you walk in or drive in from Weatherford
on Hwy 180 West, contact the Chamber of Commerce at:
511 E. Hubbard St., Mineral Wells, Texas 76068
There a friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide you with all
the information you will need to enjoy Palo Pinto County. The county
seat (one of Texas' smallest) of Palo Pinto is twelve miles west and
has no chamber of commerce but the Mineral Wells Chamber can furnish
you with most of Palo Pinto's secrets. Palo
Pinto is a must see, but before heading on, explore Mineral Wells
|Baker Hotel -
The bridge from the hotel to the pool
Photo courtesy Jason
There are quite
a few similarities between Mineral Wells and Hot Springs Arkansas.
Both were built by water, and the vacant Baker
Hotel, one of the state's most glamorous hotels of its era, was
modeled after Hot Springs' Arlington. Although the water isn't as
abundant, the stone work and irregular terrain is reminiscent and
Mineral Wells' restored Post Office is a gem Hot Springs would love
to have. Unfortunately, both cities have seen better days.
Mineral Wells is also home to Bat World – a living Museum and
rehabilitation center for orphaned and injured bats which nest throughout
Mineral Wells. Like Austinites, the citizens of Mineral Wells have
grown to appreciate their insect eating, pollinating friends. Founded
by Amanda Lollar, Bat World is an affiliation of B.A.T.S., the Beneficial
Animal Teaching Society, a non-profit organization.
a photo taken of the Grand Theatre in 1948 just after it was remodled.
I worked there as a teenager and later owned the building after it
had closed. This is one of 4 theatres that were open in the 1940's
into the 1960's in Mineral Wells, Texas."
- Don Eichler, Center Point, Texas, September 14, 2006
self-guided driving tour of the historic district lists 25 sites.
Antiques and collectibles can be found mostly on North Oak and East
Hubbard. Five area hotels in town will enable you to get a good rest
to better enjoy your busy day ahead... Palo
Pinto Trip Part 3