I have done a few articles about haunted places in Texas before, including one about an old, creepy
cemetery in Texas, another about haunted hotels, and a piece about some other well-known haunted places in Texas. I decided to compile a master list of some of the most disturbing hauntings in our state that will leave you running to hide under your covers. These 10 places in Texas will most definitely make you want to sleep with one eye open:
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1) Bragg Road Ghost Lights (Saratoga)
Supposedly, a man whose head got cut off in a railroad accident on this very road is searching for his head with a lantern in the dark of night in the woods. People have claimed to see flickering lights in the distance on the old logging road, and while some say it's just the headlights of passing cars on the highway or swamp gas, people still keep piling into their cars with friends and family to witness the mysterious Bragg Lights.
2) Marfa Lights (Marfa)
People come from all over to see the Marfa Lights, which viewers describe as white, yellow, red, and orange basketball-shaped spheres that randomly appear in the night sky in the tiny west Texas town. There's even a special viewing center in town (pictured above) where people can get the best view of the famous lights.
3) Presidio La Bahia (Goliad)
Since the Battle of Goliad and the Goliad Massacre took place here during the Texas Revolution, you will inevitably find many angry and hurting spirits still wandering the land. Many who have visited report hearing cries of pain during the night and even seeing apparitions of soldiers.
4) Baker Hotel (Mineral Wells)
Two main ghosts are said to haunt this hotel: one of a bloody nude woman on the seventh floor who had an affair with the hotel manager, and another of a man who had died after getting caught in an elevator door. This is one of the most haunted hotels in Texas, and was even investigated on the popular show "Ghost Adventures." The hotel has plans to reopen soon, so you might just get to witness some of these disturbing hauntings for yourself.
5) The Jefferson Hotel (Jefferson)
Jefferson is one of the most well-known haunted towns in Texas, and this hotel in particular houses many ghosts that like to torment guests. People have reported objects being thrown at them, hearing loud footsteps pounding down the hallways during the night, hearing mysterious voices from vacant rooms, and other frightening occurrences. If you still decide to stay here, at least you've been warned...
6) Menger Hotel (San Antonio)
First opened in 1859 by William Menger, the hotel eventually earned a reputation for being haunted, and 32 different ghosts are said to wander the halls, including that of Teddy Roosevelt. The Alamo is right next door, which might explain why this is a hot spot for so many spirits whose souls have not gotten a chance to rest. Which brings us to our next haunted destination...
7) The Alamo (San Antonio)
Ever since the bloody, raging Battle of the Alamo took place at this world-famous mission, people have claimed to see and hear strange things on the property. And, it's no wonder that the Alamo is one of the most haunted places in Texas due to its long and dark history. For centuries, visitors have reported hearing sounds of explosions and frightened screams of soldiers, seeing apparitions, and even hearing sounds of a faint trumpet playing "El Deguello," the Spanish call of "no quarter" ordered played by Santa Anna during the final attack at the fort. 182 Texas defenders and 1,600 Mexican troops died here, essentially making it a cemetery for the many soldiers who perished during one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history.
8) The White Sanitarium (Wichita Falls)
Of course, an old insane asylum must be on the list of haunted places in Texas. Reports of children screaming, lights turning on and off randomly, and ghosts wandering the property offer all the proof you need that spirits still haunt this disturbing sanitarium. Someone bought the property, so since it's a private residence, ghost investigations are off-limits. But, this is probably a good thing!
9) Berclair Mansion (Berclair)
This stately mansion was built in 1936 by a woman named Etta Terrell, an heiress to her family's fortune. After a fire burned down her previous home, she had just one request to the builders of the mansion: make it fireproof. So, it was constructed out of steel and concrete, complete with 22 rooms and spanning 10,000 square feet. Etta and her four sisters occupied the home until the last one passed away in 1968. Ever since, things started getting spooky around the property. Unexplained voices were heard, doors slammed shut without warning, and maintenance workers even saw elderly women wave to them from the windows of the mansion. If you dare step foot on the property, tours are given on the last Sunday of each month from 1-4PM.
10) Wunsche Bros Cafe and Saloon (Spring)
After more than 100 years, this restaurant and saloon still stands by the railroad tracks in the quaint community of Spring. People have been enjoying juicy burgers and cold beers here since 1902 when it opened, but expect more than great food and drinks when you stop by. The son of the town's founder, Charlie Wunsche, is said to haunt the restaurant, but he is more of a mischievous spirit than a threatening one. Workers have claimed that coffee pots sometimes start and stop on their own, unlocked doors won't budge, and mysterious shadows are seen along the hallways upstairs. Charlie especially likes to cause a ruckus during construction or remodeling, but the staff respects him and enjoys having him watch over them despite his repeated antics around the store.
What other haunted places do you know of in Texas? Share with us in the comments below!