[The Hexagon Hotel]

[The Hexagon Hotel]

Date: 1897-1924
Creator: unknown
Description: The Hexagon Hotel was built in 1895 by David G. Galbraith, the inventor of the paper clip, and co-developer of acetate synthetic fiber. According to Ellen Puerzer ("The Octagon House Inventory", Eight-saquare Publishing, copyright 2011), the building was twelve-sided, clad with clapboard, built on a stone foundation. Two English stonemasons did all stonework, presumably also the work on the DC generating plant next to the hotel. The rooms within were hexagon-shaped, with a bath being shared between every two rooms. The well-ventilated "honeycomb" structure (a master-stroke in the days before air-conditioning)opened in December 1897. The stone building behind and left of the Hotel is the plant for generating electricity used for a light in every room in the hotel.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[The Mineral Wells Convention Hall and the Hexagon Hotel]

[The Mineral Wells Convention Hall and the Hexagon Hotel]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: The Hexagon was the first electrically-lighted hotel in Mineral Wells. The Convention Hall was built, in part, on the foundation of the Hexagon's DC power plant. The Convention Hall was built for the West Texas Chamber of Commerce Convention, which was held in 1925.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[The Hexagon Hotel Stairwell]

[The Hexagon Hotel Stairwell]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This picture shows the staircase in the Hexagon Hotel taken from the top floor. A view of the first-floor lobby can be seen at the lower middle of the picture with the stairs spiraling from floor to floor down to it. A writer in the Palo Pinto County Star (Mineral Wells, Tex.) in 1966 remarked that "[A]s one entered the lobby once could see the stairways as they encircled each floor giving a gallery effect." See also: "Hexagon Hotel [with history]" for further details.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[A Model of Hexagon Hotel--and Elizabeth Sickels]

[A Model of Hexagon Hotel--and Elizabeth Sickels]

Date: unknown
Creator: A. F. Weaver
Description: Illustrated here is picture of a model of the Hexagon Hotel (and the only living daughter of David Galbraith, Elizabeth Sickels) that was taken about 1977. The model is now located in the Mineral Wells Historical Association's Rock School House.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[The Hexagon Hotel Staircase]

[The Hexagon Hotel Staircase]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: The Hexagon Hotel had four staircases that spiraled down through its five floors. The interior trim was of "heart of pine"--a hardwood, despite its name. Pegs and square nails were used in the construction. The building was designed in a honeycomb pattern to maximize ventilation for the comfort of the guests. See also: Hexagon Hotel [with history] for further details.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[North Oak Avenue ]

[North Oak Avenue ]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: A street scene in Mineral Wells (looking north on Oak Avenue) approximately at the corner of North Oak Avenue and West Hubbard Street is shown here. Street car (running from 1907 to 1913) tracks are visible in the foreground, and the guy wires required to keep the power wire of the trolley in place festoon the sky. The Hexagon Hotel (opened in 1897)is visible towards the back of the picture. The Vichy (later the Beach, and then later the Standard)well is barely visible across from the Hexagon Hotel. The streets of Mineral Wells were not paved until 1914. Please observe the utter absence of automobiles.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
Moore St [Now NE. 6th St.]

Moore St [Now NE. 6th St.]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: A view of Moore Street (now NE 6th Street) is shown here, looking east up Welcome Mountain, with the Hexagon Hotel on the left side of the street near the middle of the picture.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[An Aerial View of Northwest Mineral Wells]

[An Aerial View of Northwest Mineral Wells]

Date: unknown
Creator: A. F. Weaver
Description: An aerial view of northwest Mineral Wells that was taken between 1959 and 1969 is shown here. The Hexagon Hotel on North Oak Street can be seen in the center left foreground with the Convention Center immediately north (to the right)of it, and the Crazy Water Crystal plant two blocks northwest.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[Photograph of the Hexagon Hotel]

[Photograph of the Hexagon Hotel]

Date: 1950~
Creator: Howell, M. A.
Description: Photograph of the Hexagon Hotel in Mineral Wells, Texas. The hotel is situated beside a road next to a smaller buildings. It has four stories, multiple porches, and multiple gables with windows.
Contributing Partner: Palo Pinto County Historical Association
[Hexagon Hotel Booklet]

[Hexagon Hotel Booklet]

Date: unknown
Creator: Howell, M. A.
Description: Booklet containing two photographs of the Hexagon Hotel, as well as a series of architectural drawings of its floor plan.
Contributing Partner: Palo Pinto County Historical Association
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