The Baker Hotel Ghost Walk is a chilling experience that comes with an eerie history of not only the Baker, but other locations in Mineral Wells.
Opened in 1929 and abandoned since 1972, the Baker Hotel has drawn lots of attention since the creation of the ghost walk by Angela Morgan who is also the guide.
I attended the ghost walk over the weekend and I can say walking up those steps to the front door of the 14-floor hotel was like something out of a horror movie.
The walk not only included mysteries of the Baker Hotel, but an interesting and frightening history about The Crazy Water Hotel, The Crazy Water well and a residential home that had upside down crosses engraved into its front porch columns.
The group stood just in front of the Baker steps where Morgan explained that we were standing on a three-story car garage underground. Underground tunnels run from the Baker all the way to a residential area and were used during the prohibition era to transport a variety of goods.
As we traveled along the backside of the Baker we were told stories of tragedy including the death of a child who was severed at the waist after an unfortunate encounter with an elevator. His body was put on display for nine days as people came by to express their condolences before being taken away.
Though the Baker comes with a creepy history, the most shocking part on the ghost walk were the stories of the Crazy Water Hotel that was built in 1914 and operated until 1925 when a fire destroyed the hotel.
Morgan said it's the second most haunted place in Texas behind the Alamo, and after having what she referred to as a “demonic” experience inside the hotel, said she will never step foot inside again.
Morgan and an acquaintance were inside doing some paranormal research taking readings and photographs. Morgan was looking down into the elevator shaft snapping photos when something physically pushed her to the ground leaving one leg dangling over the edge of the elevator shaft hole. She never returned.
Morgan explained that later a man from Las Vegas purchased the hotel in hopes of renovating it and offered to pay Morgan $5,000 to do some more research; she declined. The gentleman would fly in one his helicopters to visit the hotel and after spending one day indoors checking out what needed to be done, he got on his helicopter, flew away and never came back.
No one knows what occurred when he was inside, but Morgan said it must have been something awful.
Though the Crazy Water Hotel is seemingly abandoned, a caretaker named Curtis still lives inside the building for insurance reasons. He keeps toys outside of his area that way the “children” will leave him alone, Morgan said.
A woman who was on the ghost walk snapped a photo of one of the hotel windows and what she captured gave me goosebumps as you could clearly see the outline of two little figures - what looked like children - standing inside looking out.
As we continued away from the Crazy Water Hotel we were following the underground tunnels, which end at the corner of a residential area.
Morgan explained that a gentleman purchased the land and erected a fake business - the sign reading “A not for real company.”
In purchasing the land, he acquired what was underneath too. Morgan said underneath our feet were several 1920-1940 Studebakera, a car from the John F. Kennedy assassination motorcade, the first Dublin Dr Pepper’s that came off the line and more.
The gentleman who now owns this property has access to the underground entrance and keeps the area under heavy video and audio surveillance.
As we made our way through the residential area we came upon a home that looked as if it came out of a scene of American Horror Story.
As I studied the house, my friend pointed out the columns where there were upside down crosses engraved around the top. Morgan’s story is a bit hazy at this moment, but I remember her explaining something about a doctor living there who would murder sick children that were taken to the home.
The home sits a short distance from the Crazy Water Well, the last stop on the Baker Hotel Ghost Walk with its own unique history.
My friend and I were making our way back to our vehicles when we decided to try our hand at capturing some Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) readings using a phone app at the Crazy Water Hotel. After hearing mostly static, we stopped at one area near a window where my friend’s app reader began picking up “something.” The two of us were staring at the device when all of a sudden we heard what I can only describe as a short, extremely loud deep growl come through sending us running into the middle of the street - luckily there were no cars.
The walk was definitely a memorable experience.
More information along with photos and history links can be found by visiting the Baker Hotel Ghost Walk’s Facebook page.