Houses, Cemeteries, Churches, Depots, Hospitals, Jails, Forts, Libraries,
Bridges, Rivers, Roads, Caves ...
In The Pines by Dana Goolsby 7-11-11
Buried treasure in Elkhart and a ghostly nun who roams the old historic
Indians and Spirits of Confederate Soldiers Wandering Houston County
by Dana Goolsby 12-17-10
The oldest county in Texas is believed to be hallowed ground, on
which the spirits of Indians and Confederate soldiers roam freely.
Rd” in Huntsville by Dana Goolsby 10-26-10
Bowden Rd, perhaps better known as " Demons Rd,” leads to an old
cemetery known as Martha’s Chapel Cemetery...
Huntsville by Dana Goolsby 10-29-10
Oakwood Cemetery, and the oldest prison in Texas - the Walls Unit...
Nacogdoches by Dana Goolsby 10-24-10
Stephen F. Austin State University is allegedly home to numerous
spooks. The Turner Fine Arts Auditorium at SFA has more than fine
art in the building. A ghost named Chester is believed to haunt
Jacksonville by Dana Goolsby 10-27-10
Jacksonville City Cemetery, Mother Templeton Statue, Killough Monument,
and Lon Morris College
Cemetery by Dana Goolsby 10-22-10
Parker Cemetery has long since been the most talked about haunted
place in Grapeland.
Perfect Haunted House by Bob Bowman 10-17-10
With Halloween upon us, it’s time to remember the old Bonner house
west of Lufkin, which has been called the perfect haunted house.
But it had also has a rich history...
Haunting of the Old Travis County Jail by Mike Cox
Harvey, 34, had the distinction of being the last of nine men legally
hanged in the castle-like stone jail, built for $100,000 in 1876
at the corner of 11th and Brazos streets — present location of the
Dewitt C. Greer Building, headquarters of what is now the Texas
Department of Transportation.
Road in Hardin County by Bob Bowman
The best time to visit the Ghost Road in Hardin County is late in
the evening when nightfall descends over the Big Thicket...
of Old Waverly and the Old Waverly Cemetery, an East Texas Tale
of Two Hills
devil and ghosts by Bob Bowman
Devil’s Pocket, Devil’s Race Track on the Neches River, Widow’s
Bend on the Sabine River, and the Laughing Ghost of Todd Springs.
Hairy Man of Round Rock by Maggie Van Ostrand
"Round Rock's Hairy Man's the real thing and he's been there
back since pioneers built cabins and helped conquer the West. Want
to tell your kids how the Hairy Man of Round Rock came to be? Well,
Concho - Ghost in No. 7 by Mike Cox
A small light flickered through a broken pane of glass in the dilapidated
old officer’s quarters at Fort Concho. Glancing at the light, the
folks who occupied the adjacent officer’s quarters bolted their
doors and left a loaded gun in a convenient location—just in case...
White Lady of Rio Frio by Linda Kirkpatrick
A ghost that haunts the banks of the Frio River...
Houston's Basement-dwelling, Tree-planting, Violin-playing, Dog-loving,
by Johnny Stucco
Houston Library Ghost Story
There's nothing to not like about "Cra" the building's civilized
Ghost Road by Ken Rudine
and a Mystery Light on the Bodan by Ken Rudine
"My photo proved that I saw and photographed something."
- Ken Rudine
Big Thicket Light by Archie P. McDonald
"The Big Thicket Light, aka the Saratoga Light, shows up at
night on a seven-mile stretch of road connecting Farm Road 1293
and Saratoga, a former health spa/oil town/Big Thicket gathering
area in Hardin County.."
Man's Hole by Mike Cox
The expression "he just dropped out of sight" had both figurative
and literal meaning in Burnet County during and after the Civil
from ghosts helps stomp some berry juice by W.T. Block, Jr.
"As children, Broomtail and I had grown up, listening to our
sisters’ tales on Halloween nights, about the ghosts that wandered
around the cemetery. And to augment their stories, a river man named
Old Rob, who worked on our farm, had bottomless pits full of ghost
stories of his own."
For Sarah Herndon by Clay Coppedge
"On the east side of Donahoe Road, not far past the Donahoe
historical marker, is a single grave protected by an iron-wrought
Hill Clay Coppedge
"Joyce Woods Cox, a local historian based in Moody, was told
when she was a child that at night you could hear the rattling of
of Nicaragua Smith Still Haunts Galveston Graveyard by W. T.
