November 20, 2007

The Baker Hotel

One of my favorite shows on TV is entitled Dead Famous. Two people, a sensitive and a sceptic go and try to find the ghosts of dead celebrities. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there is some damn good historical knowledge to be gained from watching the show.

On one episode they were investigating the legend of Bonnie & Clyde. The famous outlaw lovers that met their end with police on May 23, 1934 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Chris Fleming (the sensitive) and Gail Porter (the sceptic) visit the historic Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas, a favorite hang out of Bonnie & Clyde.

The Baker Hotel construction began in 1926 and opened in 1929, just two weeks after Black Friday. Built by T. B. Baker at the height of the roaring 20s the hotel welcomed quite a few celebrities, including Judy Garland, Clark Gable, the Three Stooges, Lyndon Johnson, Helen Keller, and Ronald Reagan. The Baker Hotel closed it's doors for good in 1972 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

To walk into the hotel now is to walk back in time. It's amazingly beautiful even though it is in a state of bad deterioration. The hotel is supposedly home to quite a few ghosts, disembodied voices, and flying orbs.
Check out this links on the hotel:

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