Post by Joanna on Oct 7, 2013 23:09:32 GMT -5
Most haunted in Texas
If you love ghosts, you may love the Lone Star State. Texas seems full of paranormal activity. Here are a few of the most popular ghostly sites:
The Spaghetti Warehouse (Houston). Houston’s Spaghetti Warehouse on Commerce Street in downtown is said to house more than a few paranormal spirits. Employees have reported strange sightings on the building’s second floor, such as table arrangements randomly changing.
The Alamo (San Antonio). Shortly after the battle of The Alamo, people started to make claims that the site was haunted by soldiers who died in battle and the reports continue to this day.
La Carafe (Houston). Pictured above, this is one of the oldest bars in Houston and visitors have reported seeing a large black male ghost.
Hotel Galvez and Spa (Galveston). Galveston is rumored to have the most haunted locations in the state, one being the Hotel Galvez and Spa. Room 505, as well as the entire fifth floor, is supposedly brimming of paranormal activity.
Magnolia Cemetery (Katy). The story goes that a witch was buried in the cemetery decades ago and, apparently, at one time, a huge sphere was attached to the grave's monument (pictured above). Whoever read the inscription and looked away, then back, would not only have bad luck, but the sphere would have supposedly vanished. Local authorities allegedly removed the sphere years ago.
Elder Street Artist Lofts (Houston). The history of this site alone is enough to give anyone the creeps. The building at 1101 Elder Street was once the Jefferson Davis Hospital, which housed a psychiatric ward. Needless to say, people have reported weird sightings and experiences in the lofts.
Cy-Springs High School (Cypress). The spirit of a dead construction, who was killed during the building of Cy-Springs High School haunts the school.
Victoria’s Black Swan Inn (San Antonio). This wedding venue is reportedly haunted by ghosts that move dolls about, play eerie music and open doors.
Kerr County Courthouse (Kerrville). The grounds are allegedly haunted by a man and woman. The woman was murdered by her boyfriend, who subsequently hanged himself outside the courthouse.
Patterson Road Bridge (Harris County). Patterson Road runs between Eldridge Road and Highway 6, and the legend is that if you park your car on the bridge at night, you will hear “tapping” sounds. Many believe the ghost (or ghosts) haunting the bridge are the spirits of Civil War soldiers lingering from a battle that occurred near the site.
McNay Art Museum (San Antonio). The museum’s west wing is said to be haunted by a woman who lived at a home that once stood on the site. Many have reported phantom humming and some have even seen the apparition.
Miss Molly’s Hotel (Fort Worth). A bordello was once operated on the property and it is reportedly haunted by ghosts from that era. The spirit of a cowboy has been seen in the hotel’s “Cowboy Room” and the wraith of a young girl (believed to be the illegitimate child of lady of the evening who worked in the brothel) haunts Room 3 (pictured above).
Littlefield House (Austin). The mansion is said to be haunted by Alice Littlefield, the original mistress of the house, who seldom left the confines of her home in later years. She is said to roam the halls of the mansion at night and will occasionally play the piano.
Catfish Plantation (Waxahachie). This restaurant is located in what was once a historic home. Both patrons and staff have reported numerous unexplained activities. The ghosts have been known to flirt with women, brew a pot of coffee and cause fry baskets to levitate.
Source: Dan X. McGraw and Carrie Taylor, The Houston Chronicle, October 7, 2013.