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[An Early Car at the Crazy Well Flats]

Description: Frank Richards (The driver, identified as "Dad") sits in a Thomas Flyer, parked at the Crazy Pavilion, in late October (or early November) of 1909. Dust on the car, extra spare tires, and a sign on the spares, indicate they have been involved in a "Pathfinder Endurance" run (from Fort Worth to San Angelo) for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The driver and passenger are dressed in typical "duster" clothing for cross-country travel. Frank Richards went on to maintain a successful Abstract company in Mineral Wells. His father, Thomas Richards, had the Star Wells Company in Mineral Wells. A cigar sign in the window suggests this was the drug store, then located in the southeast corner of the Crazy Flats. A sign on the hotel also advertises rooms for rent in addition to its being a mineral water drinking pavilion.
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

[Mission Espada]

Description: Photograph of an oblique view of the east (front) and north facades of the church at Mission Espada. Father Francis Bouchu's residence, reconstructed from the main part of the old mission convento, stands to the left of the church.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
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Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Mission Espada]

Description: Photograph of a close-up oblique view of the east (front) and north facades of the church at Mission Espada. The north wall of Father Francis Bouchu's residence, reconstructed from the main part of the old mission convento, is visible to the left of the church.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
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Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Mission Espada]

Description: Photograph of an oblique view of the east (front) and south facades of the church at Mission Espada. Father Francis Bouchu's residence, reconstructed from the main part of the old mission convento, stands to the left of the church. A well is centered in the foreground between the two structures.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
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Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Mission Concepcion]

Description: Photograph of an oblique view of the west (front) and south facades of the church and convento at Mission Concepcion. A frame house and outbuildings abut the mission structures.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
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Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Mission Concepcion]

Description: Copy print of an oblique view of the west (front) and south facades of the church and convento at Mission Concepcion. Men are visible inside the rail fence and outside the entry portal. Newer buildings have been constructed adjacent to the convento walls.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
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Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Mission Espada]

Description: Photograph of an oblique view of the east (front) and south facades of the church at Mission Espada. A well is visible in the foreground.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
Location Info:
Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Mission Concepcion]

Description: Photograph of an oblique view of the north and west (front) facades of the church at Mission Concepcion. The remains of the convento are visible behind the rail fence at the far right.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
Location Info:
Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Taken From North Oak]

Description: This information is printed on the back of photograph: "Taken from the North Oak and N. E. 3rd. Street looking North May 28, 1975 by A.F. Weaver." Businesses that are visible in the photograph are, in order: The Crazy Water Hotel, Community Aerial Cable Company, Bennett's Office Supply and The Grand Theater.
Date: May 28, 1975
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Vaulted chapel at Mission Concepcion

Description: Photograph of the vaulted chapel at Mission Concepcion. There are red, blue, and yellow painted decorations on the arch of the ceiling and wall. There is a short oscillating fan on the floor. Tourists are visible through an open door that has been gated off.
Date: May 4, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
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Partner: UNT Libraries

[Mission Concepcion interior]

Description: Photograph of a barrel vaulted room with the Mission Concepcion convento. A friar stands by a doorway. Traces of frescoes painted by the mission's Native American artists can be seen above the door and in horizontal bands on the upper walls.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
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Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

Standard Park

Description: The Standard Park not only had a swimming pool, but a movie theater and dancing pavilion, as well, for the entertainment of health-seekers. A trolley to it operated at 600 North Oak Street from 1907 to 1913. (Note the Kingsley Hotel above and left of the Standard, built into the side of East Mountain--later destroyed by fire.) First known as the Vichy Well and Natatorium, then later as the Beach, the Standard was torn down in World War II; and a USO Club was built here for soldiers at Camp Wolters. The USO building was given to the city after the war, and renamed the North Oak Community Center. The Crazy Water Festival Committee is currently [2003] attempting to restore the Community Center.
Date: 1913?
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Sewing Room

Description: The back of the photograph exhibits a note that this picture was copied from the "Burro", which is the Mineral Wells High School yearbook. The "Sewing Room" was a classroom in the Lillian Peek Home Economics building on the grounds of the high school. The Lillian Peek cottage was built by the WPA in 1937, and was the first free- standing house built specifically for Home Economics education in the State of Texas. It was "Current state of the art" when it was completed. The building now [2008] houses the Creative Arts Center, and is used by the local Art Club as an art workshop and museum.
Date: 1937?
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

[A Street Scene, Taken About the 1930's]

Description: This photograph illustrates the "New" Crazy Hotel on North Oak Avenue, which opened in 1927 after the earlier hotel burned March 15, 1925. Many automobiles typical of the period can be seen on the street. Note the following businesses: The Tom Moore Drug Company, a barber shop, a cafe, Young's Studio, a bath house, and the Crazy Drug.
Date: 1927?
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Texas Carlsbad Well [ 2 of 3: People on Porch]

Description: An early picture (probably taken from a newspaper) of the Texas Carlsbad Drinking Pavilion, located at 415 NW 1st Avenue. It stood across the street west of the Crazy Well and its first Crazy Drinking Pavilion. The large, two story Second Crazy Pavilion, built adjacent, and to the south of the first one, faced west toward the Carlsbad. The Carlsbad had been replaced by a brick structure by 1909. Stained glass windows were later added to the building that depicted Ponce de Leon and his "Fountain of Youth" mineral water that "Makes a man love HIS wife. "Makes a wife love HER husband, "Robs the divorce court of its business, "Takes the temper out of red-headed people, "Puts ginger into ginks and pepper into plodders." (Please see the picture one down, but one, for a better view of it.) This is the second picture of this image. The first one has been cropped, and does not show the outer parts of the picture. The third one is a slightly clearer picture. A colophon on the lower left corner reads: "Evans Photo Min Wells Tex"
Date: 1905?
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

[Mission Concepcion]

Description: Photograph of an oblique view of the front (west) facade of the Mission Concepcion church and convento. Two clergymen and a man in a suit stand in front of the well. The shadow of the photographer with his camera can be seen at the bottom center of the photo.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
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Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Mission Concepcion]

Description: Photograph of an oblique view of the front (west) facade of the Mission Concepcion church. A well is visible in the left foreground, with a section of wall standing at the far right.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
Location Info:
Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society

[Mission Concepcion]

Description: Photograph showing the front (west) facade of Mission Concepcion church. The walls of the L-shaped convento stand in the foreground on the right. A fence made from tree branches surrounds the buildings.
Date: unknown
Creator: Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951
Location Info:
Partner: San Antonio Conservation Society