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  • by Anthony Gilbert 10-16-18
    Governor's Mansion, Buffalo Billiards on Sixth Street, St. Edward's University
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  • 10-7-17
    Haunted eatery, gift shop, office, museum, creek...

TEXAS HAUNTED PLACES

Haunted Hotels
  • Catarina: by Mike Cox
    "If you’re looking for a ghost, it figures you’d go to a ghost town to find one.
    But when Terry Cole came to the Dimmit County town of Catarina from McAllen several years ago, he sought employment as a construction worker, not an encounter with the supernatural. Even so, he ended up with both..."
  • Laredo: La Posada Hotel by Mike Cox
  • Piedras Negras: by Luke Warm
  • Mineral Wells: by Bob Hopkins
    It may be one of the most haunted places in Texas, if not the country.
  • Mineral Wells: by Bob Hopkins
    "… Another Crazy Water Hotel employee stated that a little girl's spirit, who has called her "Dizzy", a nickname that only her family knows, frequently follows her around in the kitchen. …"
  • Schulenburg: by John Troesser
  • San Antonio: a book review
    Haunted Courthouses
  • by Lois Zook Wauson
    Wilson County Courthouse
  • by James L. Choron
  • by Lou Ann Herda
  • by Lou Ann Herda
    Haunted Theaters
  • by Joan Upton Hall
    Haunted Schoolhouses
  • by James L. Choron
    The mystery of Center High School's second floor

Haunted Houses, Cemeteries, Churches, Depots, Hospitals, Jails, Forts, Libraries, Bridges, Rivers, Roads, Caves ... Tomball

  • Haunted eatery, gift shop, office, museum, creek...
Downes-Aldrich Haunted House
  • by Bob Hopkins
    “If people say that I didn’t see a ghost, you tell em to come see me! I saw it with my own two eyes and I know what I saw.”
  • by Dana Goolsby
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Buried treasure in Elkhart and a ghostly nun who roams the old historic Pilgrim Cemetery
  • by Dana Goolsby
    The oldest county in Texas is believed to be hallowed ground, on which the spirits of Indians and Confederate soldiers roam freely.
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Bowden Rd, perhaps better known as " Demons Rd,” leads to an old cemetery known as Martha’s Chapel Cemetery...
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Oakwood Cemetery, and the oldest prison in Texas - the Walls Unit...
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Stephen F. Austin State University is allegedly home to numerous spooks. The Turner Fine Arts Auditorium at SFA has more than fine art in the building. A ghost named Chester is believed to haunt the building...
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Jacksonville City Cemetery, Mother Templeton Statue, Killough Monument, and Lon Morris College
Parker Cemetery
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Parker Cemetery has long since been the most talked about haunted place in Grapeland.
  • by Bob Bowman
    With Halloween upon us, it’s time to remember the old Bonner house west of Lufkin, which has been called the perfect haunted house. But it had also has a rich history...
  • by Luke Warm
    The Haunting of Liendo Plantation, “Miss” Elizabet Ney and Dr. Edmund Montgomery
  • by Mike Cox
    Harvey, 34, had the distinction of being the last of nine men legally hanged in the castle-like stone jail, built for 0,000 in 1876 at the corner of 11th and Brazos streets — present location of the Dewitt C. Greer Building, headquarters of what is now the Texas Department of Transportation.
  • by Bob Bowman
    The best time to visit the Ghost Road in Hardin County is late in the evening when nightfall descends over the Big Thicket...
  • by Bob Bowman
    Devil’s Pocket, Devil’s Race Track on the Neches River, Widow’s Bend on the Sabine River, and the Laughing Ghost of Todd Springs.
  • by Maggie Van Ostrand
    "Round Rock's Hairy Man's the real thing and he's been there back since pioneers built cabins and helped conquer the West. Want to tell your kids how the Hairy Man of Round Rock came to be? Well, one day..."
  • by Mike Cox
    A small light flickered through a broken pane of glass in the dilapidated old officer’s quarters at Fort Concho. Glancing at the light, the folks who occupied the adjacent officer’s quarters bolted their doors and left a loaded gun in a convenient location—just in case...
  • by Linda Kirkpatrick
    A ghost that haunts the banks of the Frio River...
  • by Johnny Stucco
    Houston Library Ghost Story
    There's nothing to not like about "Cra" the building's civilized resident spirit.
  • by Ken Rudine
  • by Ken Rudine

