Nazareth Hospital in Mineral Wells operated from 1931-1956 but, I think the building may be older than that. It was considered a clinic and opened shortly after the Crazy Hotel opened its doors in 1927.
The Holy Sisters of Nazareth purchased the building for $135,000 (about $2,011,090 today) and moved into the top floor of the 46-room building to serve the patients. The building was closed in the late 1960s. I’ve been told that people were being born as late as 1968. But the clinic itself was temporarily housed in the Crazy Hotel until 2009. Then it was moved to its new building.
In the late 1980s through the most of the 1990s the Nazareth housed the Palo Pinto County Service Corporation that included Head Start, JTPA, Emergency Food Program, Civil Service, Social Security, and the Family Planning Center.
I think this history is a bit lacking but I can’t find much information about the building. There isn’t much information about the building’s later years and several sites have incorrect information as to when the hospital closed.
Nazareth Hospital in Mineral Wells Current State
I spent some time wondering around the exterior of the building and it looks in pretty good shape but from what a couple of local police officers told me, the interior is rough shape including a fire that damaged a good part of the basement and animal/human feces throughout the building.
On my second trip to Mineral Wells to visit the Nazareth Hospital the basement door was wide open. Although I was tempted to go in, I just took a few shots from the door way. As you can see just from the entrance, its bad. You can see the trash piled up, the old computers that were left behind when the last residents moved out, you can see the fire damage, and the water damage from when the fire was put out. I am curious to see how well the upper levels are holding up.
When you peak through the front door windows, you can see where people got up from what they were doing and left their coffee on the table. If the building has been vacant since the 1990s, then it’s amazing that the coffee and office equipment the front offices are still there after all those years.
As I mentioned before, I am still researching the history of the old Nazareth Hospital in Mineral Wells and will continued to look into its history. If anyone knows more about the history, who to contact, or even a chance to get a tour and document the current status of the hospital, please contact me.
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