Mineral Wells

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Husband of Mineral Wells Woman Found Dead in Her Freezer Arrested for Giving Her Meth

    At first, Mineral Wells police were stumped by Shannon Herrin Huddleston's death. How could a grown woman, her home and person bearing no sign that she'd been attack, wind up locked in her own freezer? Things became clearer when the autopsy report came back in October and speculated that Huddleston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    State Regulators Sit Idle as Quakes Rock North Texas

    So far, none of the two dozen earthquakes recorded in North Texas since the start of November have caused any serious damage. The Eagle Mountain Lake Dam is fine. Homes and businesses are intact, save for the occasional hairline crack. No one has been hurt. There's no guarantee that won't change as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Nashville Hit-Maker Chris Young Honed His Skills in an Arlington Honky-Tonk

    In 2005, Country music hit-singer and songwriter Chris Young was fronting the house band at Cowboy's Dancehall in Arlington. But by the spring of 2006, it seemed as though the number one smash-hits would be just around the corner for the Tennessee-born and raised crooner after he easily took home th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    A Mineral Wells Woman Died from Doing Meth, Crawling into Her Freezer

    When Shannon Herrin's teenage son found his mom dead in her garage in August, Mineral Wells police were perplexed. There was no evidence of murder -- no trauma, no signs of a struggle, no one with any apparent reason to want her dead -- and yet there was the indisputable fact that Herrin's body was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Amanda Shires - Dan's Silverleaf - 3/24/12

    Amanda Shires Dan's Silverleaf Saturday, March 24 It's a little surprising Amanda Shires isn't a country supernova yet, and more surprising she has no representation, not even a tiny indie label from her native Texas or current home of Nashville. She started playing the violin at the age of ten, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Four Food-Inspired Spring Break Road Trips

    Since we can't all load up for the beach this spring break, we've compiled a list of a foodie-inspired road trips. Maybe you have a day off and just want to get out of town for a bit, to drive aimlessly (or pointedly for ribs) on old back roads and discover great swaths of empty land and wonder how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Good Friday: The Independence Day Edition

    Bettmann/CorbisWillie Nelson at his second annual Fourth of July picnic in 1974​It's hot as hell and the area burn bans are in full effect, which can only mean one thing: It's time to celebrate our independence! This weekend's live music offerings are fairly strong, but at Billy Bob's Texas in For ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Bon Iver, The Secret Sisters and a Ridiculous Number of Other Show Announcements

    Bon Iver's Justin Vernon​It's a risky career move, holing up in a cabin in the woods to create a debut album, but for Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, it seems to have paid off in spades. Between nods from Kanye West and the success of his R&B side project Gayngs, his highly anticipated self-titled s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Hashknife BBQ: Give Us Our Daily Bread

    Sure, Hashknife is a barbecue joint, but forget about ribs for a minute and try the giant loaves of bread. ​Over spring break my husband and I loaded up our kids and took a road trip out to Lake Minerals Wells State Park. We hiked, climbed, cried, threw rocks into the water and generally distu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    As Baker Hotel Team Tackles "Last Step" in Financing the Re-Do, Documentary Previews at Texas Theatre Tomorrow

    Patrick MichelsThe team looking to modernize and reopen Mineral Wells' 82-year-old Baker Hotel says they're one small step away from having the financing set and starting on the remodeling.Been a while since we've had much to say here about the big re-do out at Mineral Wells' Baker Hotel -- the 82-y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Road Trip: Noshing My Way to Big Bend

    The scenery was pretty cool too.​According to the cheery student volunteer who gave a short lecture at Big Bend National Park the other day, the desert is delicious: Any resourceful visitor can make a meal of prickly pear pads and pigweed seeds. While the ranger-in-training assured us the fed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    A Question About "The First Moving Pictures of Dallas Ever Taken." And, Some Answers?

    ​A very good Friend of Unfair Park found this old newspaper cutout here. It's an ad from the October 4, 1911, issue of the Dallas Times Herald, and, as you can see, it promises quite the something special -- then, certainly, and now most definitely. Our Friend, a history buff hoping for a miracle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Welcome to the Forbes 400, Darwin Deason!

    Kelcy Warren, proof that a UT-Arlington graduate can make the Forbes 400​I've been told: Everybody loves lists, especially this one -- Forbes' annual countdown of the richie-richiest 'Merkins, which contains more than its share of locals, as usual. Tops, through, is a Fort Worth resident who I'm p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2010

    A Tour Through Mineral Wells' Baker Hotel As It's Prepped for Its Makeover

    Photos by Patrick MichelsThere are holes in the walls of the storied hotel, and the beds are trashed and stained from seeping water (and worse), but developers hope to reopen the Baker in 2013. As we stroll from the ruins of the Baker Hotel lobby into what's left of the dining room, Mark Rawlings po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Man Behind Stoneleigh Redo Pulls the Trigger on Resurrecting Mineral Wells's Baker Hotel

    Flickr user: sidehike​My former Dallas Times Herald colleague, Helen Bryant Anders, writes this morning that Jeff Trigger -- former managing director at the Adolphus and The Mansion on Turtle Creek, and the man responsible for the Stoneleigh Hotel's extreme makeover -- is about to save the mighty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    A Doc-in-Progress About the Life and Death and Rebirth of Mineral Wells's Baker Hotel

    Turns out our own Patrick Michels is a bit, well, obsessed with the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells -- as in, "I haven't broken in there ... yet." He was just out there a couple of weeks back, matter of fact, just to see the place. Which is why, after this morning's post about plans for an extreme hote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Wild Time At The Well

    When a box of bottled water samples from Mineral Wells arrived at the office this week, I claimed it immediately. I’m an unabashed snob who grimaces at tap water. At home I filter it through my PUR contraption before considering a drink. When I’m out and about it's the bottled variety, even ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2007

    Ever Seen a Ghost?

    Spirit hunters like Lisa Olive prowl local historic sites, searching for haunted souls

  • News

    November 4, 2004

    Fast Times at MotorSport Ranch

    Jack Farr's performance-car playground redefines the country club

  • Calendar

    October 21, 2004

    Falling Stars

    The Next Generation of sci-fi

  • News

    April 8, 2004

    Sex Toy Story

    You can't buy a vibrator in Burleson, but there are plenty of dildos

  • News

    September 12, 2002

    Life Without Father

    Inmates on Texas' Death Row leave behind immeasurable pain and countless victims--including their own families

  • Calendar

    August 8, 2002

    Flour Power

    The Light Crust Doughboys spread some old-time commercial radio

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Cruel and Unusual

    Mentally ill Texans used to go to hospitals. Now, increasing numbers of them go to prison instead.

  • News

    December 8, 1994

    Jack the Knife

    Texas' Jack Crain helps Hollywood's heroes slice and dice the bad guys