  • "My photo proved that I saw and photographed something." - Ken Rudine
  • by Archie P. McDonald
    "The Big Thicket Light, aka the Saratoga Light, shows up at night on a seven-mile stretch of road connecting Farm Road 1293 and Saratoga, a former health spa/oil town/Big Thicket gathering area in Hardin County.."
  • by Mike Cox
    The expression "he just dropped out of sight" had both figurative and literal meaning in Burnet County during and after the Civil War...
  • by W.T. Block, Jr.
    "As children, Broomtail and I had grown up, listening to our sisters’ tales on Halloween nights, about the ghosts that wandered around the cemetery. And to augment their stories, a river man named Old Rob, who worked on our farm, had bottomless pits full of ghost stories of his own."
  • by Clay Coppedge
    "On the east side of Donahoe Road, not far past the Donahoe historical marker, is a single grave protected by an iron-wrought fence..."
  • Clay Coppedge
    "Joyce Woods Cox, a local historian based in Moody, was told when she was a child that at night you could hear the rattling of chains."
  • by W. T. Block, Jr.
    If you should ever pass near the Old City Cemetery in Galveston on the night of January 8th, you might hear a screaming voice out of the ocean mists...
  • by James L. Choron
  • by Lou Ann Herda
  • by JohnTroesser
  • by Mike Cox
    Docents guiding tours of Fort Concho's reconstructed hospital still tell the story of “Dead” Ellis.
  • - Shannan Yarbrough
  • by Mike Cox
  • by John Troesser
  • by John Troesser
  • by Lou Ann Herda
  • by Mike Cox
  • by Bob Hopkins
  • by Mike Cox
  • by John Troesser
  • by Bob Bowman

Texas Ghost Stories

  • by Mike Cox
    The headless horseman in South Texas.
  • by Wanda Orton
    Apparitions, Apparently
  • by Mike Cox
    Two Lubbock ghost stories and one strange tale of a man who made his amends for a ghastly crime one brick at a time.
  • by Linda Kirkpatrick
    Besides being the time of ghosts and goblins, it is almost time for hunters to arrive. Those of you who manage hunting leases and should any of you hunters arrive early you might want to read this story very closely.
  • by Bob Bowman
  • by Bob Bowman
  • by Bob Bowman
    It’s time to put the ghosts into a new book. If you have a favorite story, here’s your chance to see it in print, whether you beleive it or not...
  • by C. F. Eckhardt
    Even if you see a ghost, you may not realize at once what you’ve seen. I know. It happened to me...
  • by Bob Bowman
    So, you don’t believe in ghosts? Well, read on and we may make a believer of you...
  • by C. F. Eckhardt
    "To set the La Llorona story straight once & for all. I've been digging into La Llorona for nearly forty years. This article pretty much sums up what I've found."
  • by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Many versions of the tragedy of La Llorona (Weeping Woman) exist, but the basic premise is the same...
  • by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
    I grew up in Las Cruces, NM which is near the Rio Grande. I often head stories about people who had seen and heard La Llorona...
  • by Bob Bowman
    Bone Hill, a landmark standing about four miles northeast of Center, reportedly got its name from a herd of cattle who died atop the mill, leaving their bones to whiten in the East Texas sun. But, as with all legends, there’s more to the story...
  • by Murray Montgomery
    To the cowboys who rode the range in West Texas during the [1890s] there was one longhorn steer that was always an object of dread. He was a big, white fellow with “Murder 1889” branded in huge letters on his left side. His appearance among their herds brought a chill of terror to the superstitious...
  • by C. F. Eckhardt
    Josiah Wilbarger's Ordeal - Scalped Alive on Onion Creek
  • by C. F. Eckhardt
    "Stampede Mesa was-and may still be-one of the most thoroughly haunted places in Texas."
  • by W. T. Block Jr.
    "...That's the old Olive ghost train and it makes one round trip every Halloween Eve..."
  • by C.F. Eckhardt
    "... John wasn't the only person who'd seen Lackey trying to hitch a ride north toward Johnson City. A lot of people were aware of him. Truckers don't like to drive that stretch on fall nights..."
  • by W. T. Block ("Cannonball's Tales")
    "I already foresee that some character will accuse me of stealing this yarn from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but I'm going to tell it anyway. The anniversary of the Battle of Sabine Pass is almost here, and if I don't repeat it once more, the story might be lost to posterity for all time..."
  • by C. F. Eckhardt
    Seguin's Headless Ghost
  • by Mitchel Whitington,
    Excerpted from "Ghosts of East Texas and the Pineywoods", 23 House, 2005
  • by Sandy Williams Driver, from "Haunted Encounters: Departed Family and Friends"
  • by Bob Hopkins
    "The story of the McDow ghost became very popular by the end of the 19th century ... many people would come to the water hole hoping to get a glimpse of the specter." "With so many sightings over so many years coupled with documented sightings of those who died there, it is obvious that this story far exceeds the status of mere myth or urban legend."

