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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The 3-Part History of the Luther Hotel

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The Luther Hotel in Palacios, Texas, has a unique three-part history. The uniqueness lies not in a series of stories defining its past, but in the fact that the hotel itself was divided into three sections in order to be moved from the eastern edge to the southern shore of this seaside resort town of Matagorda County.

The Three-Part History of the Luther Hotel (You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!)

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Constructed in 1903, the Luther Hotel was built using rare (by today’s standards), long-leaf yellow pine and cypress siding. It has endured a 1944 fire that damaged its top two floors and hurricanes, including Hurricane Carla in 1961, which was the worst one on record to have hit that part of the Texas Gulf coast. However, it has managed to continue in business with rooms that capture comfort and simplicity in a fashion that suits the era of our grandparents and great grandparents. It became a Texas historic landmark in 1965.

The Three-Part History of the Luther Hotel (You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!)

Harkening back to simpler times, the Luther Hotel also survived the mule-powered move across a one-half mile of Palacios, cut into three separate sections, to be reassembled and expanded with the care and craftsmanship that has helped it weather the storms of a century. Originally called the Bay View Hotel, it was later renamed the Hotel Palacios and, following that, the Luther Hotel . The original hotel was what is now the center section of the existing accommodations. During its move, the original chimney and porches were removed, and the existing east and west wings were added to the original building afterward, together with a 300-foot long porch known as the “Longest Front Porch in Texas.” A palatial finish for this Palacios hotel property was only fitting because it is in Texas after all.

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This historic Gulf Coast hotel could be just days from demolition

The Luther Hotel was built in 1903. The hotel was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1965 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 10, 2010.

The city of Palacios sits on the Texas Gulf Coast between Corpus Christi and Galveston. These days, it’s known primarily for shrimping and tourism. And for close to 120 years, the Luther Hotel has been a centerpiece for visitors and locals alike.

“It’s often called the jewel of the bay, and it’s one of the very, very few old vintage hotels left on the whole Texas Coast. It’s absolutely gorgeous,” said Margaret Doughty, a community volunteer with the Palacios Preservation Committee. “It used to have the longest porch in Texas. And we hope that with restoration that long porch will be restored and people can continue to look out over the bay.”

Right now, the preservation committee’s efforts are focused on trying to save the Luther Hotel . Though the hotel listed on the National Register and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, its future looks grim .

“A local Corpus Christi foundation, the Ed Rachal Foundation, has a contract to purchase the hotel on the terms and conditions that it will be demolished,” Doughty said. “The Texas Historic Commission has put a moratorium on it. It expires on Dec. 19. So we are trying to do all we can to save the hotel before that day.”

Doughty and the Palacios Preservation Committee are trying to convince the Ed Rachal Foundation to restore the current hotel instead of demolishing it to build a new one in its place.

“The Ed Rachal Foundation has done just enormous good work in our town, and we’re incredibly grateful to them,” Doughty said. “They’re working on an oyster hatchery on the bay, and that’s one of the reasons why they would like to purchase the Luther, because when they knock it down, they’d like to build an extended stay hotel that’s family friendly. And that’s what the Luther has been all her life.”

Doughty and others fighting for preservation say that with state and federal credits, restoration could make more financial sense than demolishing and rebuilding.

For her, the mission to save the Luther hotel is personal. It’s where she stayed the first time she came to Palacios 25 years ago. But, she says, there’s also financial gain to be had considering the huge interest in heritage tourism.

“Palacios is uniquely situated,” Doughty said. “We have Houston and Austin, San Antonio and Corpus in a sort of half circle all the way around us. We have a population of about 10 million people in terms of potential tourists to Palacios.”

Doughty said the contract with the Ed Rachal Foundation is not complete until the current owners actually demolish the hotel. So, in the meantime, her group is taking whatever action it can to prevent that. She said one solution would be to have the city of Palacios declare the hotel a historic landmark.

Along with the loss of this particular building, Doughty is concerned about the broader effects of the demolition of the Luther Hotel.

“This isn’t the only historic building in Palacios,” Doughty said. “There are 17 other historic buildings, three with National markers, and the rest with State markers. And if we lose the Luther, I don’t know whether we’ll be able to save all the rest of them.”

Doughty says those looking to get involved can sign the change.org petition or get in touch with stakeholders:

  • Ed Rachal Foundation
  • City of Palacios
  • State Sen. Joan Huffman

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Luther Hotel is like a trip back in time!

Do you like vacationing by the Gulf of Mexico without the large crowds? Do you like staying in a historical hotel? Do you enjoy personal touches by the owner/staff? Then the Luther Hotel in Palacios, Texas is a must destination. Jack, the owner, tells the delightful tale of the Luther and gives a guided tour. (Ask Jack about must see area destinations like the La Petite Belle and the buffet at the Hotel Blessing. We also found the local citizenry to be tourist friendly and very helpful.) We stayed in the corner front room with a full kitchen. I could see Lucille Ball in the kitchen cooking a meal in her dress and apron. No, it wasn't her ghost and she never stayed there, but it had that 40's feel. The bedroom was updated and very comfortable. Next time we might try the Magnolia or Presidential Rooms with the balcony access. This hotel has withstood many hurricanes, but might not be there if a Category 5 hit. Whatever room you choose, you'll be able to say, "I stayed at the beautiful, historic Luther Hotel in Palacios, Texas!" Wende B. More

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We had a wonderful visit at the Luther Hotel in February. Everything was done up for Valentines. The king bed in the Magnolia Room was really comfortable and the 1940's bathroom was really cool. We enjoyed the owner taking time to show us around the hotel and tell us some history. Next visit we will definitely stay in the Penthouse suite circa 1970. The view of the bay was gorgeous and the continental breakfast was a nice touch. We will be back and bring friends. Great place.

We stayed in the Magnolia room on a January weekend of 2014. We really enjoyed our stay. Can't say enough about how great the owner (Jack) was. He joined us on the front porch several times to just chat. The other hotel guests were friendly too. We stayed in the Magnolia room, and it was beautiful. The floors were the only part of the room that hadn't been renovated. Jack said he was debating on covering up those original floors from the early 1900's or leaving them as they are. We loved the room! The king sized bed was really comfortable. We loved the whole atmosphere of the hotel and plan on going back in March. . We didn't see any ghosts on this trip, but we plan on staying in the presidential suite when we return and hope to pick up on some ghost activity then. Can't wait to have that huge balcony and to enjoy our view of the pier. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

My husband and I stayed in the presidential suite for 2 nights. The view from the balcony was great. We enjoyed sitting out and watching the birds. We saw a Woodstork not far from the hotel. We liked walking on the boardwalk and the fishing pier. The rocking chairs on the front porch invite you to sit. The Luther hotel has a relaxing atmosphere and the owner Jack loves to talk about the history of the hotel. He is friendly and makes you feel right at home. Stepping into the hotel you are taken back in time. We are so glad we found this charming place and you will be too.

My daughter got a ghost detector kit from her daddy for Christmas and has been wanting to try it out. I don't know what you call all of the parts but she did pick up voices and when she gets back to Clyde, Texas the first week in August, she is going to clean it up and hook it to speakers where she can hear what is being said. The kitchen had a pillow in a box that kept giving her excellent readings in several areas of the room. She heard music at one point and construction workers and the year 1933. She will be sending this to Jack as soon as she can and we will be promoting the hotel to all who are interested in friendly spirits. I had the best time sitting on the front porch talking with Jack. It was like I was a little kid all over again asking questions about the Luther Hotel. The history is fantastic. The decor is the same as it would have been in the 40's with a few updates. I just loved it and I will definately stay again if I can get someone to stay with me. Jack brought his compressor out and Sheli filled my tire with air. I don't know of any establishments who would help you like this or even talk with you other than to take your money and that was without a smile. For a hundred bucks we got a king size bed which my daughter and granddaugher and I slept in and in the other part of the suite was a roll out couch bed with tv. There was a microwave and refrigerator. Also a coffeemaker but you had to supply all of that. The haunted kitchen where 5 army women cooked is attached to this room. Each room had its own air conditioning unit and that made it very nice. The dining room was really tiny like maybe the size of a formal dining room. It was very quaint and homey. Sheli wants to explore more of the hotel with her equipment. The registrar of guests who have stayed there since 1909 I think is just the bombs. I could go on and on and on but if I do no one else will get a chance to write here. Jack again I cannot thank you for your politeness and talking with us.

My son and I stayed here on our visit to Palacios. The owner was fantastic and really goes out of his way to ensure that you have a great stay. The other hotel guests were very friendly and even offered us some great fishing tips! Restaurants were within walking distance and the fishing piers/park was right across the street. It was nice to sit in the big rocking chairs out on the front porch with the breeze blowing. Our room had its own AC unit so it was nice and cold.

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The Luther Hotel is over 118 years old. It was constructed from long-leaf yellow pine and cypress siding, materials of a grade that are rare in today’s world. It has endured hurricanes, including Hurricane Carla (1961) which was the worst hurricane to hit this part of the Texas Gulf Coast. Our rooms capture the era of our parents and grandparents; comfort, simplicity, and cleanliness. Our guests appreciate the historic character of our hotel; it takes them back to simpler times.

Our rooms will accommodate from two to six persons, including a Penthouse with an outdoor roof patio. We have several named rooms: the Magnolia, the Ghost Room, the John Wayne Room, the Oriental Room. Twelve of our rooms have kitchens. Seven have living rooms.

We pride ourselves on the cleanliness and comfort of our Texas Treasure Hotel. We have a breakfast room with historical reading material on famous people who have been hotel guests.

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“ This time I brought my wife because I thought she'd like the old hotel with all it's history and nostalgia. ” in 4 reviews

William B.

