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May 10, 2014

BACK TO OUR FUTURE

Mineral Wells voters overwhelmingly pass 4B sales tax election

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The crowd out front of the Baker cheered as Allen, aka Doc Brown from the “Back to the Future” movies, stepped out his DeLorean time machine to announce the day's vote totals.

In a lab coat and wig, Allen, cheerfully climbed the Baker's steps and read the day's totals. “We're with the Baker. We have our own destiny. Let's move back to our future.”

At an election-day celebration, investor Chad Patton of the Baker Development Partners LLC (Baker Restoration Team) said he and his team were “humbled by all the community support. It's been a lot of work and we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

“This is a phenomenal day for us and for the city,” said restoration team member Laird Fairchild, who along with Patton, shared a dream 12 years ago to get the Baker restored. More than a decade ago, Fairchild began hunting on some property just east of Mineral Wells. Patton would join him on an occasion. After several trips through Mineral Wells, they began falling in love with the city and started having hopes for a restored Baker.

He said the city's support was incredible, from Mayor Mike Allen to building inspectors such as Tony Stubblefield and Robert Turk, who looked after the hotel, and to everyone who donated time and money on the project such as Beth and Steve Watson, organizers of the Friends of the Baker.

Speaking outside of the Baker, after votes were announced, Mayor Pro-Tem John Upham raised a toast to the hotel. “Here's to the future.”

And the crowd raised their flutes of champagne and toasted the “Grand Old Lady” and her new life.

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