  • by Stephen Osmon
    Town ghosts of Evanesce, Texas; and Coyotes’ Story of the Great Spirit.
  • by Clay Coppedge
    "Despite Johnny Horton's wild-at-heart looks and voice, he was a man haunted for years by ominous premonitions of his own death. He often promised those close to him he would contact them from beyond the grave."
  • by Bob Bowman
    For longer than anyone can remember, the story of “the lady in blue” has existed on the fringes of East Texas history and religion.
  • by George Lester
  • by George Lester
  • by George Lester
  • by Bob Bowman
    The ghost of Bouton Lake, resident ghost in Lady Bird Johnson's family home at Karnack, phantom of the opera in Nacogdoches, Diamond Bessie in the Excelsior House, and more ghosts in East Texas cemeteries.
  • by Bob Bowman
    "Does the lantern of a headless brakeman haunt Hardin County's Ghost Road?..."
  • by Raoul Hashimoto
  • by Murray Montgomery
  • by Mike Cox
Ghosts Elsewhere

  • by Ken Rudine
    Ken and Yvonne Rudine recently toured forty-two lighthouses along the shores of Lake Michigan. Like many places where mortals spend a lot of time lighthouses are frequently thought to be haunted. This is one such case.
  • by W. T. Block ("Cannonball's Tales")
    "... It was the story of 200 starving African slaves abandoned on a marsh ridge on Mermentau River, where they were left to die horrific deaths..."
  • by Loyd Auerbach
    from "A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium", Atriad Press, 2005
  • by James L. Choron
    A Russian ghost story
  • by James L. Choron
    "This isn't a "Texas" story, but it's one that I think Texans will identify with. A "different kind of war story", it's one of the saddest, but most heroic paranormal cases I've ever dealt with."
About ghosts, spirits, legendary creatures, superstitions, UFOs... & Halloween Traditions
  • by Maggie Van Ostrand 10-8-18
  • by Mike Cox
  • by David Knape
  • by Michael Barr
  • by Mike Cox
  • by Mike Cox
  • by Clay Coppedge
    Aurora Spaceship, Big Foot....
  • by Mike Cox
  • by Ken Rudine
  • by Maggie Van Ostrand 10-25-13
    On Halloween I usually conjure up run-of-the-mill ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to scare little kids away so I don't have to share my candy with them. This year, I've decided to actually contact a dead celebrity instead, to find out how they're enjoying their afterlife life...
  • by C. F. Eckhardt
    "When I got outside the hounds had the house surrounded. I could hear them baying in chase all around me. I could see nothing. There was no movement in the grass, no shadows among the trees. The brilliant moon showed a tranquil landscape—but all around me were the sounds of hounds in chase..."
  • by Bob Bowman
    In early East Texas, the death of a family member or friend was a serious event surrounded by traditional rituals, a lengthy period of mourning and widespread respect for the deceased. Death was also accompanied by a variety of superstitions, some of which are still respected in the homes of our grandparents.
  • by Mike Cox
    For as long as mankind has had the ability to tell and pass along stories, springs and wells have provided a free-flowing source of legend and lore...
bear king
  • by Mike Cox
    If something’s printed in a newspaper, it’s got to be true, right? Good. Now consider the amazing story of Miss Ramie Arland...
Dowsing
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Some call it science others call it supernatural. Call it what you will, dowsing has proven to be an effective method that has been used for centuries to find underground objects of interest...
Bigfoot
  • by Dana Goolsby
    East Texas is home to many creatures of the night that humans fear, and occasionally claim to encounter. East Texas has given way to Bigfoot sightings, alien encounters, and close calls with blood–sucking creatures.
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Thunder in January means more than rumbling in the sky to many East Texans. For many, many years East Texans have been predicting the weather by trying to make heads or tails of signs from Mother Nature.
  • by Dana Goolsby 8-19-11
    Legends of black cats run deeper than a little superstition in East Texas. Sightings of mysterious black panthers that scream like women in the pine jungles are not at all uncommon in the Pineywoods...