“ Quiet, quiet, quiet, ... .. not the most glamorous, yet you will not be disappointed if you need a shower, nice bed, and plenty of room.... ” in 2 reviews

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“ this would be a WONDERFUL place to bring the kids as there's two large, very nice, play areas within view of the front porch ! ” in 4 reviews

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Phenomenal. I can't think of a better word. What a magnificent, historical, romantic place to be Valentine's weekend. The owner, Jack, is the sweetest man. It turned out our paycheck wouldn't be deposited until the middle of our stay and he let us come anyway with the trust we would pay when we got it! The lady, Diedra(sp?) is exceptionally nice as well. Neither of them have any problem sitting down with you and talking about the history of this building, all in which is SO interesting to learn. Let it be paranormal, past guests, famous cowboys or just interesting people like WWII soldiers. This place treats you like family. Everyone is so nice, some people staying here seem like regulars so there's always a nice quiet talk going on outside on the porch or in the dining room... last night I actually heard guests out there playing an acoustic guitar and another singing along over the sounds of waves!! Yes. Waves!!! The Bay is right across the street... this would be a WONDERFUL place to bring the kids as there's two large, very nice, play areas within view of the front porch! A big pier next to those and what looks like a boat docking station on the other side. Just beautiful. Quiet. Relaxing!!! The rates are outstanding for what you get here. Sure, you could spend a little extra and get a nice fancy place somewhere else, but here you have serenity and the opportunity to take a walk back in time, unlike any place I have ever been! Our original room, RM101, was very old country style. The kitchen didn't have a stove so Jack loaned me a toaster oven! I was able to cook a fine meal for my boyfriend (chicken parmesan!) using that and a pan from home, I cooked noodles on the hot plate :). I walked around taking pictures when I came across Diedra cleaning rooms, she let me take a look at one that wasn't occupied and it was SO nice!! For an additional $20 a night Jack let us upgrade to that one. It has a full fridge, stove, oven, living room, bigger bed. GET THIS ROOM IF YOU HAVE KIDS. for 3 nights we're spending very little over $300. The ONLY thing I wish was different would be the breakfast. It consists of cereal, toast, coffee, milk and juice. This place would be set even if they just offered some premade biscuits and canned gravy! You can buy biscuits in bulk and big cans of gravy could be heated up in the microwave, so easily done. Just a suggestion :). Even bagels and cream cheese... I don't know. I want FOOD, LOL. This isn't a big enough deal breaker for me to take a star away for though. Love love love this place. I can't seem to express that enough. Highly recommend.

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Do not except your run of the mill, fancy regular hotel. This hotel has been through both world wars. It is dated but it is extraordinary. It has personality and character. Super nice workers and great service. Clean and well taken care of. I thought it was wonderful staying in a historic hotel.

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I like staying there. Really like rooms with a kitchen and fridge and they have coffee in the rooms . Very convenient if you're going fishing on the Palacios 's pier. They are doing some small renovations so it makes it a little dusty I'm not gonna say anything bad about the hotel but whoever cleans the rooms doesn't really do a good job but I'm sure the management will figure that out . I do appreciate the clean towels. In the coffee in the room the beds do need mattress covers that would be a plus and it just makes me more comfortable

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You will either love this hotel because it's old (1903) or hate it because it's old. However, no one can fault its expansive grounds and location facing Matagorda Bay. It's flat beautiful. We love that you can walk across the street to the fishing pier and visit with locals or wet a line yourself. Or stroll the beach. Or sit on the front porch and drink your morning coffee or sundowner, or better yet visit with the cats on the back porch. It's old, it's funky, it's a great place to get a good nights sleep.

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I'll admit, if you're looking for something fancy this won't be the hotel for you. I ended up here when my dad and I drove to the gulf for some fishing on a whim. Located directly across from a lighted pier, this hotel was perfect for us. The building itself is a piece of history, having been built it 1903. We enjoyed learning about the history of the building and the area. In their breakfast room they provide notebooks full of historic news articles, old hotel records (back to 1905) and copies of correspondence between the hotel owners with LBJ (they were friends). When considering the hotel, the biggest thing to keep in mind is how old it is. I think most the negative reviews come from those who expected a typical run of the mill hotel. Despite this, the location is fantastic, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Rates were great too. Thanks for the hospitality, Luther Hotel!

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I am giving this a 5 star not because it's a fancy place but because the people here are amazing! Not just Jack the owner but all the guests too. When you come here be prepared. Get in the mind set that this is over 100 year old hotel. This is not the Hilton you are accustomed to. The rooms are clean. But they are not fancy. It's a beach side hotel and there for there is a lot of humidity. But the ac works great. The bathrooms are tiny but sufficient. Please come and enjoy the front porch! This place is fantAstic. We will be back and often!

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Random TV production stop brought our crew here - the hospitality was awesome and the BEST part about staying here was... dun dun duuuuuunnnnn The owner gave me two awesome yellow vintage victorian chairs. AHHHH!! What a steal! (hearts literally - literally - floated above my head) I'm about 50% done re-upholstering them and they are one of my most prized possessions... so do you think I'd stay here again? UM YEA! You don't get that type of hospitality at the Hilton!!

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My brother has this fascination with old hotels; he likes to hunt them out and arrange family gatherings at them, as often as he can manage. Sometimes this is all right, as at last Thanksgiving, when he arranged for us to stay at the Blackstone Hotel in Fort Worth. Then there are the ones like the Luther Hotel. The Luther is a huge, ramshackle beachfront hotel, an old-time summer resort built in 1902 that has survived many storms and one bodily relocation more or less intact. What hasn't happened to it is any kind of modernization. The general decor seems to be frozen somewhere around 1940, with some more recent furniture in the common areas, but little later than 1970. The second-floor hallway--three stories, no elevators--had balding *orange nearly-shag carpeting*, peeling back at the joins and just ripe to trip someone up. It's something like staying at your grandparents' house, which hasn't been redecorated since your parents were kids, and that your grandparents can't see well enough to realize everything in the house is threadbare and moth-eaten. Travel writers kindly call the hotel "unchanged" and "quaint;" with the injection of two or three million dollars' worth of remodeling and infrastructure updates it might aspire to quaint. My own impressions range from "dilapidated" and "shabby" to "firetrap," 'cos I sure didn't discover any fire escapes or other such essentials. The outside, in best seaside tradition, needs painting and has needed it for years. (People in coastal communities seem to have a love/hate relationship with paint; the love--and the paint--goes onto their boats and stuff that has to go in the water, and everything else gets left.) The hotel has thirty-eight rooms and suites; there's also a row of eight stuccoed motor-courts on the edge of the property, but they've been allowed to go down so far that they're now beyond repair, and the managers, an elderly couple who've run the place for some years, say they'll have to be torn down soon--although I think "soon" is probably being expressed in geological terms, and they'll actually fall down first, the way things in small towns do. We had what passes for a "suite," and I suppose it is, by fishing resort standards. It had one minuscule and one reasonable-sized bedroom, two airliner-size bathrooms that were carved out of the bedrooms, which is *why* our bedroom was tiny, a nearly full-size kitchen (with non-working range but working fridge), and a common entryway/"sitting room." I don't think there was a stick of furniture in our bedroom that dated later than World War II, the 1970s velveteen loveseat in the sitting area had an enormous rip in one arm that someone tried (and failed) to conceal with strategically placed pillows, and our bedstead was so wobbly that I went in hourly fear of it collapsing. Air conditioning was courtesy of window units which did, for a mercy, cool efficiently. Our room had a period ceiling fan--"period" meaning it has one speed, high. Our shower may have been the most ridiculous piece of the whole experience. Besides the hot and cold taps, there was an ordinary gate valve spliced into the pipe just behind the (leaky) shower head, and that was what actually controlled the water flow. It's handyman engineering--while it may do the job, it's not elegant and certainly not the best solution. Despite all this, the hotel was full for the July 4th weekend, and it seems to be one of those places people keep coming back to, perhaps for sentimental reasons. Guests actually talk to one another in the lobby and on the front porch--the hotel does have a two-story-tall front portico, complete with white-painted slat-back rocking chairs. The Luther must have some appeal that I'm missing, though; I can't see how anyone could possibly be staying here for the creature comforts. To cap the experience, there are no room phones, and damn sure no Net access.

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Panorama of hotel's front, shot from the boardwalk

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I have to agree with most of what Fortunatus said. But I have to say, I found the ambiance interesting and the hotel full of character. On the downside, the hotel overall smells musty and all the carpets are well worn and very dirty. I kept my socks on in the room and wished I had flip flops to wear in the tiny, tiny shower. The hot and cold faucet handles leaked and I got a quick hit of scalding water when I turned the shower off. I'm only 5'2" and was still cramped when using the toilet. There are rumors of a ghost in residence and I experienced two encounters that I won't go into here. It seems the hotel was a hot spot several decades ago and served as a vacation stop for the rich and famous. I enjoyed looking at the Rita Hayworth and Carole Landis photos from the 40's and imagining the times back then. I was in town for work and was booked here by a production company for a television pilot. I won't be going back on my own dime.

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Quiet, quiet, quiet, .....not the most glamorous, yet you will not be disappointed if you need a shower, nice bed, and plenty of room....I have stayed hwre the last two years for a couple of days at a time, you can't beat the price and or the stories this place has in its rich history.

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Founded and built by the brave Texas Rangers who fought for the state's independence, Seguin is a picturesque town with a chilling history. The defensive wall around the city is said to also keep souls from leaving. Locals whisper tales of a headless soldier roaming the streets at night, searching for his remains. The town square, now a hub of activity and commerce, once hosted public hangings and beatings. Lake McQueeny is known for its beauty, but a lost spirit wails along the shores to warn would-be drowning victims. Discover these and other stories from the shadows of Seguin's past with author Erin O. Wallace.

  The HAUNTED Magnolia Hotel is being featured on GHOST FILES (Formerly known as Buzzfeed Unsolved) September 22!!!​  

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(Microwave, Mini-Refrigerator, coffee maker and coffee supplies) * private restroom with a walk in shower

(complimentary toiletries, towels, hair dryer) * Central AC & Heat controlled by guest. 

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Side of the hotel along S Crockett St.  

you are given complete access to the entire 2800 sq ft, 16 room, second floor which DOES includes the unrestored side, if you dare!!

Just unlatch the door attached to the suite to enter. 

WARNING, the unrestored side of the second floor does NOT have electricity. There is NO air conditioning in the summer nor heat in the winter. It is also considered to be the most haunted area of the building. It's dusty, musty and spooky but it is your decision to enter of not. ​

Frequently asked questions About our AirBnB Suite: Can I bring outsiders to just view the suite while I am staying there? No.  Only the 1-4 registered guests are allowed inside. You will be charged $100 for any additional guests if allowed and then asked to leave.  Do you have a place to sit outside? Yes, we have a bench right outside your entrance door.   Do you have a pool, hot tub or exercise room on the property? No but you can enjoy a lovely walk to the park just across the street.  Can I have the entire second floor for my overnight stay? YES! Do I have to pay for the AirBnb suite to just have access to the other side? Yes Do you have WIFI? No, we want you just enjoy being off the grid.  Does my stay include a tour? We do offer our Guided Ghost Tours but only on select dates and tickets must be pre-purchased. One is not included in your overnight stay.  Is the Indian Raid shelter, backyard and your home open to overnight guests to view? 

