By CLINT FOSTER
It’s been almost three-quarters of a century since the likes of Judy Garland, Clark Gable and Lyndon B. Johnson flocked to Mineral Wells to sip and soak in the revitalizing “crazy” mineral water that is the city’s namesake.
Since 1881, Crazy Water has been a central part of Mineral Wells’ identity and culture and now the Crazy Water company is opening its newly renovated Crazy Bath House to help make Mineral Wells the city “Where America drinks its way to health” once again.
North Texans will get their first opportunity to see the new bath house on the 28th annual Zonta Tour of Homes, Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. The Crazy Bath House headlines the list of six properties on this year’s tour that will all be dressed up in their Christmas best for all to see.
Tour committee member Rebecca Patterson said they were excited to showcase the new bath house on this year’s tour and that it will be great economic opportunity for the city while also returning to its roots.
“It’s exciting for Mineral Wells to have a bath house open,” she said. “Its something a lot of people will be excited to see.”
Carol Elder, who owns Crazy Water with her husband, Scott, decided to open the bath house after they offered limited mineral baths to patrons to rave reviews.
She told the Index that re-opening a fully-functioning bath house was always part of their business plan since they first bought the fledgling company 14 years ago. Since then, the two have built Crazy Water back into a major local company, educating people nationwide about the benefits of drinking and bathing in Crazy Water.
“It was a vital part of the therapy,” Elder said of the mineral baths. “People would drink it, but also bathe in it, because your skin is your largest organ. You’re able to absorb the minerals while you bathe as well.”