Oil Boom Hotel Mineral Wells TX by Richardphotos ()
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during the oil boom in Texas there were millions of dollars in the hands of the oil barons. many small cities and towns have many dilapidated buildings and most have antique stores in the place of thriving businesses. I am thinking this has been vacant every since the hotel closed 47 years ago.
Historically known for the legendary healing properties of the mineral waters in the area, the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells opened in 1929.
At 14 floors and costing $1.2 million, it was the first skyscraper built outside of a major U.S. metropolitan area. The hotel was developed by Texas entrepreneur T.B. Baker and featured progressive hotel amenities including the first Olympic size hotel swimming pool, air conditioning, circulating ice water for the guest rooms, automatic light controls to turn off lights when guests leave the room and lock their doors, and valet doors for dry cleaning to keep hotel employees from disturbing the guests. The hotel attracted many celebrities as performers and as guests, among them Lyndon Johnson, Pat Boone, Jack Dempsey, Marlene Dietrich, Dale Evans, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Will Rogers, Roy Rogers, Elliot Roosevelt and the Three Stooges.