greats Guy Lombardo, Lawrence Welk and The Dorsey Brothers all played at the Baker Hotel. What an era! Can you imagine it?

Hauntings and Manifestations:

The exact number of spirits that call the hotel home for eternity is unknown, but some say that there are 49 different ghosts haunting the Baker Hotel. Among those who are still there is the ghost of the original owners red-headed mistress, Virginia.

The story is that after he ended their relationship, she was so devastated that she jumped to her death from the 7th floor. Witnesses say they have spotted her in different areas of the hotel. Are the sounds of high heeled shoes walking across the lobby floor hers?

The Cook and the Maid:

As the story goes, the hotels cook was having an affair with one of the maids. When the mistress maid threatened to expose their relationship to his wife, he flew into a fit of rage and stabbed her to death in the kitchen pantry. Female visitors reported hearing a woman's voice telling them to leave when they entered the kitchen.

The Ghost of T.B. Baker:

It's believed that the ghost of T.B. Baker, the original owner of the Baker Hotel, and another entity are still residing in his once luxurious 10th floor residence.

The Brazos Room:

Lights turn on and off by themselves and it is also believed that the Brazos Room is haunted by none other than Bonnie and Clyde. They were, after all, guests at one time or another, but are they really haunting the Baker?

Other reports include:

A heated argument between a man and a woman has been reported by witnesses coming from the lobby. A woman screams and there are loud bangs, as if the front doors have been slammed shut.

The sound of 1920's music and a gathering of people, as if they're partying and having a good time, are heard. Sounds a little reminescent of the movie "The Shining", doesn't it?

The smell of chocolate is present at times and is reported to accompany the presence of orbs.

Sadly, the Baker Hotel sits empty today and is a shell of its former glory. It's in a state of disrepair and  deserves to be restored to its wonderous state. I'm left to wonder, though, whether any future renovations will be met with an influx of activity from those who still reside there in ghostly form. Perhaps. Would be interesting to find out though.


  • Michael 5 years ago

    Great article! very interesting topic! kept me reading till the end.

  • Emylou - Seattle Stay at Home Mom Examiner 5 years ago

    Yep this is quite interesting.

  • Linda 5 years ago

    It's too bad communities let grand old buildings like the Baker Hotel set in ruins. So many of these building have a rich history from bygone years. Good job, Donna.

  • CJMathis-Portland Getaways Examiner 5 years ago

    We have a town here in Oregon = Baker City - their Baker Hotel is haunted also. I was in it recently and can tell you it is strange.

  • Shana Dines 5 years ago

    I would love to visit this place and other haunted places. I have never experienced an actual ghost sighting, great article!

  • taylor 5 years ago

    that wuz awesome!now i want 2 go there

  • Donna Allen-Dallas Ghost Hunting Examiner 5 years ago

    Unfortunately, the Baker Hotel isn't open to the public anymore. I think it would be a really cool place to hunt for ghosts as well :-)

    Thanks for your comments everyone!

  • Lyn Lomasi - Houston Parenting Examiner 5 years ago

    Very interesting Donna. It's too bad that it's no longer open to the public. Wonder if there's a story behind that too. ;-)

  • Jeff Titelius 5 years ago

    Oh, how I hope someone comes along to restore this landmark legend to its former glory.....otherwise it would be such a waste of history and hauntings....You should get Ghost Adventures to "lock down" here!!!

  • Rachel Ellis ~ Jacksonville Celebrity Headlines Ex 5 years ago

    That place is huge!

  • Bob 4 years ago

    It is unlikely that Bonnie and Clyde ever stayed at the Baker. They were "fugitive" outlaws considered armed and dangerous and were on wanted posters in every town from Dallas to Chicago. There is no real record of them ever being at the Baker. They were forced to sleep in their car or in motor parks, popular at that time. Some of the ghost stories have been expanded on or embelished over the years...I know, I wrote the first account of the "Ghosts of the Baker" several years ago. The hotel itself is however fascinating.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I really like the article.This place is truly a work of art, and I've only seen it in it's run down condition. I played a show there about 13 years ago, and remember the room was white, very large. We set up on a small stage that looked like a cut out in the wall, in some type of gathering area or ball room, close to the entrance. I remember people would roam around and come back saying the place was haunted. I knew nothing about the history of the Baker, and was not aware of all the big band greats that played there. Thank You for sharing this article.

  • Emily 1 year ago

    Aren't they opening it back up? That's what I heard anyways in the newspaper!