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[Penitentiary Hollow]
Three ladies (bearing bouquets), a man and a boy perch among the angular boulders of Penitentiary Hollow on the east side of Lake Mineral Wells. Their identities are unknown. This picture is probably a souvenir photograph, taken at some time during the late 1910's or early 1920's. The area gets its name from the widespread belief that cattle thieves were thought to be accustomed to cache their booty here, in preparation to driving it on to market. Therefore, anybody detected in this place (who could no give a good account of himself--it was usually a "he") was likely to find lodging in the nearest penitentiary.
[The Penix Home ]
The Penix Home (at 1001 SW 7th Avenue, Mineral Wells, Texas)was once owned by William H. Penix--partner of the law firm of Penix, Miller, Perkins, and Dean. He also served as vice-president of the Bank of Mineral Wells in 1920. The style is Queen Anne, Free Classic sub-type. It is shown here much-ravaged by time. Note the decayed "Gingerbread", the cut-away bay (not common in Mineral Wells),and the flat-topped tower, which is unlikely to have been original. The house was re-located in 1989 to an area north of town,now [2008] Bennett Road. Restoration of the house was completed in 1998.
[The Penix House ]
This home (at 1001 Southwest 7th Avenue, Mineral Wells, Texas) was once owned by William H. Penix, who was a partner in the law firm of Penix, Miller, Perkins, and Dean. He was also vice-president of the Bank of Mineral Wells in 1920. The style of the house is Queen Anne, free classic sub-type. Note the unusual flat-topped tower on the left of the photograph. Such towers were almost always turreted, flat-tops being practically unknown in this style of architecture. It might not be original; but given the general appearance of the house the condition of the tower might be a testimony to the ravages of time.
[People in a Parade]
A buggy is shown here, filled with people dressed in what appears to be fashions from the 1920's. The buggy wheels are decorated for a parade and the buggy itself has the name "T. J. Green" on it. The location appears to be in front of the Gibson Well in the 700 block of NW 2nd Avenue, now [2008] the location of the First Christian Church.
[People in an Automobile]
An automobile is shown here, decorated for a parade. The occupants of automobile are obviously dressed for the special occasion. The photograph is a view looking south on Oak Avenue at First Street, in downtown Mineral Wells. The ghostly images in the picture remain unexplained.
[People in the Front of the Nazareth Hospital]
A group of people, including a priest, three nuns and Mother Superior, standing in front of the Nazareth Hospital. For details about the Nazareth Hospital, please see: "Nazareth Hospital, 25th Anniversary, 1931-1956."
[People Marching in a Parade]
Shown here is a photograph of people walking south along North Oak Avenue in a street parade, with some individuals playing musical instruments. The prominent building in the middle right of the picture is the former Crazy Theater on the east side of Oak Avenue, across the street from the Crazy Hotel.
[People Sitting in a car]
This photograph, looking west on East Hubbard at the corner of NE lst Avenue, shows a touring car, with two men in front and three women behind. Please note the trolley car tracks in front of the car. They are almost covered with dirt and no longer in use. This photograph, taken about 1915, may be found on page 137 of Art Weaver's book "TIME WAS in Mineral Wells."
[People Standing Around a Table]
Twenty unidentified people of all ages--one a babe in arms--in holiday clothes stand around two tables that have been joined together to make one. Chairs about the table are mismatched. An open Victrola stands to one side. Naked light bulbs dangle from the ceiling. One door and two windows are visible. The site of the occasion (and the people celebrating occasion itself) are unfortunately unknown.
[A Period Car]
Three men are shown sitting in a restored "Vintage" car. Razz Ford sits in the back seat. Tom Creighton, in the driver's seat, still wears the beard he grew for Palo Pinto County's 1957 Centennial celebration. Russell Whatley occupies the passenger's seat. The car is making an exit from the driveway of the Baker Hotel onto Hubbard Street. The picture was taken in 1958. The building behind the Oldsmobile/Cadillac sign is the Beetham Funeral Home.
The Period Hotel
A postcard of the Period Hotel, a two-story building with Neo-classical architecture which was located at the corner of NW 4th Avenue and 6th Street, in Mineral Wells, Texas is shown here. There is a horse-drawn carriage parked in front of the hotel and various people standing on the sidewalks around the building. A printed note at the top of the picture reads: "7698. The Period Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas."
Period Hotel and Annex
The Period Hotel and Annex was located at NW 4th Avenue and 6th Street. It was managed by Miss Lizzie More. The hotel was destroyed by fire. The Annex survived, and was later known as the Town House Apartments. The Annex is still extant in 2007.
[The Period Hotel and Annex]
The Period Hotel, located at N.W. 4th Avenue and 6th Street, was owned and managed by Miss Lizzie More. The hotel was destroyed by fire, but its annex is still [2007] standing, and is in use as an apartment house. A similar, but earlier, photograph is found on page 103 of A.F. Weaver's pictorial history "TIME WAS In Mineral Wells," Second Edition, 1988.
Petroleum Products, The Texas Company
This is a picture of truck number D-677, bearing the identification of Texaco Petroleum Products, The Texas Company. A woman sits in the cab of the truck. The truck itself seems to date to about 1912.