No, your overnight stay is for the 2 bedroom, living room, non-working kitchen and private bathroom single suite only.  Plus the un-restored side! Is the price the same if I only have 1 person? Yes it is the same for 1, 2, 3 or 4 guests.  Is a child considered a guest? Yes, no matter what the age they are considered a guests.  Will I have to share my suite with a stranger? Only if you book the room with a stranger! The suite belongs to the person reserving the room and their guests.  Can I have a paranormal investigation in the suite during my overnight stay? Sure, you get the entire second floor! Can I make payments, layaway or installments for my overnight stay? We require a full nights stays as your deposit for your reservation so sorry, no. Do you guarantee I will see a ghost? Umm, no. But we do promise spooky! If I get scared can you come stay with me? Umm, double no. 

Are there things to do in Seguin? Yes, just google "Things to do in Seguin, Texas." The Historic Downtown District"s City Park across the street is gorgeous. It's worth the stroll over there.  Is your breakfast home cooked? We offer a continental breakfast of coffee, juice, water and prepackaged breakfast bars.  Can I bring my pet since it is very tiny, blind and deaf? Ok, that was a tough one but the rule s are "no pets."

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The stairs leading up to the suite.

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"John Doe's" Room with king size bed

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"Haunted New Braunfels"

Visitors claim to hear the clinking of tinsmith tools and the ring of an unattended antique cash register at all hours at Kickin' K, which formerly housed Henne's Hardware and tinsmith shop. In Landa Park, passersby have reported hearing phantom footsteps follow behind them in the evening. Strange and spooky stories like these abound in New Braunfels. From the city's rough-and-tumble beginnings to its vibrant present, haunted tales can be found all over town. Author Erin O. Wallace delves into the ghost stories and histories of New Braunfels and tries to find the source of the paranormal phenomena.

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It's summer and the unrestored side does not have air conditioning. It's gonna be hot so dress accordingly and bring bottled water. Your ticket purchase is a license to Enter at Your Own Risk and you Waive/Release any claim or injury liability to Magnolia Hotel Tours, Ghedi Properties LLC and James and Erin Ghedi. The hotel tour does go up a flight of stairs so please be aware of this. No children under 10 are allowed to participate (we speak of very spooky stuff). All children MUST be accompanied by an adult throughout the entire tour, so no drop offs. Although there is no videoing or audio recording allowed we encourage still pictures. Leave your purses and backpacks at home, it's a two hour tour and they get heavy. No food or alcoholic beverages, and no smoking allowed. We do recommend bringing bottle water. No noise making paranormal equipment allowed but YES bring those K2 meters along. Please mute your phone before entering, there's nothing worse that having a spirit come forward then someone's phone rings. Absolutely NO refunds and NO rescheduling for ANY reason (again, no matter what the reasons are). Tickets may though be transferred for the date purchased to another guest upon advance notification to the owners. Tours go on rain or shine. Save your alcohol drinking for after the tour please. Any intoxicated guests will be asked to leave. Just an FYI, the unrestored side of the tour does not have electricity, so it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Costumed people do not jump out at you on our tour. This is a history and paranormal experience not a Halloween spook show. Our spirits have been known to come forward sometimes to greet our guests, so keep this in mind. 

Next Guided Ghost Tour is October 27!

Check out these pictures of our gorgeous Bed and Breakfast

"Amelia's" Room with queen size bed

This is the self check-in door to the suite. 

Non-cooking kitchen area

Children's Play Time!

This is the children's room on the bottom floor. Watch as our sweet spirit, Emma twirls her way into the room. As she enters her favorite lady bug ball and her new REM pods begin to roll. Then she heads over to the dress in the corner making the hem raise. Watch in the left corner of the room when her guardian, Mrs. Read enters as a shadow figure to join her. 

We highly recommend reading Mysteries of the Magnolia Hotel written by the hotel's owner. She is a four time published paranormal author. Before taking the tour or staying overnight this book gives you a detailed account of the spirits who reside at the hotel and lots of history! 

Spirit Campbell checks out the NEW camera in his room!

​This video was captured in the 1840 portion of the hotel known as the "Smoke Room" where our spirit, Texas Ranger Campbell once lived. Watch as he enters the room and goes under the rocking chair then heads to the camera in the corner of his room. 


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Wander the Haunted Hotels of Texas

Written by catherine parker, hotels and resorts | north america | texas | travel | united states.

Get an unexpected delight with a stay at one of the haunted hotels of Texas. The best haunted hotels of San Antonio, Galveston, and Austin.

Boo! The haunting season lurks just around the shadowed corner. What better way to get a squeal or an unexpected delight than a stay at one of the haunted hotels in Texas—if you dare. Visit popular destinations such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Austin, and book a spooky room at a historic property for you and your beloved for a hair-raising good night.

The Alamo

The Alamo in San Antonio beckons visitors, both walking and floating, each night. Photo courtesy Pixabay

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Haunted San Antonio Hotels

As the top destination in Texas, San Antonio draws visitors year-round from the Lone Star State and beyond. Packed with equal parts history and tragedy, downtown San Antonio offers 400 years of historical intrigue from the hallowed grounds of The Alamo , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the hotels flanking its grounds.  

San Antonio is routinely ranked as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. and it is rumored that spirits linger at the downtown street corner sat night. In addition to haunted hotels in Texas, take a haunted walking tour of Downtown San Antonio with a guided ghostly tour, like Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour .  

The haunted Menger Hotel in San Antonio - Haunted hotels of Texas

The Menger Hotel has overlooked the Alamo Plaza since 1859. Photo courtesy Menger Hotel

The Haunted Menger Hotel

One of the oldest haunted hotels in Texas, The Menger Hotel , was built in 1859. First operated in a 50-room limestone building. The Victorian three-story lobby is an original detail though The Menger underwent a Neoclassical redesign in 1909, adding Corinthian columns and a leaded glass skylight.

In 1887, its legendary Menger Bar opened, a replica from a London club complete with carved cherrywood details and a mirrored back bar. It is here that Theodore Roosevelt recruited men for his Rough Riders between drinks in 1898.  

Over the years, bartenders swear Teddy Roosevelt still beckons them for a drink after the last earthly patron has departed. A former president gets the top ghost spot, though dozens of spirits have checked in over the years.  

Located at 204 Alamo Plaza, across the street from the Alamo.  Rooms from $150. 

The Menger Bar in a haunted hotel of Texas

Bartenders claim Teddy Roosevelt motions for a drink in this legendary bar. Photo courtesy Menger Hotel

The Sheraton Gunter Hotel

The corner of Houston St. and St. Mary’s has offered a hotel since the late 1830s. The Gunter Hotel opened in 1909 and was designed by a St. Louis architectural firm then went on to design the Hotel Galvez on Galveston Island.

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In the 1930s, a talent scout set up a recording studio in Room 414 for a young blues musician. Originally from the Mississippi Delta, Robert Johnson recorded 16 tracks over three days for a blues album. It was rumored that Johnson had traded his soul to the devil in exchange for his musical gifts. Under a cloud of mystery, he died tragically in 1938. In 1986, Johnson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Johnson’s influence over the blues and rock and roll genres earned him a posthumous Grammy Award as well.  

According to ghost hunters, the housekeepers at the Gunter clean the room in pairs and report the feeling of being watched.

Located at 205 E. Houston St. in San Antonio. Rooms from  $150.

Galveston Beach, home to haunted hotels in Texas

Galveston offers beachy days and haunted nights. Credit: Photo courtesy of Galveston CVB

Galveston’s Ghostly Past  

Down on the Texas Gulf Coast, Galveston shined like a beacon for industry and shipping over a hundred years ago. Then the sun went down on September 8, 1900. With little warning, the Hurricane of 1900 came ashore overnight. By dawn’s light, the survivors witnessed Galveston in piles of timber and brick rubble. An estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people perished in the hurricane, leaving a permanent scar on the island for a generation.  

Hotel Galvez in Galveston

The Hotel Galvez , constructed in 1911, replaced another popular hotel after a fire. The Galvez stands as a beacon of refinement ever since. Named after the city’s namesake, Bernardo de Galvez, it’s the Grand Dame of the Seawall.

The palm trees along its horseshoe drive sway in the Gulf of Mexico breezes. Inside the lobby, gracious appointments harken travelers to the golden age of travel. The Galvez Hotel tops the list for the best Sunday brunch in Texas.

The haunted Hotel Galvez in Galveston

The Hotel Galvez, constructed in 1911, features a palm-lined drive to welcome guests. Photo courtesy Galveston CVB

According to a local ghost hunter, the haunting of the Galvez is based on the Love Lorn Lady. She gazes, lovesick, from the Galvez for her fiancé, who was lost at sea.  

Located at 2024 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston. Rooms start from $200.

The Tremont House in Galveston

The current Tremont House is the third reincarnation of The Tremont House . This parcel of land is rumored to be the most haunted in Galveston. The first Tremont opened in 1839. The current hotel opened in the restored Leon and H. Blum building in 1985.

The Tremont House, a haunted hotel in Texas

The third incarnation of the hotel, The Tremont House resides in The Strand Historic District. Photo courtesy of Galveston CVB

The Tremont House is in the historic Strand and features a popular rooftop bar. It is a favorite among cruisers leaving the Port of Galveston.

According to local ghost hunters, the Tremont House is haunted by a mischievous young prankster named Jimmy. Jimmy often plays tricks by moving objects. If you knock on the elevator door, Jimmy might knock back.  

Located at 2300 Ships Mechanic Row in Galveston. Rooms start from  $190.

Capital of Texas Ghosts

The legislature isn’t the only body of questionable intention in Austin . Over the years, spirits have held court in several downtown hotels.

Texas state capital building in Austin, Texas

Explore Austin, the capital city of Texas. Photo courtesy of Pixabay

The Driskill Hotel

Col. Jesse Driskill, a cattle rancher, built The Driskill Hotel in 1886 with the goal of owning the finest hotel south of St. Louis. He sold the property after getting a double down with a drought and a harsh winter.

