AUSTIN, Texas —
The Mineral Wells Central Historic District in Palo Pinto County was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) assisted in the nomination of this district in recognition of its importance to the history of Mineral Wells and the State of Texas. Noted for its historical significance, the district joins other properties around the state with National Register status.
The Mineral Wells Central Historic District includes an impressive assortment of significant commercial, civic, governmental, and industrial buildings that reflect the development of the city through the post-World War II period. These resources reflect the emergence of Mineral Wells as a tourist destination and its role as one of the state’s most successful and important health resort communities through the mid-twentieth century. Mineral Wells earned its healthy reputation due to numerous underground sources of mineral water, with wells that spurred development and commercial growth, including a large number of bath houses and hotels. Historic resources include a high concentration of early-twentieth-century brick commercial buildings, and its skyline is defined by several large and unique buildings, most notably the Baker Hotel and the Crazy Water Hotel, both of which are being rehabilitated for commercial use once again, utilizing state and federal preservation tax credits.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a federal program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect the country’s historic and archeological resources. The National Register includes more than 3,300 listings in Texas. Listing affords properties a measure of protection from the possible impact of federally funded projects, as well as access to technical expertise and grant funds to facilitate their restoration and preservation. Income-producing properties are also eligible for federal tax benefits for sympathetic rehabilitation work.
To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853 or visit thc.texas.gov.