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DALLAS/FT. WORTH  to  PALO PINTO COUNTY
via Weatherford and Mineral Wells

continued
Part 2

Weatherford ‹ Part 1

Mineral Wells and Baker Hotel
The Baker Hotel dominating Mineral Wells
Photo courtesy Jason Grant

MINERAL WELLS, TEXAS

US 281 - 90 miles South of Wichita Falls
US 180 - 48 miles West of Fort Worth
80 miles West of Dallas

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Whether you walk in or drive in from Weatherford on Hwy 180 West, contact the Chamber of Commerce at:
511 E. Hubbard St., Mineral Wells, Texas 76068
(1-800-252-MWTX)

There a friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide you with all the information you will need to enjoy Palo Pinto County. The county seat (one of Texas' smallest) of Palo Pinto is twelve miles west and has no chamber of commerce but the Mineral Wells Chamber can furnish you with most of Palo Pinto's secrets. Palo Pinto is a must see, but before heading on, explore Mineral Wells first.

Mineral Wells TX - Baker Hotel bridge
Baker Hotel -
The bridge from the hotel to the pool

Photo courtesy Jason Grant

Mineral Wells, Texas Attractions

There are quite a few similarities between Mineral Wells and Hot Springs Arkansas. Both were built by water, and the vacant Baker Hotel, one of the state's most glamorous hotels of its era, was modeled after Hot Springs' Arlington. Although the water isn't as abundant, the stone work and irregular terrain is reminiscent and Mineral Wells' restored Post Office is a gem Hot Springs would love to have. Unfortunately, both cities have seen better days.

Mineral Wells is also home to Bat World a living Museum and rehabilitation center for orphaned and injured bats which nest throughout Mineral Wells. Like Austinites, the citizens of Mineral Wells have grown to appreciate their insect eating, pollinating friends. Founded by Amanda Lollar, Bat World is an affiliation of B.A.T.S., the Beneficial Animal Teaching Society, a non-profit organization.

Mineral Wells, Texas, Grand Theatre
"Here is a photo taken of the Grand Theatre in 1948 just after it was remodled. I worked there as a teenager and later owned the building after it had closed. This is one of 4 theatres that were open in the 1940's into the 1960's in Mineral Wells, Texas."
- Don Eichler, Center Point, Texas, September 14, 2006

A self-guided driving tour of the historic district lists 25 sites. Antiques and collectibles can be found mostly on North Oak and East Hubbard. Five area hotels in town will enable you to get a good rest to better enjoy your busy day ahead... Palo Pinto › Trip Part 3


John Troesser
First published 1998


Mineral Wells, Texas Stories

  • The Ghosts of the Baker Hotel by Bob Hopkins.
  • The Baker Hotel ("Rooms with a Past") by Johnny Stucco
  • Haunting Photos of the Baker Hotel
  • Ghosts of the Crazy Water Hotel by Bob Hopkins.
  • Mineral Wells once a booming health spa by Delbert Trew
  • Book Burning by Mike Cox
  • Oil Patch Memories by Mike Cox


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