The haunted Driskill Hotel

The Driskill Hotel is the oldest operating hotel in Austin and offers grand interiors. Photo courtesy of Visit Austin

Allegedly the Colonel himself haunts the halls. When he takes a ghoulish break, a pair of brides besiege the bridal suite. The grand staircase has a playful ghost, long gone after falling down the stairs chasing a ball. Room 525 and the fourth floor allegedly harbor the most paranormal activity, according to ghost hunters.

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The historic Driskill Hotel was built in 1886 and is located on Brazos Street in downtown Austin. Photo by Raul Rodriquez via iStock by Getty Images

With spirits whiffing on the breezes of the Driskill, it hosted the Texas Governor’s Inauguration for decades.

Located at 604 Brazos St. at Sixth St. in Austin. Rooms start at  $250.

Omni Hotel Austin  

Most think historic hotels are the only ones to harbor lost souls. Yet newer properties can be the forever home for disembodied spirits.   Located downtown, The Omni Hotel Austin is a modern glass tower with 400 rooms and one lingering ghost.  

Rumor has it, a traveling salesman checked into the Omni Hotel after an endless day. At a low point, he took to the bottle then called his soon-to-be ex-wife. Unable to cope, he leaped out of his room. His spirit bounced up and walked back into the hotel to stay for eternity, adding one more haunted hotel in Texas. Located at 700 San Jacinto in Austin. Rooms start at  $190.

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With fall comes the haunting season. There’s no better way to spend an evening or a weekend with that special someone than to walk through the pages of the past—with a ghost or two along for the ride. These are just a few of the best haunted hotels of Texas, each offering a touch of luxury for your body—and your soul.  Explore more haunted hotels with Wander With Wonder and discover more things to see and do in Texas.

Boo! With Halloween on the horizon, the haunting season lurks just around the shadowed corner. What better way to get a squeal or an unexpected delight than a stay at one of the haunted hotels in Texas—if you dare. Visit popular destinations such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Austin, and book a spooky room at a historic property for you and your beloved for a hair-raising good night. Each luxury haunted hotel offers a touch of luxury for your body—and your soul.

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As local travel experts, we know what travelers are looking for when it comes to finding the perfect accommodations for their next trip. To compile our lists, we scour the internet to find properties with excellent ratings and reviews, desirable amenities, nearby attractions, and that something special that makes a destination worthy of traveling for.

Tired of staying at ordinary hotels? Well, never fear (or maybe you should), because we have compiled a list of some of the most haunted hotels in Texas that are sure to give you an interesting stay full of unexplained noises, eerie voices, and other frightful occurrences. The following 13 hotels are some of the most bone-chilling, spooky, terrifying places you will ever stay. So, if you love all things paranormal and haunted or ever searched for “haunted hotels near me,” these are definitely your cup of tea.

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What are the most haunted places in Texas?

The Lone Star State has played host to countless ghost stories, paranormal encounters, and supernatural sensations for generations. We’ve covered the many haunted hotels in Texas, but if you really want to experience a paranormal hotspot, you’ve got to make your way to Marfa. Now, Marfa is a different type of energy... think less about ghosts and spirits and more along the lines of UFOs, aliens, and the unknown. Marfa is famous for the Marfa Lights, a mysterious phenomenon that no one can explain. Aside from the Marfa Lights, here are some more haunted places in Texas that will send shivers down your spine.

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  • La Carafe, Houston
  • Presidio La Bahia, Goliad
  • Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells
  • Spaghetti Warehouse, Houston
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  • Granbury Opera House, Granbury
  • Bragg Road Ghost Lights, Saratoga
  • Elder Street Artist Lofts - Houston
  • Concordia Cemetery , El Paso

Be sure to read our previous article with more information about these haunted places in Texas .

Can I visit any abandoned places in Texas?

Before we tell you about these places, we’d like to take a moment to remind you that many abandoned places in Texas are not open to the public, and trespassing is illegal. We don’t want anyone getting in trouble with the law, or worse, ending up in the hospital. That being said, one of the most famous abandoned places is located right in Houston, and that’s the Palace of the Golden Orbs. You can’t miss that giant golden orb from the street, but just remember to only view it from the street. Once you’ve seen the Golden Orb, you can always take this road trip in Texas that’ll take you to some of the most hauntingly beautiful abandoned places in Texas.

What are the creepiest cemeteries in Texas?

There are several allegedly haunted cemeteries in Texas , each one with a more frightening tale than the next. If you’re in the Huntsville area, check out Oakwood Cemetery . Dating back to 1846, there’s a particular grave that tends to be a paranormal hotspot, and that’s the grave of five-year-old Rawley Rather Powell. Legend has it that the bronze statue of Jesus that’s above his grave will move on its own. Not only that, but his eyes will follow you around the grave, a gentle (but creepy) reminder to you that you are not alone.

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The 17 Most Haunted Places in Texas

Deep in the heart of the Lone Star State, where everything is bigger and bolder, ghost stories are no exception!

Texas, affectionately known as the “Big T,” is teeming with spine-chilling tales and eerie locales that will leave you quaking in your cowboy boots.

So, saddle up and join us as we explore the 17 most haunted places in Texas – where the paranormal activity is as big as the state itself! With the vastness of Texas and the sheer volume of hair-raising haunts, we’ve decided to wrangle these spooky spots by region.

Simply mosey on over to the buttons below to navigate through the different areas of Texas, and prepare to be spooked. Because when it comes to the most haunted places in Texas, we ain’t foolin’ around, partner!

Haunted Places in East Texas

1. historic bowers mansion, palestine.

The Haunted Historic Bowers Mansion, Palestine TX

The Historic Bowers Mansion in Palestine , Texas, is a 140-year-old Victorian masterpiece, standing proudly as a Texas Historic Landmark. Just a stone’s throw away from downtown Palestine, this beautiful mansion harbors a dark past, shrouded in death, murder, and suicide.

In the 1950s, tragedy struck when the then-owner, Mr. Bowers, murdered his wife Mary. As police approached the home, Mr. Bowers took his own life. Locals believe that the spirits of the tormented couple, along with others who met their untimely end at the mansion, still haunt the premises.

Until recently, no paranormal group had been granted access to investigate this infamous location.

Now, Haunted Rooms America offers you the chance to uncover the secrets lurking within the Bowers Mansion. You’ll delve into the history, learn about the ghosts that haunt the site, and explore this immense, haunted location.

2. Jefferson Hotel

124 w austin st, jefferson, tx 75657.

The Haunted Jefferson Hotel in Jefferson TX

The entire town of Jefferson seems to be rife with paranormal activity, but one of the particular hotspots here is The Jefferson Hotel. It is not only one of the most haunted hotels in Texas , but it is also thought to be one of the most haunted hotels in America .

Ghosts here have a bit of a mean, or maybe just mischievous streak, as they are known to throw things at the guests and even lock them in their rooms! However, that is only the beginning!

Other reports of paranormal activity include knocking on the walls in the middle of the night, footsteps running down the hall, children laughing, disembodied voices, and strange shadows. Considering people regard Jefferson as the most haunted town in Texas, the Jefferson Hotel is certainly worth a visit.

Learn more about the haunted Jefferson Hotel, Jefferson Texas

3. The Grove

405 moseley st, jefferson, tx 75657.

The Haunted Grove in Jefferson TX

Originally built in 1861 as a private residence for Frank and Minerva Stilley, The Grove stands to this day pretty much as it did back then. Over the years it has gained quite a reputation, with many people regarding it as one of the most haunted houses in the Lone Star State.

It’s reportedly haunted by many spirits including a glowing white figure, believed to be the ghosts of the former owner Minerva Stilley. The Victims of the infamous Reconstrucion-era murders are said to haunt here too. In addition there have been many reports dating back over 100 years of paranormal activity in the house.

Learn more about the haunted Grove, Jefferson Texas

4. Bragg Road

Bragg Road Saratoga TX

Bragg Road, in Saratoga – perhaps the most well known of haunted roads in Texas. If you ask pretty much anyone in East Texas they will tell you the legend associated with Bragg Road.

The reports say that most nights you can see a flickering light in the distance as you drive down the old logging road. Known by locals as the Ghost Road Light (aka Big Thicket Light, Saratoga Light, and Bragg Road Light).

It is said that this is actually light coming from the lantern of a railroad worker who is still searching for his head after being decapitated by a train!

Other East Texas haunted places:

  • Most haunted places in Tyler, TX

Haunted Places in Central Texas

5. the magnolia hotel, 203 s crockett st, seguin, tx 78748.

The Haunted Magnolia Hotel in Seguin TX

Built in 1840, the Magnolia Hotel in Seguin is believed to be one of the most haunted hotels in Texas. Haunted by at least 13 spirits, the hotel is home to a wide array of paranormal occurrences. After restoration in 2013, activity apparently exploded, with common experiences such as doors slamming shut by unseen hands, unexplained shapes and figures appearing in photos, furniture moving on its own, disembodied voices, phantom footsteps, and more.

The hotel is constantly in demand by paranormal experts and ghost hunters nationwide. Having been featured on TV shows such as Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, Discovery Channel’s When Ghosts Attack, and Destination America’s Ghost Brother’s, it’s reputation as one of the most haunted locations in America continues to grow.

6. Littlefield House

302 w 24th st, austin, tx 78712.

The Haunted Littlefield House

The Littlefield Home looks like a beautiful fairy castle, but don’t let that fool you, it is reportedly one of the most haunted houses in Texas .

It is said to be haunted by Alice Littlefield, the former mistress of the house. It is said that she was insane and that she rarely left the house while she was alive, so it makes perfect sense that she has stuck around after her death.

She is often seen wandering around upstairs and people have also heard her playing the piano.

7. The Driskill

604 brazos st, austin, tx 78701.

The Haunted Driskill, Austin TX

Built in 1886 by Colonel Jesse Driskill, the now historic downtown Austin landmark is apparently home to its former owner. His presence making itself known to staff and guests by the unexplainable cigar smell coming from empty rooms.

As well as Driskill himself haunting the hotel, it is also home to the spirits of two brides who reportedly committed suicide in room 525, twenty years apart. Their presence is often felt in the room with an unneasy feeling and guests becoming overcome with sadness.

The apparition of a small girl holding flowers has also been seen throughout the hotel, mainly on the stairs but also in many other common areas.

Learn more about the haunted Driskill Hotel

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Haunted places in NORTH TEXAS

8. baker hotel, 200 e hubbard st, mineral wells, tx 76067.

The Haunted Baker Hotel & Spa, Mineral Wells TX

The Baker Hotel is currently closed (undergoing renovation), but the hauntings began long before the doors closed.