  • by Gary Humphreys
    The story begins on the Chickamauga River in Georgia. John Dent was a trapper working with his partner, Will Marlo...
  • by Gary Humphreys
    This is a true story told to me by my mother, during the fifties……
  • by Dana Goolsby
    Folklore reveals that superstitions about cutting persimmon trees may help cure warts, cancer and even predict weather, even Texas weather.
  • by Mike Cox
    The monster showed up in the Gulf of Mexico off the small fishing village of Port Isabel in the summer of 1938. That Aug. 10, in a short article buried on a back page, the Brownsville Herald devoted five paragraphs to “the sea monster that is attracting so much attention in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”...
  • by Ken Rudine
  • by Bob Bowman
    For years, people have claimed sightings of a large, human-like creature in the thick woods of East Texas...
  • by Mike Cox
    When the boy returned home that day he told his parents a story as horrifying as it was unbelievable.
  • by Delbert Trew
  • by C. F. Eckhardt
    In 1896 and 1897 what had to be a lighter-than-air craft—a dirigible—was seen by credible witnesses in California, Oregon, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, what became Oklahoma ten years later, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio...
  • by Bob Bowman
    Mysterious objects supposedly visiting Texas aren’t new. In the late 1800s, several towns in East Texas experienced aerial phenomena.
  • by Mike Cox
    The January UFO sightings in Stephenville gave the national news media a brief respite from politics and conferred on the town millions of dollars in free advertising, but the Erath County incident isn’t the Lone Star State’s first rodeo when it comes to mysterious objects in the sky.
  • C. F. Eckhardt
    The words ‘wampus cat’ usually denote a mythical bugbear or bugaboo used to scare small children and the incredibly credulous. However, for a period of about forty years—the 1920s through the mid-1950s—at least in certain parts of Texas, a ‘wampus cat’ was something very real...
  • by Mike Cox
    Does a zoologically unknown, blood-sucking creature prowl the South Texas mesquite?
  • by C. F. Eckhardt
    In the news over the past several years there has been a rash of ‘mysterious’ deaths of livestock, most notably cattle. Apparently the animals have been sucked dry of blood, as a general rule the genitals have been cut out, apparently surgically, the eyes are usually gone, often the tongue is gone, and the rectum has been removed. These have been blamed on everything from UFOs to Satanic cults. Apparently, they are the result of neither...
  • by Clay Coppedge
    I've seen some weird things. But I never saw the Lubbock Lights. They came along a couple of years before I was born, in 1951. As far as I know, which isn't very far, they haven't returned but their mystery and the legend surrounding the lights has never quite gone away...
  • C. F. Eckhardt
    "...We headed for that light. It was slow going, but we made progress-but when we got to it, there was no house. There was just a glowing ball of light, maybe a foot or a foot and a half across, in the branches of a little tree..."
  • by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Not only is Halloween right around the October corner, but this week has a Friday the 13th in it. If that's not enough to get your hackles raised, it's time to reconsider the Bridey Murphy Syndrome...
  • by Maggie Van Ostrand
    "...Is the fear of Friday the 13th based on the fear of the number thirteen itself?... Who were the three scariest guys to be born on Friday the 13th?..."
  • by Delbert Trew
    When I began asking friends about this subject I learned many early-day superstitions are alive and well today.
  • by W. T. Block, Jr.
    It was July of 1901 in Beaumont, and the frenzy of oil excitement rushed on unabated... In the midst of all the oil madness, there emerged one of the strangest tales ever to unfold in the "sawdust city," the case of Beaumont's missing corpse that had turned to stone...
  • by Maggie Van Ostrand
  • by Maggie Van Ostrand
    "...Who will be the Main Dead Person of 2005?
    We nominate the still-great-though-dead Frida Kahlo..."