If you should ever pass near the Old City Cemetery in Galveston
on the night of January 8th, you might hear a screaming voice out
of the ocean mists...
Ghosts by James L. Choron
County - El Muerto, the headless horseman by Lou Ann Herda
- A haunted depot by JohnTroesser
Concho - Dead Ellis by Mike Cox
Docents guiding tours of Fort Concho's reconstructed hospital still
tell the story of “Dead” Ellis.
Concho Ghost - Shannan Yarbrough
Fleischer Park - Cow Ghosts in the Old Log Cabin
by Mike Cox
Grange - The Haunted Jail by John Troesser
- Mystery of the Marfa Lights by John Troesser
County Jailhouse Ghost by Lou Ann Herda
Cave by Mike Cox
- The Baker Mansion by Bob Hopkins
County - Jake, the Bridge Ghost by Mike Cox
Hollering Creek by John Troesser
Baby Creek in Lufkin by Bob Bowman
Story by Wanda Orton 6-10-13
by Mike Cox
Two Lubbock ghost stories and one strange tale of a man who made
his amends for a ghastly crime one brick at a time.
Huntin’ Ghost Story by Linda Kirkpatrick
Besides being the time of ghosts and goblins, it
is almost time for hunters to arrive. Those of you who manage hunting
leases and should any of you hunters arrive early you might want
to read this story very closely.
of the Pineywoods by Bob Bowman
Riders by Bob Bowman
ghost stories by Bob Bowman
It’s time to put the ghosts into a new book. If you have a favorite
story, here’s your chance to see it in print, whether you beleive
it or not...
Very Personal Ghost by C. F. Eckhardt
Even if you see a ghost, you may not realize at once what you’ve
seen. I know. It happened to me...
Texas Ghosts by
So, you don’t believe in ghosts? Well, read on and we may make a
believer of you...
Many Legends of La Llorona by C. F. Eckhardt
"To set the La Llorona story straight once & for all. I've
been digging into La Llorona for nearly forty years. This article
pretty much sums up what I've found."
Llorona: Does She Seek Your Children? by Maggie Van Ostrand
Many versions of the tragedy of La Llorona (Weeping Woman) exist,
but the basic premise is the same...
Llorona by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
I grew up in Las Cruces, NM which is near the Rio Grande. I often
head stories about people who had seen and heard La Llorona...
Legend Of Bone Hill
by Bob Bowman
Bone Hill, a landmark standing about four miles northeast of Center,
reportedly got its name from a herd of cattle who died atop the
mill, leaving their bones to whiten in the East Texas sun. But,
as with all legends, there’s more to the story...
Branded Murder 1889 by Murray Montgomery
To the cowboys who rode the range in West Texas during the [1890s]
there was one longhorn steer that was always an object of dread.
He was a big, white fellow with “Murder 1889” branded in huge letters
on his left side. His appearance among their herds brought a chill
of terror to the superstitious...
Dream by C. F. Eckhardt
Josiah Wilbarger's Ordeal - Scalped Alive on Onion Creek
Mesa by C. F. Eckhardt
"Stampede Mesa was-and may still be-one of the most thoroughly
haunted places in Texas."
Legend of the Olive Ghost Train by W. T. Block Jr.
"...That's the old Olive ghost train and it makes one round trip
every Halloween Eve..."
Ghost on Highway 281 by C.F. Eckhardt
"... John wasn't the only person who'd seen Lackey trying to
hitch a ride north toward Johnson City. A lot of people were aware
of him. Truckers don't like to drive that stretch on fall nights..."
Legend of the Headless Yankee Cannoneer of Sabine Pass by W.
T. Block ("Cannonball's Tales")
"I already foresee that some character will accuse me of stealing
this yarn from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but I'm going to tell
it anyway. The anniversary of the Battle of Sabine Pass is almost
here, and if I don't repeat it once more, the story might be lost
to posterity for all time..."
Ghost on Milam Street by C. F. Eckhardt
Seguin's Headless Ghost
Monument to the Killough Massacre by Mitchel Whitington,
Excerpted from "Ghosts of East Texas and the Pineywoods",
23 House, 2005
Favorite Song by Sandy Williams Driver, from "Haunted Encounters:
Departed Family and Friends"
McDow Hole by Bob Hopkins
"The story of the McDow ghost became very popular by the end
of the 19th century ... many people would come to the water hole
hoping to get a glimpse of the specter." "With so many
sightings over so many years coupled with documented sightings of
those who died there, it is obvious that this story far exceeds
the status of mere myth or urban legend."
