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November 23, 2009

The history of the Baker Hotel

An excerpt reprinted with permission from the Web site www.bakerhotel.us



In 1877 James A. Lynch and his family settled in a valley 48 miles west of Fort Worth. Tired of hauling water from the nearby Brazos River, Mr. Lynch had a well dug on his property.

The water had a funny taste and at first was believed to be poison. Mrs. Lynch continued to drink the water and found it did not harm her. In fact, the water seemed to cure her rheumatism. The word spread and many came to see if they could also receive a cure.

A third well dug was made famous from the fact that a woman who suffered epilepsy drank the water daily. Legend says that after she drank the water she was cured and they named the well the Crazy Woman Well, later just the Crazy Well.

The town was originally named Ednaville, but after the waters began to draw people the town was renamed Mineral Wells. Many pavilions and hotels were built so that the thousands who came there had a place to stay. The Damion, Fairfield Inn, the Hexagon, the Oxford, the Period, and the Piedmont Hotel are just to name a few.

The Crazy Water Hotel was built where the Crazy Well is. After the first hotel burnt down, the Collins brothers from Fort Worth rebuilt the Crazy Hotel and planned to market the water.

Meanwhile a group of citizens in Mineral Wells didn’t like the fact that outsiders were going to make a profit from their waters. They raised money to build their own hotel. That’s when they got T.B. Baker to build the Baker Hotel.

Theodore Brasher Baker was born July 11, 1875, in Washington, Iowa. He was the youngest of five living children to William and Leoramia (Grayson) Baker. T.B. had three brothers, Martin C. Baker, W.R. Baker, Michael R. Baker and a sister, Myla Baker.

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