[Photgraph of General Paul L. Freeman, Jr.]
Head-shot of Commanding General in the US Army Paul L. Freeman, Jr. The general is in uniform and is sitting in front of a medium-colored backdrop. On the back of the photograph are handwritten notes, a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address, and typewritten notes giving information about the photograph (such as the photo's subject, the photographer, etc.).
[A Photocopy of the Mineral Wells "Index"]
Shown here is a photocopy of a page from the Mineral Wells "Index." No date is shown. The only legibly complete articles concern the Buck Head Bath House and Pavilion, and the Wagley Bath House and Annex.
[Photograph of Chet Huntley]
Photograph of Chet Huntley from NBC News, wearing a light-colored suit and a dark, striped tie. The photograph is signed by Mr. Huntley, in the bottom left corner. On the back of the photograph are handwritten notes and a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address.
[Photograph of Chet Huntley]
Photograph of Chet Huntley from NBC News, wearing a light-colored suit and a dark, striped tie. The photograph is signed by Mr. Huntley, in the bottom left corner. On the back of the photograph is a handwritten note reading, "70%," a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address, and a circular yellow stain. There's also a portion of typewritten text on the stain, but the rest of the text has been torn off.
[Photograph of Eric Sevareid]
Head-shot of CBS newsman Eric Sevareid. Mr. Sevareid is wearing a suit with a dark tie and a dark pocket-square. He is sitting in front of a light-colored background. On the back of the photograph are a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address and handwritten notes, including one that reads, "12/15/61."
[Photograph of Eric Sevareid]
Head-shot of CBS newsman Eric Sevareid. Mr. Sevareid is wearing a suit with a dark tie and a dark pocket-square. He is sitting in front of a light-colored background. On the back of the photograph are a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address and handwritten notes, including one that identifies the photo's subject.
[Photograph of Frank Meszar]
Portrait of Brigadier General Frank Meszar, visible from the chest up. Meszar is in uniform; his emblems, awards, and colors are visible. On the back of the photograph are handwritten notes and a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library address.
[Photograph of General James K. Woolnough]
Head-shot of Commanding General in the US Army James K. Woolnough. The general is in uniform and is sitting against a light-colored background. On the back of the photograph are typewritten information about the photo (such as the photo's subject, photographer, etc.), a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address, and handwritten notes.
[Photograph of General Mark W. Clark]
Photograph of retired US Army General Mark. W. Clark. The general is sitting at a desk in uniform. On the desk are two upright-standing pens, a small knick-knack shaped like a man, and a desk sign with General Clark's name and rank. Behind him, two standing flags are visible. On the back of the photograph are a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address and handwritten notes, including one that reads, "1966."
[Photograph of General Omar N. Bradley]
Head-shot of General Omar N. Bradley against a light-colored backdrop. The general is in uniform, which bears small medals and embellishments. On the back of the photograph are typewritten notes and a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library address.
[Photograph of Governor John Connally]
Photograph of Governor of Texas John Connally. Mr. Connally is wearing a dark suit and tie, and a window with Venetian blinds is visible in the out-of-focus background. On the back of the photograph are a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library address and handwritten notes, including one that identifies the photo's subject.
[Photograph of Igor I. Siorsky]
Photograph of Igor I. Sikorsky. Mr. Sikorsky is wearing a suit with an ID name clip hanging from his left-breast pocket. He's holding a model airplane in his right hand (his left arm is out of shot), and there are out-of-focus frames on the wall behind him. On the back of the photograph is a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library address, handwritten notes, and a sticker identifying the photo's subject.
[Photograph of Inspiration Point]
Photograph of a scenic overlook on a mountain. Two notes on back of the picture read "So. of city on 281", and "Lake M W." This picture appears to be taken just east of Inspiration point, instead, and looking southwest, where the highway starts down the mountain.
[Photograph of Inspiration Point]
Photograph of view from Inspiration Point, overlooking the Brazos River seven miles south of Mineral Wells.
[Photograph of L. J. Varnell, Jr., Mayor of Mineral Wells]
Photograph of L. J. Varnell, Jr., Mayor of Mineral Wells. Mr. Varnell is wearing a dark suit and tie and standing or sitting against a light backdrop. On the back of the photograph are a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library address and handwritten notes, including one that identifies the photo's subject, and a stamp with the photographer's information.
[Photograph of Lake Mineral Wells]
Photograph of the Civic League Island at Lake Mineral Wells, four miles east of Mineral Wells, Texas, with a rustic bridge connecting the two small islands, picnic tables, and grilles. In the foreground, there are two small boats with canopies, carrying passengers on the water of the lake. A forested shoreline is visible in the background of the image.
[Photograph of Lake Mineral Wells]
Photograph of a view from a spot near the dam looking across the lake to Ed Dismuke's Famous Water Company, where mineral water was piped to his drinking pavilion on NW 3rd Street.
[Photograph of Lake Pinto, Mineral Wells, Texas]
Photograph of a "Dinky Car" by the side of the original Lake Pinto. Two people are in a canoe on the lake.