TALES: Ghost Towns and Town Ghosts
by Stephen Osmon
Town ghosts of Evanesce, Texas; and Coyotes’ Story of the Great
Eerie Demise of Johnny Horton by Clay Coppedge
"Despite Johnny Horton's wild-at-heart looks and voice, he
was a man haunted for years by ominous premonitions of his own death.
He often promised those close to him he would contact them from
beyond the grave."
Lady in Blue by Bob Bowman
For longer than anyone can remember, the story of “the lady
in blue” has existed on the fringes of East Texas history and religion.
Poltergeist by George Lester
Haunted Boots by George Lester
of the Oilwell by George Lester
in East Texas by Bob Bowman
The ghost of Bouton Lake, resident ghost in Lady Bird Johnson's
family home at Karnack, phantom of the opera in Nacogdoches, Diamond
Bessie in the Excelsior House, and more ghosts in East Texas cemeteries.
Road by Bob Bowman
"Does the lantern of a headless brakeman haunt Hardin
County's Ghost Road?..."
Favorite Ghost Story - San Antonio's Overworked Ghost Children
by Raoul Hashimoto
Light - A Brazoria County ghost tale by Murray Montgomery
Tales of Texas Ghosts" by Docia Schultz Williams. A book review
in the Graveyard, Texas Cemetery Tales" by Olyve Hallmark Abbott.
A book review
dog ghost in Stephenville by Mike Cox
Keeper of Seul Choix Point
by Ken Rudine
Ken and Yvonne Rudine recently toured forty-two lighthouses along
the shores of Lake Michigan. Like many places where mortals spend
a lot of time lighthouses are frequently thought to be haunted.
This is one such case.
Island on Mermentau River, A Slave Ship's Inhumanity
by W. T. Block ("Cannonball's Tales")
"... It was the story of 200 starving African slaves abandoned
on a marsh ridge on Mermentau River, where they were left to die
Ghost In The Bell Jar by Loyd Auerbach
from "A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium",
Atriad Press, 2005
House on Nikitski Pereulic by James L. Choron
A Russian ghost story
Little Hero by James L. Choron
"This isn't a "Texas" story, but it's one that I think Texans will
identify with. A "different kind of war story", it's one of the
saddest, but most heroic paranormal cases I've ever dealt with."
ghosts, spirits, legendary creatures, superstitions, UFOs... &
“Airship” at Aurora by Mike Cox
Photographed by Ken Rudine 1-15-14
Ghouls, Goblins, and other G Spots by Maggie Van Ostrand
On Halloween I usually conjure up run-of-the-mill ghosts, ghouls,
and goblins to scare little kids away so I don't have to share my
candy with them. This year, I've decided to actually contact a dead
celebrity instead, to find out how they're enjoying their afterlife
Night the Ghost Hounds Came by C. F. Eckhardt
"When I got outside the hounds had the house surrounded. I
could hear them baying in chase all around me. I could see nothing.
There was no movement in the grass, no shadows among the trees.
The brilliant moon showed a tranquil landscapebut all around
me were the sounds of hounds in chase..."
Superstitions by Bob Bowman 8-5-12
In early East Texas, the death of a family member or friend was
a serious event surrounded by traditional rituals, a lengthy period
of mourning and widespread respect for the deceased. Death was also
accompanied by a variety of superstitions, some of which are still
respected in the homes of our grandparents.
Poison Spring by Mike Cox 3-15-12
For as long as mankind has had the ability to tell and pass along
stories, springs and wells have provided a free-flowing source of
legend and lore...
For Graves & Witching For Water by Dana Goolsby
Some call it science others call it supernatural. Call it what you
will, dowsing has proven to be an effective method that has been
used for centuries to find underground objects of interest...
Texas Woolly Booger – Creature Seekers Beware by Dana Goolsby
East Texas is home to many creatures of the night that humans fear,
and occasionally claim to encounter. East Texas has given way to
Bigfoot sightings, alien encounters, and close calls with blood–sucking
In January Pineywoods Weatherlore by Dana Goolsby 1-27-12
Thunder in January means more than rumbling in the sky to many East
Texans. For many, many years East Texans have been predicting the
weather by trying to make heads or tails of signs from Mother Nature.