  • Columbus City Cemetery Tour
    "Just because some of the more interesting people in Columbus happen to be dead doesn't mean you can't get to know them."
  • by Murray Montgomery
    "The Navidad isn’t really much of a river, as rivers go – it’s not very famous and can’t be compared to the stunning Guadalupe or majestic Colorado, when it comes to beauty. But the little old Navidad just might have a claim to fame that the others can’t equal. You see, the Navidad has a past of mysterious and wild creatures, of the two-legged variety, living along its winding path..."
  • by Mike Cox
    The Punkin Center Phenomenon, and the old Irish folktale about Jack-O’-Lantern, the enduring symbol of Halloween.
  • by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
  • by Mike Cox
    "Lechuzas have been scaring people in Mexico and South Texas for a long time. ... Lechuzas are witches - brujas - who transform themselves into birds...."
  • by Bob Bowman
    Ghosts, witches, graves, black cats, Halloween, Friday the 13th...
    "Never slam a door. You might hurt a ghost, who'll haunt you for the rest of your life."
  • by Clay Coppedge
    The principle set for the sequel to the movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
Ghost Forum
  • "Carter may be a ghost - but it isn't dead."
    - Tarrant County Investigators of the Paranormal, June 13, 2006
  • Subject: Haunting in
    I am seeking your help in locating information. As a former long-time resident of San Antonio, I am familiar with many of the local legends about ghosts and the like. I know all about the "haunted" train tracks, and the optical illusion responsible for the phenomenon, I remember tales of Midget Mansion (actually hiked up that way a time or two), and I have heard fascinating, and rather scary, stories of the ghostly activities in the old Hertzberg Circus Museum. More specifically, I have heard tales of what occured in the basement, used at least at the time by the library for storage. The mother of a personal friend of my brother actually worked in that basement, and had her own stories to tell. Cases of a man in dark/black clothing, often very threatening, books moving, being "grabbed" by nothing visible, and more. While looking around online for these old stories, I found many of them, but can locate nothing on the circus/library building. I did visit the museum there once, and only once, and was rather uncomfortable, for lack of a better word, the entire time. I am hoping that you might have some information on this "haunting". Thank you. - Deborah Fisher, May 25, 2006
  • or Under the Overpass at Alice -Melisa Sammons
  • Houston Ghost
    Hello, I question why not one of your featured writers of ghost articles has failed to investigate downtown `s most noted haunting... "The Old Downtown Houston Library" rumor has it that an old caretaker lived in the basement of that building with his dog... this caretaker loved to play his violin (fiddle) after hours.... He no longer is alive.... but the tunes he played can still be heard softly coming from the basement... this story was reported 20 maybe 25 years ago.... I have not heard anything of it since.. however I did see it featured on a TV program, but i don't recall which.. Could have been "Unsolved Mysteries"..... but I may be wrong........If you go to the old Library... they won't let you down into the basement if your only a visitor... but I think that someone with credentials can surely gain access.. And write a story that needs to be told. Thanks for this website, its GREAT!!! - Chris M Bird, August 10, 2005

  • Shannan Yarbrough, Fredericksburg Chamber Assistant, March 11, 2005
  • My wife and I live in Mission, Tx. One time we heard a story that there was a chapel that was haunted. Now this place is located about three miles south of Mission in a town called Madero. One night my wife, a couple of friends from Houston and I decided to go and see if this was true. It was around 11 p.m. when we got there and saw this big chapel with a balcony. The gates were closed and it look like it has been abandoned for a while. The first thing we saw was a man standing in the balcony with his arms wide open. We all got scared and quickly started to drive off. Suddenly a very big noise came about and we saw a light flashing in our windshield. We really had never believed in ghosts, but this was something very special. - R Reyna, March 14, 2003
  • I was born and raised in Beaumont and heard many stories about the .... A friend of mine once told me that her car was actually attacked and dented by an unseen force when she was in Saratoga. .... On a double-date, I was taken out there late at night, but nothing occurred. ... I would like to know more of the story (legend), whether it be true or not. ... - Thank you, Rhoda W., January 02, 2002
Related Topics:
  • - Abandoned, deserted, forgotten towns
  • - Historic cemeteries, graves, tombstones and more
  • - Texas murders, disasters, etc.
  • - Hanging trees, etc.
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