There are two main spirits that are blamed for the paranormal activity that is reported here and both have been spotted on a number of occasions.

The first is the ghost of a bloody nude woman up on the seventh floor who many people have suggested could be the mistress of the one-time manager of the hotel who is said to have jumped to her death from the balcony when she was no longer able to cope with the emotional turmoil that the affair caused.

The other spirit is apparently the ghost of a man who was killed when he was caught in the elevator door.

Read more about the haunted Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells TX

9. Haunted Hill House

501 ne 1st st, mineral wells, tx 76067.

Haunted Hill House, Mineral Wells TX

If you’re looking for evidence of the paranormal, then the sheer number and variety of the reports emanating from this house will leave you astounded. EVP’s are commonplace, the dark figure of a man known as the shadow man is also another common sighting.

The most unsettling of all the happenings here, however, is the sheer number of physical attacks people have reported – from being scratched and pushed, to even being bitten!

Simply put, this is one of the most haunted houses in Texas! If you want to experience a truly haunted location then this is it!

Many people have been so freaked out by the paranormal activity here, they’ve run out of the building never to return!

10. Old White Sanitarium

508 olen st, wichita falls, tx 76301.

White Sanitarium Wichita Falls

If you are a fan of the paranormal, then you already know that there are few things that are scarier than a creepy old abandoned asylum!

The White Sanitarium in Wichita Falls, Texas is certainly no exception to that rule. It has long been rumored that some very strange experiments conducted inside the asylum which could be the reason why it has become so haunted.

People who have visited the property say that they have heard screaming children, seen lights go on and off and even seen some ghosts sitting playing cards!

Apparently, the building has been purchased by a private individual who now lives there – what a brave soul! When it comes to real haunted houses in Texas, there’s surely none that can say they were once a haunted asylum too!

11. White Rock Lake, Dallas

white rock lake ghost hunt

White Rock Lake in Dallas has a chilling history that whispers of ghostly encounters, particularly with the infamous Lady of the Lake.

This local legend has endured for generations, with many claiming to have seen her and even offered her a fateful ride. The lake’s dark past includes numerous murders and body dumps, with two suicides in 1935 and 1942 potentially linked to the mysterious lady’s identity.

The first sightings of the Lady of White Rock Lake date back to the 1930s, predominantly reported by local high school students.

Anne Clark, a local writer, published an account in 1943 of a young couple encountering the lady before she disappeared during their attempt to drive her home. Over the decades, similar stories have emerged, keeping this eerie legend alive.

See also: Haunted Hotels in Dallas Forth Worth

Though the authenticity of these tales is often debated, some reliable and trustworthy individuals have shared their personal experiences.

The Lady of White Rock Lake remains a spectral figure of Dallas’s past, refusing to fade away. Ghost hunts and events are available those brave enough to venture around the lake at night.

Haunted Places in West Texas

12. de soto hotel, 309 e mills ave, el paso, tx 79901.

The Haunted De Soto Hotel, El Paso

With a history dating back more than a hundred years, the De Soto has welcomed thousands of guests and staff over the years. Some of whom have chosen to stay behind after death.

Some of the reports eminating from this inconspicuous old building are rather terrifying. Common occurences include but aren’t limited to people being bitten, scratched, and touched in various rooms and areas around the hotel.

Paranormal investigators have captured many pieces of evidence on past investigations, documenting scratches and bite marks! Investigations have also thrown up a number of clear EVP’s, with what sounded like a demon answering questions on one particular investigation.

PLEASE NOTE: On Feb 4 2022, a devastating fire burned the building to the ground. It’s hopeful the building will be restored to once again welcome ghost hunters through its doors.

Learn more about the hauntings of the De Soto Hotel.

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13. Olde Park Hotel

107 s 6th st, ballinger, tx 76821.

The Haunted Olde Park Hotel, Ballinger

Built back in 1886 as a Cowboy lodgings, the Olde Park Hotel has had a number of uses in its history including as a schoolhouse, courthouse, brothel and bordello.

The activity and the experiences at this historic building are both vast and wide-ranging. Visitors to the Antique Store, have had conversations with women in “costume” who they thought worked there only for them to disappear! It’s believed they were the spirits of the working women from the time it was a whorehouse.

Read more about the ghosts of the Olde Park Hotel

Haunted Places in South Texas

14. presidio la bahia, 217 us-183, goliad, tx 77963.

The Haunted Presidio La Bahia, Goliad TX

The first stop on our tour of Texas ghost stories, leads us to Presidio La Bahia, in Goliad. Presidio La Bahia was founded back in 1721 and over the years there have been many Texas Revolution conflicts that have taken place at the fort including both the Battle of Goliad and the Goliad Massacre.

As you can probably imagine Presidio La Bahia has seen a great deal of death, so it is hardly a great surprise that it is regarded as having several ghosts. There is an abundance of spirits trapped here, some of them scared and hurt, but most of them angry!

There have been frequent reports that the cries and screams of injured soldiers can be heard coming from the fort at night and there have been reports of witnesses seeing the apparitions of soldiers as well.

Learn more about the haunted Presidio La Bahia, Goliad TX

15. Hotel Galvez

2024 seawall blvd, galveston, tx 77550.

The Haunted Hotel Galvez, Galveston TX

The Hotel Galvez is one of the oldest hotels on Galveston Island and it is also one of the most haunted locations in Texas.

Room 505, in particular, is said to be haunted and many guests cannot make it through the night due to feeling so uneasy in the room.

There is often an unexplained scent of Gardenias in the hotel which is said to signal the ghost’s presence. The spirit is known as ‘The Lovelorn Lady’ and she has been seen wandering the halls on the fifth floor of the hotel.

She died in the hotel after hanging herself when her husband died at sea.

Learn more about the haunted Hotel Galvez, Galveston TX

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16. Yorktown Memorial Hospital

728 w main st, yorktown, tx 78164.

Haunted Yorktown Hospital, Yorktown TX

The hospital was built in the forties and remained open until 1988, but even before it closed its doors the staff, patients and visitors were reporting paranormal activity in the building, so imagine what it must be like now that it is abandoned!

One of the most well-known ghosts in residence is a man named TJ who died of a heroin overdose. He was dumped on the front step by his friends, but as they failed to ring the bell nobody discovered him until the next morning by which time he was already dead.

He is said to haunt the hospital but seems to be in good spirits as he tends to joke around with any of the ladies who enter the old hospital. He is particularly fond of pinching them on the butt!

It has also been claimed that if anyone with tattoos or body piercings enters the chapel then the spirits of the nuns who built and operated the hospital will choke or hit them for defiling their bodies.

The on-site caretaker has also described seeing black ‘shapes’ the size of a large dog, and a large man with glowing red eyes! These are just a small number of the many reports that have come from this extremely haunted building!

Learn more on the ghosts at the haunted Yorktown Hospital

17. Emily Morgan Hotel, San Antonio

Emily Morgan Hotel

Particularly active floors include the 3rd, 7th, 9th, 11th, and 12th, where guests have witnessed strange occurrences such as wine bottles sliding off tables, toilet seats banging, and dark figures gliding through rooms. Elevators at the hotel also seem to have a mind of their own, repeatedly visiting floors without any apparent reason.

Built in 1924 in a Gothic style, the Emily Morgan Hotel was originally a medical center, complete with terra cotta gargoyles depicting various ailments. In 1976, the building was converted into an office space before being renovated in 1984 to become the hotel it is today.

The hotel’s name pays homage to Emily D. West, a servant woman known as Emily Morgan, who played a significant role in the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas War for Independence. Legend has it that Emily delayed Mexican General Santa Anna long enough for the Texas army to storm the camp and secure victory.

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Haunted Places in Mart, Texas

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Armstrong Browning Library

Waco, texas.

Famed writer Elizabeth Barrett Browning's ghost is said to walk here at night, carrying a candle and wearing a white gown. She has also been seen looking out an upstairs window. There is a statue of Browning in front of the library, and although its arms are at its sides, ...

Lindsey Hollow Road

Local legend has it that two brothers haunt this area. Vigilantes hanged them from a tree here in the 1880s. Witnesses have seen their apparitions hanging from the tree, have heard screams and have described a feeling of being paralyzed.

Cameron Park - Jacob's Ladder

An old staircase called "Jacob's Ladder" is found near the south end of Cameron Park, near Redwood Shelter. It is 88 steps from start to finish, and can be daunting on a summer day. But locals swear that if a couple tackles the infamous staircase at night, the ...

Cameron Park - Witch's Castle

Cameron Park is a busy place for the paranormal - check out nearby "Lover's Leap" and "Jacob's Ladder" for examples. But by far the most well-known story is that of the Witch's Castle, which is the popular name for a set of ruins found deep within the park. ...

Cameron Park - Lover's Leap

There are countless "Lover's Leaps" - it seems that whenever there is a tall cliff somewhere in the world, someone has spun a story about two star-crossed lovers who decided to end their lives there, because society wouldn't let them be together in peace. Well, here's another one - ...

Rainbow Lake

Woodway, texas.

Local legends surrounding this area include witchcraft and peeping Toms. Folks have seen figures and heard screams, and a ghostly man is said to roam in the deep woods. This is a private area; no trespassing is allowed.

Dresden Cemetery

Barry, texas.

Rumors have it that this cemetery was built on an old Native American burial ground and that behind the back chain link fence you can see the sunken in graves of slaves. I don't know if any of this is true but the paranormal activity that occurs here cannot be ...

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1895 Tarlton House

Hillsboro, texas.

At this bed-and-breakfast inn, as the name implies built in 1895, builder Mr. Tarlton himself is said to wander in spirit. Rumor has it that he hanged himself on floor 3 after his second wife died. Witnesses have heard his footsteps and felt cool gusts of wind on their faces. ...

Lone Oak Cemetery

Blooming grove, texas.

The Lone Oak Cemetery is a small graveyard that's rumored to be haunted by ghosts who whisper and make odd noises and flicking sounds along the barbed wire.

Ingraham Castle Bed and Breakfast

Calvert, texas.

The historic building was supposed to serve as the county courthouse, but an outbreak of yellow fever saw the judicial court moved to a nearby township. Constructed in the 1870's, the building was refurbished as a bed and breakfast inn. Around this time, the story of a ghostly woman ...

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Calvert Hotel

Dating back to 1872, the hotel lies adjacent to the railway tracks and served as accommodation for weary railroad travellers. Lamps in some guest rooms have been known to turn on and off of their own accord, and rhythmic knocking has been reported on the ceiling and the walls, ...