Black Beast of the Pineywoods by Dana Goolsby
Legends of black cats run deeper than a little superstition in East
Texas. Sightings of mysterious black panthers that scream like women
in the pine jungles are not at all uncommon in the Pineywoods...
Wolf Girl of Devil's River by Gary Humphreys
The story begins on the Chickamauga River in Georgia. John Dent
was a trapper working with his partner, Will Marlo...
Wolfman of Comstock
by Gary Humphreys 3-15-11
This is a true story told to me by my mother, during the fifties……
Folklore - Psychic Persimmons by Dana
Folklore reveals that superstitions about cutting
persimmon trees may help cure warts, cancer and even predict weather,
even Texas weather.
Monster of Port Isabel by Mike Cox
The monster showed up in the Gulf of Mexico off the small fishing
village of Port Isabel in the summer of 1938. That Aug. 10, in a
short article buried on a back page, the Brownsville Herald devoted
five paragraphs to “the sea monster that is attracting so much attention
in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”...
Entity by Ken Rudine
in East Texas by Bob Bowman
For years, people have claimed sightings of a large, human-like
creature in the thick woods of East Texas...
Girl by Mike Cox
When the boy returned home that day he told his parents a story
as horrifying as it was unbelievable.
I bet you never knew - and then some by Delbert Trew
Live Oaks and Dead Folks Cemetery Tour - 2009
Great Airship Mystery by C. F. Eckhardt
In 1896 and 1897 what had to be a lighter-than-air craft—a dirigible—was
seen by credible witnesses in California, Oregon, Washington, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, what became
Oklahoma ten years later, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri,
Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio...
from space? by Bob Bowman
Mysterious objects supposedly visiting Texas aren’t new. In the
late 1800s, several towns in East Texas experienced aerial phenomena.
UFO by Mike Cox
The January UFO sightings in Stephenville gave the national news
media a brief respite from politics and conferred on the town millions
of dollars in free advertising, but the Erath County incident isn’t
the Lone Star State’s first rodeo when it comes to mysterious objects
in the sky.
Wail of the Wampus Cat C. F. Eckhardt
The words ‘wampus cat’ usually denote a mythical bugbear or bugaboo
used to scare small children and the incredibly credulous. However,
for a period of about forty years—the 1920s through the mid-1950s—at
least in certain parts of Texas, a ‘wampus cat’ was something very
by Mike Cox
Does a zoologically unknown, blood-sucking creature prowl the South
Cattle Deaths’ Not So Mysterious by C. F. Eckhardt
In the news over the past several years there has been a rash of
‘mysterious’ deaths of livestock, most notably cattle. Apparently
the animals have been sucked dry of blood, as a general rule the
genitals have been cut out, apparently surgically, the eyes are
usually gone, often the tongue is gone, and the rectum has been
removed. These have been blamed on everything from UFOs to Satanic
cults. Apparently, they are the result of neither...
Lights and UFOs by Clay Coppedge
I've seen some weird things. But I never saw the Lubbock Lights.
They came along a couple of years before I was born, in 1951. As
far as I know, which isn't very far, they haven't returned but their
mystery and the legend surrounding the lights has never quite gone
Acton's Story C. F. Eckhardt
"...We headed for that light. It was slow going, but we made
progress-but when we got to it, there was no house. There was just
a glowing ball of light, maybe a foot or a foot and a half across,
in the branches of a little tree..."
Undead by Maggie Van Ostrand
Not only is Halloween right around the October corner, but
this week has a Friday the 13th in it. If that's not enough to get
your hackles raised, it's time to reconsider the Bridey Murphy Syndrome...
the 13th by Maggie Van Ostrand
"...Is the fear of Friday the 13th based on the fear of the
number thirteen itself?... Who were the three scariest guys to be
born on Friday the 13th?..."
old-time superstitions prevail by Delbert Trew
When I began asking friends about this subject I learned many early-day
superstitions are alive and well today.
Case of Beaumont's Missing Marble Corpse by W. T. Block, Jr.
It was July of 1901 in Beaumont, and the frenzy of oil excitement
rushed on unabated... In the midst of all the oil madness, there
emerged one of the strangest tales ever to unfold in the "sawdust
city," the case of Beaumont's missing corpse that had turned to
Corpses at Halloween by Maggie Van Ostrand
Men Don't Talk, But Dead Women Do by Maggie Van Ostrand
"...Who will be the Main Dead Person of 2005?
We nominate the still-great-though-dead Frida Kahlo..."
