Crazy Water Hotel

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Shown here is the front entrance of the Crazy Water Hotel, in the 100 block of NW 3rd Street. This entrance is into the hotel lobby with the front desk to the left. The "Crazy Water Crystals" radio show originated from the hotel lobby immediately to patron's right upon entering the hotel. A salesman convinced the hotel's owners, Carr and Hal Collins, that if they would advertise crazy water crystals over that "new-fangled" media, radio, that they could sell a boxcar-load of crystals a week. Carr sent his brother, Hal to Texas Quality Network (KTQN) to start a program that ... continued below

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Shown here is the front entrance of the Crazy Water Hotel, in the 100 block of NW 3rd Street. This entrance is into the hotel lobby with the front desk to the left. The "Crazy Water Crystals" radio show originated from the hotel lobby immediately to patron's right upon entering the hotel.
A salesman convinced the hotel's owners, Carr and Hal Collins, that if they would advertise crazy water crystals over that "new-fangled" media, radio, that they could sell a boxcar-load of crystals a week. Carr sent his brother, Hal to Texas Quality Network (KTQN) to start a program that would make the crystals popular. By 1937, the Collins brothers were making about three million dollars by selling a boxcar-load of crystals each DAY!
The idea of crystallizing the minerals in the water is probably not original, here. It is said that a person named Dunkle, who worked in the Piedmont Hotel, collected portions of mineral water that patrons of the hotel had not used , and warmed the water to put his aching feet in. One day, Dunkle was surprised to find that the water had evaporated, and the minerals had been left behind. He carefully collected the mineral residue, and sold it to Piedmont patrons at two dollars a bottle. Persons interested in more details are referred to Guy Fowler's book, "Crazy Water."

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A. F. Weaver Collection

This colorful panorama covers Mineral Wells' founding and its mercurial growth as a resort center and army town to the present. Photos are from local historian and photographer A.F. Weaver, local families and research sources.

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  • Nov. 29, 2007, 6:45 p.m.

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  • June 13, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

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Crazy Water Hotel, photograph, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29813/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Boyce Ditto Public Library.