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November 22

The town of Mineral Wells, Texas, was briefly famous for the healing properties of the local mineral water. Folks came to “take the water” and many of them stayed at the grand Baker Hotel.

The old place has seen better days.

Behind the Baker Hotel
Mineral Wells, Texas

photographed 8.15.2010

February 26

The back of the Baker Hotel is just as run down as the front.

It used to be a glorious place, famous far and wide for the healing waters, but those days are long gone. Or, as the song “Mineral Wells” says:

There’d be no healing return to the past;
the fountain of youth had dried up.
Tom Russell

Mineral Wells, Texas

photographed 8.15.2010

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