The Laughing Lady Tea Room

The nineteenth-century building was formerly a tea room named for the resident ghost, but has now been refurbished as a furniture store. Staff and diners claim to have heard a woman's laughter echoing through the building during the early afternoon, and have seen a woman in old-fashioned dress wandering ...

Emhouse School

Corsicana, texas.

This schoolhouse has been abandoned since the late 1950's, but allegedly paranormal activity has been and is still being reported inside the abandoned building. People have seen a flying apparition on the upper level of the building, and spectral lights have been observed on the upper and lower levels of ...

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Wedemeyer Academy

Belton, texas.

Formerly a boy's school during the 1800's, this historic building may soon become a bed and breakfast inn. The place is haunted by a number of spirits, including former students and the apparition of a former owner. Footsteps have been heard on the stairs, and a strange voice has ...

Old Bell County Jail

Dating back to the 1850's, the old county jail is now a private residence. Reports say a glaring man, possibly a former prisoner, was seen staring down into the street when the place was for sale for a period of time. Upon investigation, the building was empty. (Submitted by Callum ...

Coryell County Courthouse

Gatesville, texas.

The 1897 courthouse building is haunted by a male spirit known as 'Elroy'. Cold breezes have been reported, furniture moves around of its own accord and visitors have felt an invisible person brushing past them in the corridors. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Antioch Rest Cemetery

Grandview, texas.

Antioch Rest Cemetery in Grandview Texas has a long history of paranormal activity. People have reported that they have had rocks thrown at their cars when parked across the road or even when driving by with nobody around. We experienced this for ourselves, and while we weren't able to ...

Rogers Hotel

Waxahachie, texas.

The building that once housed the Rogers Hotel is now reported to be an office building, but it has a haunted history. According to reports, a live-in maintenance man got the fright of his life when a stranger in period clothing knocked at his door while the hotel was still ...

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Catfish Plantation

Seen on many TV shows, Catfish Plantation was a historic house that was turned into a restaurant. The spirits attached to the town must have liked the idea. The friendly haunts here have been reported to flirt with the women, brew up a pot of coffee, or set fry baskets ...

Burleson House

This historic two-story residence was built in 1915, and previously managed by a family-owned honey company. This house is one of the most haunted in Texas, with many apparitions being seen and heard in the old house. Doors open and close by themselves, voices are heard at night, and footsteps ...

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Kyle Cemetery

Cleburne, texas.

Our team went out here after just finding the cemetery at random. We were actually trying to film an episode somewhere that had no history where we thought we wouldn't find much of anything. We were trying to have an episode where we could debunk a lot of typical things ...

Hastings Books - Randalls Food Store

Killeen, texas.

Employees here have felt a ghostly presence who has been known to knock merchandise off racks or set up pyramids of canned food in the aisles during the night.

Old Foamy Road

Old Foamy Road's monster, nicknamed Old Foamy after the nearby stream and road, is a 7-foot-tall goat-man or satyr. According to local lore, those who park on Old Foamy Road near the stream, turn off the lights and honk three times will call up the monster. The legend is believed ...

Wright Plaza Building

Passer-by's in the street have reportedly seen the apparition of a young woman staring down into the street from the second floor of the historic building. The second floor is also haunted by an angry entity, accompanied by a cold presence. The aroma of perfume has been smelt by visitors ...

LaSalle Hotel

Bryan, texas.

Apparitions, strange noises and lights turning on and off of their own accord have all been reported at this 1929 hotel. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Schulman Theater

Although the theater is reported to be under renovations, it is said to be haunted by a young man who resides in the upstairs projection rooms. In life, he is said to have been killed by his partner, with whom he was arguing, and his body was discovered the following ...

The Woodbine Hotel and Restaurant

Madisonville, texas.

Dating back to 1904, the historic hotel and restaurant is believed to be haunted. Perhaps eight or nine hauntings are attached to the old building, but only prominent one is that of a female spirit known as 'Clara' (the spelling varies depending on the source). Room #007 is rumoured ...

Maxdale Cemetery and Bridge

Pay a visit here and you may encounter a ghost with a limp, who may have been a former cemetery caretaker. Folks say the small iron bridge here is haunted as well. Local legend has it that if you stop on the bridge, turn off your headlights, count to 10, ...

Glen Rose, Texas

The 1928 hotel has a chequered past of murder, tragedy and despair, but also one of hope and joy. The original hotel closed during the war, and became a home for women whose husbands were fighting overseas. During the 1970's, the hotel reopened its doors to the guest clientele, and ...

The Bayou Cajun Restaurant

This local eatery is rumoured to be haunted by a man associated with the building's past. Maurice Pylant, a former owner, died in 1996, but some believe he never left his beloved establishment. Staff and diners claim to have seen his apparition and smelt smoke from his favourite cigars. ...

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Masonic Building - Gumbo's North

Georgetown, texas.

A restaurant serving delicious southern cuisine now stands on the premises of this 1900 masonic building, which is rumoured to be haunted. Former tenants of the upstairs apartments reported that doors would open and close of their own accord, and cold spots and a strange presence were also felt. (Submitted ...

M.B. Lockett Building

The third floor of 1896 building is haunted. Housing a banquet hall, staff would often report hearing disembodied footsteps and furniture moving around from the otherwise empty room. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Williamson County Courthouse

The 1911 courthouse building is haunted by a woman in a long dress, who has been seen throughout the building wandering around in a dazed state. In the archival room, book pages have been known to flip over by themselves, and a ghostly man has been seen vanishing around ...

1894 Building

Dating back to (you guessed it) 1894, this old building is now an artists studio. The place is haunted by Luther Saint Paul Miller, a former owner. His apparition used to be seen standing at the top of the staircase, but he has not been seen since the interior ...

Cobblestone Antiques

This antiques store is rumoured to be haunted by three spirits from a historical era. Dating back to 1895, much of the paranormal activity, including strange noises and items being thrown by unseen hands, has been reported in the upstairs section of the shop. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Georgetown Art Center

In this 1894 former firehouse, visitors have reported hearing disembodied footsteps and have seen the apparition of a man in old-fashioned cowboy attire. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Palace Theater

The 1925 historic theater is rumoured to be haunted by the apparitions of a man, a woman and a child. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Old Coupland Inn and Dance Hall

Coupland, texas.

The Old Coupland Inn and Dance Hall dates back to 1910, when the building served as a bordello and a speakeasy. Now rumoured to be one of the most haunted places in the state, the paranormal activity reported at the establishment ranges from appliances turning on and off of ...

Park Lane Apartments

Arlington, texas.

People report seeing figures in their apartments when there is no one around. Strange noises are heard, such as the sound of babies crying, and the faucets turn on and off by themselves. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Granbury Opera House

Granbury, texas.

Granbury Opera House is reported to be haunted by a Shakespeare-loving apparition of a tall figure in black, with black boots. He is known at times to break into a spirited--no pun intended--performance. Some believe he is the ghost of John Wilkes Booth.

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Nutt House Historic Hotel

This 1893 limestone building has housed a hotel since the turn of the twentieth century, and was a home-style restaurant for several decades as well. The building is supposed to be haunted by the apparition of a woman in old-fashioned garb, who many believe is Mary Lou Watkins, a ...

Wayside Avenue

Fort worth, texas.

This neighborhood built is the 1930s has a street that is said to be haunted. A white shadow of a sad little boy that shows up in lawns and rooms. No one knows where he come from, but he has been seen by many of the residents there. (Submitted ...

Six Flags Over Texas

The ghost of a woman named Annie is said to haunt the Texas section of the park; she is commonly seen and sometimes photographed in the Old Time Parlour and has also been reported by Texas Giant and Runaway Mountain. She is thought to have died nearby in the 1900's. (Submitted ...

Hampton Inn & Suites - Mesquite

Mesquite, texas.

Guests and employees both have experienced ghosts here. Folks have seen a male apparition wearing black pants and brown shoes, and have spoken to a ghost girl, not realizing she was a ghost. A pervasive feeling of being watched also has been reported.

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Hotel Lawrence Dallas

Dallas, texas.

This hotel opened in 1925, and a lot of mysterious happenings occur here. On the 10th floor, witnesses have reported the sound of crying and footsteps in high heels, along with cold spots and strange shadows -- it is said that a woman in the 1940s jumped or fell to ...

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Adolphus Hotel

This 1912 hotel is home to many spirits, according to the local lore. Among them are a sad bride who was said to be jilted in the 1930s and hanged herself--she haunts the 19th floor. Witnesses have seen her apparition, and with it heard her sobbing and the sound of ...

Le Méridien Dallas - The Stoneleigh

The Bolla Bar inside the 1923 Stoneleigh Hotel is said to be haunted by restless souls who passed away in the hotel, especially during thunderstorms. Witnesses say strange things have happened here for years: Lights flicker, the elevator works on its own, apparitions scare guests and glasses shatter for no ...

Log Cabin Village

The aroma of perfume has been smelt in several of the log cabins. The apparition of a man who was hung has been seen in various log cabins around the village, and is described as an evil entity. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Renaissance Dallas Hotel

According to local legend, a man jumped to his death from this hotel's roof, landing on the west side of the building. Witnesses say unexplained sounds come from the rooms and that the area of the roof is haunted.

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The Texas White House

At this 1910 building, now a bed-and-breakfast inn, a ghost is said to visit the Lone Star Room. The apparition of a man has been seen here, and his presence has been felt moving around in the room by some guests.

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The Hotel Blessing

Established 1907 – Blessing, Texas

Historic Hotel and Restaurant Located In Blessing, Texas

Welcome to the hotel blessing.

The Hotel Blessing was built in 1906 by Jonathan E. Pierce. Plans were drawn by an architect from Victoria, Texas. The design was inspired by Spanish mission churches and was translated into "Anglo" wood-siding construction.

In 1977 the Hotel was given to the Blessing Historical Foundation, and restoration was begun in 1978. In 1979, Hotel Blessing was entered into the National Register of Historic Places, the first official listing for Matagorda County with this distinction.

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The 12 Most Haunted Places in Texas

Texas does everything bigger and the most haunted places in Texas is no different. These places will frighten even the most avid ghost hunter.

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In the heart of the Lone Star State, where everything is bigger, the ghost stories and paranormal lore are no exception. Texas is brimming with spine-chilling tales and eerie locales that will leave you trembling in your cowboy boots. Venture with us on a journey through the most haunted places in Texas where paranormal activity looms large!