[Photograph of Lawrence J. Lincoln, Commanding Lieutenant General]
Photograph of Commanding Lieutenant General Lawrence J. Lincoln. He is in uniform, sitting at a desk with an American flag in the background. His uniform bears small emblems and awards, including his colors. On the back of the photograph are stamped, typewritten, and handwritten notes.
[Photograph of Lover's Retreat]
Photograph of small group of people sitting on a large rock on the north bank of Eagle Creek, reflected in the water of the swimming hole at Lover's Retreat.
[Photograph of Major General Delk M. Oden]
Photograph of Major General Delk M. Oden, Commanding Officer. The Major General is in uniform, sitting at a table with his hands folded on the table. There are flags visible in the background, including the American flag. On the back of the photograph are a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library address and handwritten notes identifying the subject and the photo's dimensions in inches.
[Photograph of Major General Robert R. Williams]
Head-shot of Major General Robert R. Williams, Director of Army Aviation. The Major General is in uniform and sits in front of a dark background. On the back of the photograph are typewritten notes, a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address, and a handwritten note that reads, "60%."
[Photograph of Men on a Trail]
Photograph taken approaching the top "Welcome" Mountain (East Mountain) in Mineral Wells, with the structure of an observation tower visible through the trees.
[Photograph of Mineral Wells from East Mountain]
Photograph of a view of Mineral Wells, taken from East Mountain, looking southwest. Poston Dry Goods is shown in the left foreground); the First Baptist Church (upper right); the Dr. A.W. Thompson residence in middle foreground, with Mineral Wells Sanatorium to its right (west).
[Photograph of Mineral Wells, Texas 1881]
Photograph of Mineral Wells, Texas, taken in 1881. (Please observe that the picture carries a copyright by A. F. Weaver.)
[Photograph of New Suspension Bridge at Lover's Retreat]
This is a photograph of a suspension bridge for pedestrian traffic across Eagle Creek at Lover's Retreat. Formerly a public park, and now on private property, it was located four miles west of Palo Pinto on the old Bankhead Highway (now U.S. Highway 180).
[Photograph of Public Mineral Water Well]
This photograph was used on the dust cover of A. F. Weaver's book, "TIME WAS In Mineral Wells", Second Edition, 1988 It is identified as "Visitors to Mineral Wells at 'Public Mineral Water Well' around 1910. The picture was furnished by Mrs. Raymond York. On left is Ellie Landry of Dallas. Second from right is Mrs. William Whitehead Gardner of Lawrence, Texas, grandmother of Raymond York of Mineral Wells.
[Photograph of Retired General Hamilton H. Howze]
Photograph of retired US Army General and Vice President of product planning at Bell Helicopter Company, Hamilton H. Howze. Mr. Howze is wearing a dark suit and tie, and is in front of a light-colored backdrop. On the back of the photograph, there is a handwritten note identifying the photo's subject and a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address.
[Photograph of Senator John G. Tower]
Head-shot of US Senator John G. Tower, against a light-colored background. The Senator is wearing a light-colored suit and a patterned tie. On the back of the photograph are a stamp giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library address and handwritten notes, including one identifying the photo's subject.
[Photograph of Senator Tom Creighton]
Head-shot of Texas Senator Tom Creighton. Mr. Creighton is wearing a dark suit and tie, and half of his face is partially shadowed. The backdrop is dark and out-of-focus. On the back of the photograph are handwritten notes and two stamps: one giving the Boyce-Ditto Public Library's address and the other giving the photo printer's information.
[Photograph of Suspension Bridge over Brazos River]
this is a photograph of suspension bridge being built over the Brazos river near the town of Brazos, in Palo Pinto county. The view is looking west. An inscription on the mounting of the photograph reads: "A Photographic Souvenir from Mineral Wells, the Great Health and Pleasure Resort of Texas."
[Photograph of Suspension Bridge Over the Brazos River]
This is a photograph of a suspension bridge being built over the Brazos river near the town of Brazos, in Palo Pinto county. Three adults and a child in early twentieth-century clothes are obscurely visible in the lower left-center. The view is looking east.
[Photograph of Suspension Bridge Over the Brazos River]
Here is a photograph of a suspension bridge being built over the Brazos River near the town of Brazos, in Palo Pinto County. Printed in the corner of the mount is "A Photographic Souvenir from Mineral Wells, the Great Health and Pleasure Resort of Texas."
[Photograph of the First Mineral Wells Golf Country Club]
A photograph of the first clubhouse of The Mineral Wells Golf and Country Club is shown here. This picture comes from Knights of Pythias Album, 1925. The swimming area and lifeguard station can be seen at the far left of the picture.
[Photograph of The Piedmont Hotel]
Photograph of the Piedmont Hotel, located on NE 2nd Avenue and East Hubbard Street, was demolished to make room for the Baker Hotel Garage. Before its destruction, it was used as an office for the Army Engineers during the construction of Possum Kingdom Dam.
[Photograph of the Street Car to Elmhurst Park]
Photograph of a streetcar about to enter Elmhurst Park by way of North Oak Street.