San Antonio is arguably the most haunted city in Texas. It makes sense given its angry, bloody war history. There are hundreds of stories of reported paranormal sightings, but I’ve highlighted the most notorious and sinister of them all. Here are 6 terror tales that will have you convinced there’s no city in Texas more haunted than San Antonio.
Who’s ready for a ghost story? I’ll set the scene: it’s an eerie, dark night. Pretend you’re sitting around a blazing campfire with family and friends, marshmallows roasting away.
1. The Alamo
The Alamo is arguably the most haunted place in San Antonio - an understandable statement considering its bloody war history. Numerous paranormal sightings have been reported here: a ghostly monk in the courtyard, a spectral man on the roof, the eerie sound of a woman crying, and random cold spots throughout the building with no logical explanation. Mexican troops were ordered to tear The Alamo down twice, and it is said that angry spirits appeared to warn them against it, causing them to flee and never return. It was even used as a jail in the late 1800s, and prison guards as well as inmates reported the strange activity listed above. The phrase "Remember The Alamo!" has definitely resonated with its spirits because they'll haunt its walls for the rest of eternity.
2. La Llorona
La Llorona is a ghost story common to every Mexican community in Texas, which San Antonio most definitely is. The name translates to "The Crier," which is what she supposedly is doomed to do for all eternity. The legend says that centuries ago, a poor widow fell in love with a wealthy man. He was not interested in fatherhood, so he refused to marry her. In desperation, she took her children to the nearest river and drowned them in hopes he would realize how dedicated she was to being with him and change his mind. Understandably, the man was mortified and cut off all contact with her. When she realized that the great lengths she had gone to had been for naught, she drowned herself in the same river. Now, she's condemned to walk the riverbank and surrounding towns forever, searching for her children. Mexican mothers often use this tale to keep their young ones from staying out late at night, because La Llorona is said to haunt the living - with her jet-black hair, flowing white gown...and the head of a horse.
3. Ghost Tracks
This gravity hill has a tragic backstory. Supposedly, over a century ago, a group of schoolchildren was on the way back from a field trip on the darkest of nights. Their bus stalled on these very tracks, and an approaching train that had forgotten to turn on its headlight smashed into it, killing everyone inside other than the teacher. She was so grief-stricken that the very next day, she drove her car to the same tracks and waited for an approaching train to bring her to her demise the same way her students met theirs. Just as the train was nearing her vehicle, a mysterious force pushed it up the hill and out of the train's path. When she exited her car, she found tiny handprints all over the back bumper, letting her know that her children had come back to save her. Legend has it, if you park your car on the tracks at the bottom of the hill and put it in neutral, you'll experience the same phenomenon the teacher did - and when you get out of your car, you'll see the same hand prints of the kindred spectral children.
4. The Menger Hotel
The historic Menger Hotel is right next to the Alamo, so it makes sense that the same angry spirits that haunt the former battleground also inhabit the hotel. Ghosts of former employees are also rumored to roam the halls, wreaking havoc on the hotel guests with their violent poltergeist activity.
5. The Alamo Theater
Maybe the most surprising place on the list, this old theater and restaurant is a famous haunt in San Antonio. It's said to be the home of the spirit of an actress named Margaret Gething who lived in the area. Many guests have reported seeing her spirit and a playful child spirit who likes to move objects around.
6. "Midget" Mansion
This may be the creepiest ghost story in the entire city. In the 1920s, a wealthy family by the name of Gillespie, moved into this house. The parents of the family were little people and their two children were of average size. The thought of living in a house built for regular-sized people offended the father, so everything in the mansion was tiny - from low walls, small doorknobs and even miniature toilets. He built servants' quarters on the property that were built for little people as well, even though he hired regular-sized help. The housekeepers were treated horrifically, confined to small spaces not intended for them. Two legends exist of how the Gillespies' story ends. One says Mr. Gillespie attacked his entire family in a psychopathic rage, slitting their throats and dragging them into an upstairs closet before taking his own life. Upon the discovery of the bodies, the authorities also found bloody notes from the deceased scrawled on the walls - the only record left behind of their grisly demise. The second version says one servant was fed up with being mistreated and set the mansion on fire before murdering the family with an ax and stuffing their bodies in the same closet mentioned earlier before killing himself. The house still stands today, and locals claim to hear sounds of scratching coming from inside the walls near the closet where the family supposedly met their demise. People have also reported screaming coming from inside the house as well as silhouettes of figures moving around, even though it's been vacant for many years now.
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