I suppose the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas could be compared to the Titanic in terms of its ruins. Like the Titanic, there was a moment in time when this huge opulent structure, so full of life, became nothing but an empty shell. It thrived primarily because of Mineral Wells itself, recognized as a spa with health benefits and attracted thousands of people each year. The hotel was completed in 1929 and reached the peak of its success during the next ten years. As antibiotics were discovered, however, the numbers of visitors to the town dramatically declined. The hotel survived through the tough times of World War II and beyond but eventually closed its doors on April 30, 1963.
The exterior is quite impressive and shows less signs of decay than I first imagined.
I didn't really know much about the hotel aside from seeing a few celebrity guest photos from back in the 1940s. Shannon and JP suggested we visit the place because they thought I would find it interesting to photograph. As we approached Mineral Wells, the hotel loomed above everything else like something from Gotham City. We found a parking spot and got up close and personal. All doors are bolted and chained so, unless you get really creative and risk a heavy fine or jail time by breaking in, the exterior is about all that's accessible.