Here is a fantastic video tribute by Bill Carter that shows the Baker Hotel as it looks today.
I have toured this beautiful old hotel and feel it is such a tragedy that she falls deeper into disrepair with each year. She is so mighty that implosion isn’t an option…thankfully…aren’t there any grant writers out there that can come up with the funds to revive this landmark and bring back her grandeur in a useful venue that will bring tenants or vacationers to this area?
Hi Valerie, I totally agree! The last I heard (May 2013) was that a group was working on that and very close to getting final approvals and budget to continue renovations. Fingers crossed! Waiting to hear more. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/travel/travel-matters-baker-hotel-plan-is-still-in-the-wo/nXcfD/
Oh my! I toured the hotel over 20 years ago. It looked nothing like this. It breaks my heart to see places from my hometown in such condition.
I concur, she needs to be restored. I have driven around her and when I do I “send” her my love. Visioning now restoration of her grace and beauty.
… call into being those things which are not as if they are. Romans 4:17
This is far from the same Baker Hotel where I delivered the Mineral Wells Index to full-time residents in 1954. It was also much different when we celebrated our Junior-Senior Banquet there in 1958. Unfortunately, the old hotel seems to be headed in the same direction as the now missing “Home of the Crazy” sign above Highway 180 at the US 281 intersection… Yea, Mountaineers! Class of 1958!
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