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Small Texas Boomtown Might Have Another Chance
Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Feb. 16, 2014 | Bill Hanna

Posted on 02/18/2014 6:25:11 PM PST by Antoninus II

MINERAL WELLS — Every time Annette Bennett walks out the back door of the family business, the Baker Hotel still looms large, but it possesses little of its majestic past.

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TOPICS: History; Travel
KEYWORDS: revitalization; smalltownusa; texas; tourism
Let's hope this finally happens...
1 posted on 02/18/2014 6:25:11 PM PST by Antoninus II
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Original article title: Mineral Wells Hopes Baker Hotel is About to be Reborn


2 posted on 02/18/2014 6:35:54 PM PST by Antoninus II
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The developers also plan to seek funds from the EB-5 visa program, through which international investors can get U.S. residency by placing at least $500,000 in a U.S. business that creates or preserves at least 10 full-time jobs.

i hope it works out too

but how do you say "hanoi hilton" in mandarin

3 posted on 02/18/2014 6:37:10 PM PST by bigheadfred
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Mandarin translation would probably be “hanoi hilton”


4 posted on 02/18/2014 6:46:46 PM PST by Antoninus II
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I’ve driven by it many times on my way out to Lubbock. I prefer 180 to the interstate although 380 is my favorite out east of Post.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 6:50:41 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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I go through Mineral Wells several times a month as it’s on the way to the ranch from Ft. Worth. “Booming” is not a term that comes to mind when I think of Miserable Swells.

Ah, the Baker. Their have been “plans” and “buyers” and “investors” and “revivals” spoken about the place for as long as I can remember. Nothing. It just sits there and slowly falls down. All the time.

“The Baker would be decorated in “Palo Pinto Chic,” becoming an upscale hotel and spa that could host conferences, meetings and weddings — lots of weddings.”

Well, good luck to them. I hope they can convince people from Ft. Worth, Dallas, and places hence to drive out to Mineral Wells to go the spa, have a conference, or, have a meeting. They might have some success with the wedding thing though.


6 posted on 02/18/2014 6:57:02 PM PST by FAA
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To: crusty old prospector

I grew up in MW.


7 posted on 02/18/2014 6:58:51 PM PST by Antoninus II
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A LOT of the problems in MW can be attributed to the Chamber of Commerce..


8 posted on 02/18/2014 7:01:37 PM PST by Antoninus II
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I can believe it. I see a little going on at the old fort (something new there opened up recently) and they got a Super Wal Mart. That’s about all I’ve noticed from 180.

Went to school in Breckenridge and I understand how small town politics and egos can run things into the ground.


9 posted on 02/18/2014 7:06:54 PM PST by FAA
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We moved to MW in ‘63. Dad was a helicopter instructor for Southern Airways at Ft Wolters till it closed.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 7:12:59 PM PST by Antoninus II
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"Went to school in Breckenridge"

Went to an awesome airshow there with my Dad many years ago. Dad was a WWII (Army Air Corps) vet and his friend (US 5th Army) vet accompanied us. He knew Patton personally. I loved the conversations, stories!!

11 posted on 02/18/2014 7:19:28 PM PST by Antoninus II
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To: crusty old prospector

Ha! I was born in Post.


12 posted on 02/18/2014 7:20:02 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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Ha! I was born in Post.

At Wolters? Beach Army?

13 posted on 02/18/2014 7:24:53 PM PST by Antoninus II
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At the local hospital by Dr Tubbs in ‘54. Moved to Plainview when I was 4.


14 posted on 02/18/2014 8:21:32 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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LOL, my first introduction to Mineral Wells was in a rain storm in 1962 - bus dropped us off at the REAR of the Crazy Water Hotel... The mud in the street, the plank porches across the street were straight out of the old westerns...

We went in to the eerie marble mausoleum (at least it seemed like it) and made our way to the only light visible where we encountered the man from the crypts... with his green translucent visor. He called the base for them to send a bus to pick us up...

Had to make a trip back in town to see that place in daylight...

After getting out of the Army, I later worked 7 years for Southern Airways - hehehe Good ol' Beech Army Hospital... I remember one scandal there where Doctors were caught reviewing their essential proficiency requirements and if they needed two more spinal taps to maintain proficiency, the next two people they saw magically needed one...

Tons of fond memories too...

15 posted on 02/18/2014 8:35:42 PM PST by DelaWhere ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" - Benjamin Franklin.)
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I remember as a little kid watching the doctors step out in the hallway to smoke a cigarette under the No Smoking signs...


16 posted on 02/18/2014 10:37:39 PM PST by Antoninus II
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To: DelaWhere
We went in to the eerie marble mausoleum

That would have been the old mineral water drinking pavilion in the back side of the hotel. Years ago that would have been quite busy...

17 posted on 02/18/2014 10:40:49 PM PST by Antoninus II
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To: Liberty Valance

I like the drive out east of Post towards Aspermont. Nothing but wide open spaces.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 6:20:26 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Antoninus II
Earlier comments on the Chamber of Commerce must be true - even back in the early 60's - This character, wearing a green accountants/dealers visor was enough to cause the most devoted drunk to swear off the stuff, and certainly didn't promote the mineral waters. I think even we GI's would have coughed up a few bucks to improve that image...
19 posted on 02/19/2014 6:52:11 AM PST by DelaWhere ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" - Benjamin Franklin.)
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Patton’s son went through flight training there. He inherited lots of arrogance without the common sense.

He was elected class leader however troops were very unhappy with him - particularly after telling the bus driver that was picking his flight up from a stage field to be returned for lunch and afternoon classes to take his bus back and bring a newer one that was befitting of his men.

Old plain spoken Southern Airways driver told him this was what the Army provided, if he wanted to ride, he was welcome but the schedule called for him to pull out in 15 minutes, which he did.

After 7 miles of double timing, they arrived, missed lunch and were late for class... Flight suits can be really hot in August in Texas... Hehehe


20 posted on 02/19/2014 7:07:50 AM PST by DelaWhere ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" - Benjamin Franklin.)
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I’m sure your Dad would have known K.J. Flannery then... I got my wings from his flight school in Weatherford...

Hangar flying with some of those old timers was almost more exciting than being behind the stick...


21 posted on 02/19/2014 7:10:54 AM PST by DelaWhere ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" - Benjamin Franklin.)
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I’ve been to every one of those stage fields.


22 posted on 03/01/2014 5:32:44 PM PST by Antoninus II
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