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Unleash your inner ghostbuster on an exciting ghost tour scavenger hunt ! Uncover the hidden secrets of Austin as you venture into haunted places and delve into its paranormal past. Similar to our regular city scavenger hunts, the ghost hunt takes you on a thrilling journey to important landmarks where you’ll answer questions and take on spooky challenges. Beware, these ghost walks come with a sinister twist! During camera challenges, you may catch a glimpse of an unexpected extra teammate!

Texas is one of the best destinations for all things haunted. With its long and diverse history, rich cultural traditions, and stunning landscapes, Texas has earned a reputation as one of the most haunted states in America. The echoes of the past reverberate throughout Texas with its military history alone accounting for thousands of deaths and potential hauntings. From the lingering spirits of Confederate soldiers from the American Civil War to the restless souls of The Alamo’s 13-day siege, the state is steeped in tales of tragedy and paranormal activity.

1. Historic Bowers Mansion

The Historic Bowers Mansion in Palestine, Texas, is a magnificent 140-year-old Victorian masterpiece that proudly stands as a Texas Historic Landmark. Nestled just a short distance from downtown Palestine, this stunning mansion is also tinged with a darker side, intertwined with tales of death, murder, and tragedy.

In the 1950s, a profound tragedy struck when the then-owner, Mr. Bowers, committed a heinous act by taking the life of his wife, Mary. As law enforcement approached the mansion, Mr. Bowers tragically took his own life, leaving behind a haunting legacy. Locals have long believed that the spirits of the tormented couple, along with others who met their untimely end at the mansion, continue to linger, shaping its eerie haunted house reputation.

2. The Alamo

The legendary Alamo is a Texas landmark that not only holds historical significance but is also steeped in tales of the paranormal. Nestled in San Antonio, The Alamo’s haunting reputation has drawn countless ghost tours and intrigued ghost hunters for years. Visitors and personnel have reported spine-chilling encounters with the spirits of fallen soldiers. Apparitions of brave Texan and Mexican soldiers are said to roam the limestone walls, forever bound to this site of their ultimate sacrifice. Eerie echoes of battle cries can still be heard reverberating through the air, a haunting reminder of the fierce 13-day siege that transpired here in 1836.

One of the most compelling specters is that of a young boy, whose identity remains a mystery. An uncanny apparition of none other than the iconic John Wayne himself has been purportedly seen here. A legendary actor, connected to The Alamo’s history via his portrayal of Davy Crockett, reportedly wanders the walls today.

The haunting atmosphere is further intensified by the lingering aura of the thousands of bodies left unceremoniously buried on the grounds after the siege. The Alamo became their eternal resting place, and their memories continue to echo in the whispers of the wind and the shadows cast on the walls. For those brave enough to explore the Alamo’s chilling mysteries, after-hour tours can be arranged for groups.

Explore more spooky sites on our “ San Antonio Ghost Tour Scavenger Hunt: The Spirits Of San Antonio .” Numerous reliable reports have documented sightings and eerie sounds of ghosts throughout downtown San Antonio. From The Alamo to the hotels, the Tobin Center, and the Briscoe Museum, paranormal activity has been observed and experienced by all over this old American city.

3. Jefferson Hotel

In the mysterious town of Jefferson, where paranormal phenomena abound, The Jefferson Hotel stands as a focal point for ghostly encounters. Renowned not only in Texas but across the nation, this historic hotel has gained a reputation as one of the most haunted establishments in America.

Within its walls, mischievous, and perhaps malevolent spirits, have been known to throw objects at unsuspecting guests and mysteriously lock them in their rooms. But that’s just the beginning of the chilling occurrences. As night falls, the air fills with the sounds of mysterious knocks on the walls, phantom footsteps racing down empty corridors, and the echoing laughter of children who are nowhere to be seen. Disembodied voices whisper in the shadows, adding to the palpable sense of unease.

4. Bragg Road

Bragg Road, nestled in Saratoga, stands as the most renowned haunted road in Texas, captivating the imaginations of all who hear its chilling legend. Among the East Texas locals, the tale of Bragg Road is a well-known and spine-tingling legend.

Travelers along this old logging road have shared accounts of flickering light in the distance, casting an otherworldly glow as they venture forward. This elusive phenomenon is aptly named the Ghost Road Light, also known as Big Thicket Light, Saratoga Light, and Bragg Road Light. The haunting narrative originates from the lantern carried by a tragic railroad worker. It is said that he met a gruesome fate, losing his head to the merciless blades of a passing train. Yet, even in the afterlife, he remains trapped in eternal search by lantern light, forever seeking the head he lost.

5. The Magnolia Hotel

Dating back to 1840, The Magnolia Hotel in the small town of Seguin, Texas, has earned a formidable reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in Texas. Within its historic walls, at least 13 poltergeists are said to roam, manifesting in an array of chilling paranormal phenomena. The hotel’s restoration in 2013 seemed to awaken these otherworldly inhabitants, unleashing a surge of spectral activity that continues to captivate and terrify all who enter.

Visitors to the Magnolia Hotel have encountered doors that slam shut as if guided by unseen hands, while strange shapes and figures materialize in photographs, defying rational explanation. Furniture mysteriously shifts and moves on its own, and ethereal voices echo through empty rooms, sending shivers down the spines of those who bear witness. Phantom footsteps reverberate through the hallways, only adding to the eerie ambiance of the place.

The hotel has become a mecca for paranormal experts and ghost hunters from far and wide, drawn by its reputation as one of the most haunted locations in the country. Featured on esteemed TV shows such as Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures , Discovery Channel’s When Ghosts Attack , and Destination America’s Ghost Brothers , the Magnolia Hotel’s notoriety as a haunted hotspot is firmly cemented.

6. The Driskill Hotel

Dating back to 1886, the iconic downtown landmark of Austin, The Driskill Hotel, was originally built by Colonel Jesse Driskill. Today, it holds a storied history, and its former owner seems to linger in the shadows, making his presence known to both staff and guests. The unmistakable scent of cigar smoke wafts through empty rooms, a ghostly reminder of Colonel Driskill’s enduring spirit.

However, Colonel Driskill is not the sole specter haunting the halls of this historic hotel. The tragic tales of two brides who allegedly took their own lives in room 525, twenty years apart, have left an eerie imprint on the space as well. Guests who stay in this room report an overwhelming sense of unease and inexplicable sorrow that seems to envelop them.

In addition to these haunting stories, a spectral presence of a little girl, clutching a bouquet of flowers, has been spotted throughout the hotel. Her apparition often graces the grand staircase, as well as various other common areas, leaving a sense of both wonder and trepidation in those who bear witness to her ghostly form.

For more haunted adventures check out our “ Austin Ghost Tour Scavenger Hunt: Austin Ghost Hunt .” Join us on this fun-filled ghost hunt, as we explore the city’s spookiest places and interactively discover their eerie secrets.

7. La Carafe

Houston’s La Carafe is not your average bar. It boasts a unique and bewitching charm that draws patrons back time and again. Established in 1847, this historic gem holds the title of the oldest pub in the downtown Market Square District. Stepping into this cozy nook feels like descending into a time capsule, every corner brimming with eclectic history.

Adorned with black and white photographs and steeped in stories of famous figures like Sam Houston, La Carafe is a place where the past comes alive. But with such antiquity comes tales of the supernatural, as a couple of resident phantoms have chosen to make this place their abode.

Among the spectral residents is Carl, a former bartender who seemingly never left. Even after closing time, he diligently keeps an eye on the establishment, particularly on the vacant second floor. Patrons have recounted mysterious occurrences, from the sound of breaking glasses to unsettling footsteps and ghostly bangs. The bathroom, in particular, is said to harbor inexplicable cold spots that send shivers down the spines of those who encounter them. Despite the spectral company, La Carafe remains a beloved spot, where patrons can enjoy candlelit dinners with a few invisible friends.

8. USS Lexington

In Corpus Christi, the USS Lexington carries a legendary nickname, “Blue Ghost,” earned during its valiant service in World War II. However, its haunting reputation goes beyond the battlefield, as local residents believe the ship to be occupied by lingering spirits. Among the reported apparitions is an engine room operator, who tragically lost his life during one of the ship’s battles and is said to wander the vessel in the stillness of the night. Visitors have recounted eerie experiences, from doors mysteriously slamming shut to lights flickering on and off without any logical explanation. It’s as if the spirits of the past continue to roam the ship’s historic decks.

Despite its ghostly lore, the USS Lexington is a cherished national treasure that welcomes inquisitive guests to explore its hallowed grounds. The ship generously allows visitors to immerse themselves in its history, but do check the website for admission times and safety guidelines. For the truly fearless, a special one-or two-night program offers the chance to spend the night aboard the ship, an experience that promises both excitement and chills. As the “Blue Ghost” remains a poignant reminder of the past, this revered vessel beckons those with a taste for history and the brave at heart to delve into its haunted mysteries.

9. Marfa Lights

Marfa, a remote and charming artist colony nestled in the desert, is not only known for its delectable food and delightful cocktails but also for an intriguing phenomenon that has fascinated Texans for generations—the Marfa Lights. These mysterious yellow-orange spheres, which hover just above the desert foliage, near US Route 67, have left people pondering their origin. Are they UFOS, the restless spirits of Spanish Conquistadors, or simply a mundane reflection of car headlights in the atmosphere? Despite countless theories, the enigma of the Marfa Lights endures, and to this day, they remain unexplained.

Before embarking on an investigation of these otherworldly lights, take the time to bask in the beauty of Marfa for a couple of days.

10. Hotel Galvez, AKA the “Queen of the Gulf”

Once the bustling heart of Texas, Galveston thrived as a prominent commercial center until destructive natural disasters and other calamities struck, causing its population to dwindle. The devastating Hurricane Ike in 2008 further reduced the city’s residents from 57,000 to 48,000. Since then, Galveston has been on a quest to revive its quaint charm, welcoming new enterprises to breathe life back into its streets. However, this isn’t the city’s first attempt at rejuvenation. In the aftermath of the catastrophic hurricane in 1900, Galveston sought to rekindle its appeal with the majestic Hotel Galvez—a magnificent structure adorned with features reminiscent of the Spanish Colonial era.

