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Floating at the Baker Hotel Cloud Room
(without reservations)

or Playing for Casper

My Uncle Jim T____ was one of the residents of the Baker Hotel back in the late 60's / early 70's when it was rented out as apartments. My older Brother Bruce and I spent hours on end investigating the Baker and riding up and down on it's crank elevator.

I can tell you "without any reservation" that the
Baker is without a doubt haunted. I would be all too happy to take any lie detector test you could hook me up to!

When I was 5 years old, I made my way up to the cloud room atop the hotel, and discovered my first piano. It was an upright in much disrepair. It was, in fact, the first piano I ever placed my hands on. I played that old piano, experimenting with simple melodies and chords and later I grew up to attend college and major in music. I become a professional piano player, so you can imagine the amount of time I spent in the cloud room tickling those ivory's. It was hard to keep me away from there!
Baker Hotel Cloud Room,  Mineral Wells, Texas
The Cloud Room
Photo courtesy Jason Grant
One time while up there by myself, I witnessed a levitating full body apparition that was completely white and translucent in appearance slowly making its way from the back of one end of the ballroom to the other. Although I really didn't understand what a ghost was at the age of 5, I was absolutely frozen with fear. Although it never came toward me as if to harm me, I knew that what I was witnessing was very much supernatural. I never returned to the cloud room by myself until many years later when the hotel was purchased by O.C. Dow.

The Baker holds so many great memories for me and my Family. Most of that generation of my Family (Mother, Father, Uncle) have passed away now, but I would like to think that they still get together at the Baker, drink entirely too much alcohol and dance and sing the night away. The Baker has so made an indelible impression on me, it is never very far away from my thoughts! - (Name witheld by Request), San Antonio, Texas


A More Detailed Account
This may sound somewhat comical, but the apparition was neither male nor female that I could determine. It was approximately 5 1/2' tall, levitated about 2' off of the ground at all times, moved very steadily and deliberately all the way from the back of one end of the ballroom to the other (about at the speed that an older adult person would walk if not hurried). Here is the comical part......if an adult were to place a large white bed sheet over themselves (much like Casper the Friendly Ghost) and make this same walk, it would've appeared very similar. The largest differences being this sheet figure was absolute radiant white, almost giving off a shimmering effect much like a pearl shell, was not opaque nor transparent, but translucent, and steadily levitated off of the ground at all times just as I have indicated. The only thing I have concluded after all of these years is this "thing" was some form of light energy! A picture is worth a thousand words, and I would do anything if I could show you exactly what has been captured in my mind all of these years. Although this "thing" apparently meant me no harm, it did manage to "scare the living [daylights] out of me!" Immediately after this occurrence, I ran down to my Uncle's apartment like a scared little rabbit and told my Uncle, Mom, Dad and Brother what I had seen. They quickly went up to the cloud room to investigate and found nothing, but I was not going to go back up there on a bet, with or without them! I wanted NO part of it! I would sure like to one day know what that "thing" was!

- (Name witheld by Request), San Antonio, Texas, August 13, 2007

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