Oaks and Dead Folks
Columbus City Cemetery Tour
"Just because some of the more interesting people in Columbus
happen to be dead doesn't mean you can't get to know them."
Woman of the Navidad by Murray Montgomery
"The Navidad isn’t really much of a river, as rivers go – it’s
not very famous and can’t be compared to the stunning Guadalupe
or majestic Colorado, when it comes to beauty. But the little old
Navidad just might have a claim to fame that the others can’t equal.
You see, the Navidad has a past of mysterious and wild creatures,
of the two-legged variety, living along its winding path..."
Center by Mike Cox
The Punkin Center Phenomenon, and the old Irish folktale
about Jack-O’-Lantern, the enduring symbol
- Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-legged Beasties
by Elizabeth Bussey Sowdal
by Mike Cox
"Lechuzas have been scaring people in Mexico and South Texas
for a long time. ... Lechuzas are witches - brujas - who transform
themselves into birds...."
by Bob Bowman
Ghosts, witches, graves, black cats, Halloween, Friday the 13th...
"Never slam a door. You might hurt a ghost, who'll haunt you
for the rest of your life."
DELL, Tranquil setting belies past by Clay Coppedge
The principle set for the sequel to the movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
at the Baker Hotel Cloud Room
may be a ghost - but it isn't dead."
Tarrant County Investigators of the Paranormal, June 13, 2006
Haunting in San Antonio
I am seeking your help in locating information. As a former long-time
resident of San Antonio, I am familiar with many of the local legends
about ghosts and the like. I know all about the "haunted" train
tracks, and the optical illusion responsible for the phenomenon,
I remember tales of Midget Mansion (actually hiked up that way a
time or two), and I have heard fascinating, and rather scary, stories
of the ghostly activities in the old Hertzberg Circus Museum. More
specifically, I have heard tales of what occured in the basement,
used at least at the time by the library for storage. The mother
of a personal friend of my brother actually worked in that basement,
and had her own stories to tell. Cases of a man in dark/black clothing,
often very threatening, books moving, being "grabbed" by nothing
visible, and more. While looking around online for these old stories,
I found many of them, but can locate nothing on the circus/library
building. I did visit the museum there once, and only once, and
was rather uncomfortable, for lack of a better word, the entire
time. I am hoping that you might have some information on this "haunting".
Thank you. - Deborah Fisher, May 25, 2006
City - Main Street landmark building
Soldier or Under the Overpass at Alice -Melisa Sammons
Hello, I question why not one of your featured writers of ghost
articles has failed to investigate downtown Houston`s
most noted haunting... "The Old Downtown Houston Library" rumor
has it that an old caretaker lived in the basement of that building
with his dog... this caretaker loved to play his violin (fiddle)
after hours.... He no longer is alive.... but the tunes he played
can still be heard softly coming from the basement... this story
was reported 20 maybe 25 years ago.... I have not heard anything
of it since.. however I did see it featured on a TV program, but
i don't recall which.. Could have been "Unsolved Mysteries".....
but I may be wrong........If you go to the old Library... they won't
let you down into the basement if your only a visitor... but I think
that someone with credentials can surely gain access.. And write
a story that needs to be told. Thanks for this website, its GREAT!!!
- Chris M Bird, August 10, 2005
Jails and Jail Museums in Texas
Shannan Yarbrough, Fredericksburg Chamber Assistant, March 11, 2005
My wife and
I live in Mission, Tx. One time we heard a story that there was
a chapel that was haunted. Now this place is located about three
miles south of Mission in a town called Madero. One night my wife,
a couple of friends from Houston and I decided to go and see if
this was true. It was around 11 p.m. when we got there and saw this
big chapel with a balcony. The gates were closed and it look like
it has been abandoned for a while. The first thing we saw was a
man standing in the balcony with his arms wide open. We all got
scared and quickly started to drive off. Suddenly a very big noise
came about and we saw a light flashing in our windshield. We really
had never believed in ghosts, but this was something very special.
- R Reyna, March 14, 2003
I was born
and raised in Beaumont and heard many stories about the "ghost"
of Saratoga.... A friend of mine once told me that her car
was actually attacked and dented by an unseen force when she was
in Saratoga. .... On a double-date, I was taken out there late at
night, but nothing occurred. ... I would like to know more of the
story (legend), whether it be true or not. ... - Thank you, Rhoda
W., January 02, 2002
Haunted McDonald's in Cuero
Levelland High School Ghosts