MINERAL WELLS – You remember “The Shining”, don’t you? Houston’s Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and their baby boy Danny – all three alone for the winter in a remote old hotel in the Rockies while “All Work and No Play” Nicholson drives himself crazy trying to write a novel? They are alone, that is, save for ghostly guests of decades past, sliding down a crowded ballroom dance floor in their tuxedo and jewelry sets.
I have to admit that the 1980 Stanley Kubrick classic came to mind during a recent visit to the Shattered Hulk that was once the splendid Baker Hotel. Climbing 10 flights of dark and narrow interior stairs behind my guide Cody Jordan, it was hard to imagine Judy Garland, Clark Gable and Will Rogers as hotel guests, but they were there. Marlene Dietrich and the Three Stooges too. (Imagine Curly, Larry and Moe tripping over themselves as the glamorous actress walks by.) Legend has it that Bonnie and Clyde stayed at the Baker and had the carpet removed in the hallway outside their bedroom, so that they can hear the hard-heeled click of the approaching law.Source link