Though a product of the past, the hotel has left behind spectral remnants that persist to this day. Among the rumored phantoms is Audra, a tragic bride-to-be from the 1950s who occupied room 501 while her fiancé was away at sea. Devastated by the news of his ship’s demise and the loss of all hands, she met a sorrowful end by hanging herself in her room. In a heart-wrenching twist, her fiancé miraculously survived the shipwreck and returned to the Galvez, only to find his beloved lifeless. To this day, guests and employees report sensing the presence of the forlorn spirit, and doors mysteriously slam shut in the stillness of the night. Strange smells and visions of ethereal orbs are also common occurrences that add to the hotel’s haunted aura.

11. Yorktown Memorial Hospital

Founded by the Felician Sisters, Yorktown Memorial Hospital came into existence in the 1950s with a noble mission to aid alcoholics and drug addicts. However, since its inception, the hospital has borne witness to a tragic history, with over 2,000 troubled souls meeting their end within its walls. It is believed that the spirits of many of these patients still linger within the abandoned halls, haunting the building to this very day.

Ghost-hunters who venture to south Texas and into the now-deserted facility often recount spine-chilling encounters, feeling as if they are being pushed, touched, and even having their shirts tugged by unseen forces. The hauntingly aggressive nature of these encounters leaves visitors both amazed and unnerved.

12. Presidio La Bahia

Our last stop on the haunted tour of Texas takes us to Presidio La Bahia in Goliad, a place steeped in tragic events. Founded in 1721, the fort was the site of numerous conflicts during the Texas Revolution, including the infamous Battle of Goliad and the heart-wrenching Goliad Massacre. With such a tumultuous past, Presidio La Bahia has become a hotbed for paranormal activity, with countless spirits said to be lingering within its walls.

Some spirits are trapped, scared, and hurt, while others are consumed by anger and unrest. Visitors to the fort have reported hearing cries and screams of injured soldiers echoing through the night, haunting reminders of the tumultuous past. Witnesses have also claimed to see the apparitions of soldiers. As darkness descends upon Presidio La Bahia, the souls of the past make their presence known, leaving an indelible mark on those who dare to explore the haunting history of this historic site.

Closing Thoughts

Visiting the most haunted places in Texas is a journey that takes you beyond the realm of the ordinary and into the mysterious and unexplained. A visit to each of these locations carries with it a rich tapestry of history, tragedy, sightings, and legend. From the chilling apparitions that roam the halls of old buildings to the eerie sounds that echo through abandoned spaces, these encounters leave a lasting impression on the adventurous soul.

Looking for a dark tourism adventure for Halloween? Take a look at our “ Most Haunted Places in The World ” for more spooky places to visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

The best places to see UFOs in Texas are Bragg Road , with flickering lights casting an otherworldly glow, and the Marfa Lights’ with mysterious yellow-orange spheres that hover over the landscape.

Hotel Galvez , The Driskill Hotel , Magnolia Hotel , and The Jefferson Hotel are the best-haunted hotels to visit in Texas. Pair one of these haunted hotels with an interactive Texas ghost tour !

Among the most haunted places in Texas , the infamous Magnolia Hotel holds the reputation of being Texas’ most haunted hotel. For more spooky places to explore check out the “ Most Haunted Places in The World . “

USS Lexington has a haunting reputation beyond the battlefield. Though it’s popular for historic tours, local residents believe the ship to be occupied by the lingering spirits of soldiers.

Presidio La Bahia and The Alamo are the best haunted Texas Revolutionary sites to visit in Texas. After you visit these sites check out our Austin ghost tour and San Antonio ghost tour .

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We asked, you voted. from demonic possessions and cursed tvs to haunted hotels and killer clowns, here are movies that scared rt users the most..

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If you were poking around RT a week and a half or so ago, you might have come across a little poll we were taking on the site to try and determine the Scariest Movie Ever . Based on other lists and suggestions from the RT staff, we pulled together 40 of the scariest movies ever made and asked you to vote for the one that terrified you the most. As it happens, a British broadband service comparison website decided to conduct a science experiment to determine the same thing, and their results were… surprising, to say the least. Did Rotten Tomatoes readers agree with the findings? Read on to find out what our fans determined were the 10 Scariest Horror Movies Ever.

1. The Exorcist (1973)

You may not agree that  The Exorcist is the scariest movie ever, but it probably also isn’t much of a surprise to see it at the top of our list — with a whopping 19% of all the votes cast. William Friedkin’s adaptation of the eponymous novel about a demon-possessed child and the attempts to banish said demon became the highest-grossing R-rated horror film ever and the first to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (it earned nine other nominations and took home two trophies). But outside of its critical and commercial bona fides, the film is well-known for the mass hysteria it inspired across the country, from protests over its controversial subject matter to widespread reports of nausea and fainting in the audience. Its dramatic pacing and somewhat dated effects may seem quaint compared to some contemporary horror, but there’s no denying the power the film continues to have over those who see it for the first time.

2.  Hereditary (2018)

Writer-director Ari Aster made a huge splash with his feature directorial debut, a dark family drama about the nature of grief couched within a supernatural horror film. Toni Collette earned a spot in the pantheon of great Oscar snubs with her slowly-ratcheted-up-to-11 performance as bedeviled mother Annie, but the movie’s biggest shock came courtesy of… Well, we won’t spoil that here. Suffice it to say  Hereditary struck such a nerve with moviegoers that it instantly turned Aster into a director to watch and shot up to second place on our list.

3.  The Conjuring (2013)

James Wan has staked out a place among the modern masters of horror, directing films like  Saw ,  Dead Silence ,  Insidious , and this inspired-by-true-events chiller based on the experiences of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens, best known for their work on the strange case that inspired the  Amityville Horror movies (which played a part in The Conjuring 2 ), were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who grounded the effective jump scares and freak-out moments with a believable world-weariness. Together, Wan and his co-leads found fresh terror in familiar genre tropes, and the end result is a sprawling cinematic universe that only continues to grow.

4.  The Shining (1980)

Literally dozens of Stephen King’s novels and stories have been adapted for the big screen, and several of those films are considered classics today, like  Carrie ,  Misery , and  Pet Sematary (and that doesn’t even account for non-horror stuff like  The Shawshank Redemption and  Stand By Me ). But the mother of them all is easily Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of  The Shining . A marvel of set and production design and a genuinely unnerving take on the traditional haunted house story,  The Shining features a host of memorable images and an iconic Jack Nicholson performance. The film’s relatively few jump scares are still absolutely chilling, but its true power lies in the way it crawls under your skin and makes you experience Jack Torrance’s slow descent into madness. It’s rightfully considered one of the greatest horror films ever made, and it ranked fourth in our poll.

5.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

While the top four movies on this list collectively garnered 42% of the total votes counted, they were followed by six films that all earned around 3% of the vote each. In other words, these last six films were separated by no more than 60 votes. The first of them is this low-budget slasher directed and co-written by Tobe Hooper, very loosely inspired by the crimes of Ed Gein.  Texas Chainsaw’ s grimy aesthetic helped lend it an air of authenticity, which made it all the more frightening (“This could  actually happen , you guys!”), and the massive, menacing presence of Gunnar Hansen’s Leatherface paved the way for other brutes like Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. Multiple attempts have been made to breathe new life into the franchise, but none have equaled the original in sheer, over-the-top, power tool-inspired terror.

6.  The Ring (2002)

It’s always a tricky proposition to take something that works well for one culture and try to translate that formula successfully for another, but Gore Verbinski managed that with  The Ring . A remake of Japanese director Hideo Nakata’s acclaimed thriller about a cursed videotape, Verbinski’s take kept the original film’s striking visual imagery — the  ghost of a young girl in a white dress with long black hair covering her face — and found that it scared the hell out of audiences no matter where they were from. While the film wasn’t as well-regarded as its predecessor, it features a committed performance from a then up-and-coming Naomi Watts, and for many, it served as an introduction to East Asian horror cinema.

7.  Halloween (1978)

Coming in at the seventh spot on our list is the film that introduced the world to all-time scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and put John Carpenter on the map.  Halloween is frequently cited as one of the earliest examples of the slasher genre as we know it today, and while it may not feature the same kind of realistic gore we’ve come to expect of films in that category, it packs a lot of tension and some inventive thrills in a relatively small-scale package. The film’s legacy is also fairly untouchable: Michael Myers’ mask has become the stuff of legend, and the giant, unstoppable killer and the “final girl” have become ingrained in the horror lexicon. There’s a reason the franchise is still going after more than 40 years.

8.  Sinister (2012)

For those who didn’t read the “scientific study” mentioned at the top, we’ve finally come to the film it crowned the scariest. Before he joined the MCU with 2016’s  Doctor Strange , director Scott Derrickson had racked up a few horror films, a couple of which earned cult followings. One of them was this small-scale haunted house/possession story about a true-crime writer (Ethan Hawke) who moves his wife and kids into a house where a family was murdered, only to discover the new place might already have a rather evil tenant. Writer C. Robert Cargill was reportedly inspired to pen the script based on a nightmare he had after watching  The Ring , and the story does share a minor similarity with that film, what with the creepy snuff film angle. But for many who saw it, the dramatic reveals and creepy set pieces far outweighed any recycled genre tropes that might have been present. Plus, there’s at least one report out there that says it’s the scariest movie ever made, so that has to count for something.

9.  Insidious (2010)

James Wan has already appeared higher on this list, but before he and Patrick Wilson made The Conjuring , they worked together on this supernatural thriller about a young boy who falls into a coma and begins to channel a malevolent spirit. The bare bones of the story weren’t the most groundbreaking, but frequent Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell infused it with a compelling enough mythology that it spawned four more installments. Wan also stated that Insidious was meant to be something of a corrective to the outright violence of  Saw , which compelled him to craft something on a more spiritual level, and the end result is an effective chiller featuring what is frequently regarded as one of the best jump scares ever put on screen.

10.  IT (2017)

The fear of clowns is a very real thing, even if it’s become so commonplace to announce it that it feels disingenuous. If you needed any further evidence, we direct you to the box office haul of 2017’s  IT , based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which went on to beat  The Exorcist’ s 44-year record as the highest-grossing horror film ever. Oh, and of course, its 10th-place finish on this list. Andy Muschietti’s big-budget adaptation drew on nostalgia to tell its story of children scarred by trauma, while Bill Skarsgard’s take on Pennywise the evil, shapeshifting clown was bizarre and unsettling in all the right ways. Add a healthy dose of jump scares, a handful of impressive set pieces, and some top-notch CGI, and you’ve got a recipe for a horror film that’s both fun and full of scares.

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