Everything’s bigger in Texas — even the number of ghost stories to keep us up at night.
There are a lot of places in the biggest state in the Lower 48, so it makes sense that there are a lot of haunted places. These dirt roads, bridges and other creepy places are the stuff of sleepless nights.
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U.S.S. Lexington – Corpus Christi
2914 N Shoreline Blvd.
There’s a reason why people have called the Lexington Museum on the Bay one of the most haunted places in America.
There are things that cannot be explained on the decommissioned World War II aircraft carrier, including ghostly touches and shadowy figures roaming the decks.
Charles “Rusty” Reustle, director of operations and exhibits, said the museum receives hundreds of reports of “supernatural” activity each year.
Among the most famous sightings are a sailor dressed in uniform helping lost guests find their way back to the deck and a sailor in the engine room giving a lecture on how the turbines work before vanishing into thin air.
Want to see the ghosts of Lady Lex yourself? Take a paranormal tour of spaces around the ship where sightings or activity have been reported or stay overnight to investigate yourselves. Guests can reserve their group tour at the sales office at 361-888-5873 ext. 305.
Presidio La Bahía – Goliad
217 U.S. Highway 183
The Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreta de Bahía, known more commonly as Presidio La Bahía was a fort constructed by the Spanish Army in 1747.
It is best known for playing one of the biggest roles in the Texas Revolution — namely, the Battle of Goliad in 1835 and the Goliad Massacre in 1836.
Legend has it, a woman in white wanders the fort’s courtyard, searching the graves for a name that can’t be found. Other ghostly tales include the sounds of cannon fire, banging on the walls in the officers quarters and the smell of blood in the quadrangle, near the chapel’s courtyard.
Want to stay the night at this historical fort? Guests are welcomed to stay the night in the Quarters at Presidio La Bahía for $200 plus tax a night. The space features a queen bed, two twin beds and a full kitchen. Visitors can even walk the grounds at night.
To make a reservation call 361-645-3752 or fill out this online form at www.presidiolabahia.org.
Jefferson Hotel – Jefferson
124 W Austin St.
The city of Jefferson is said to be one of the most haunted small towns in Texas. But the Jefferson Hotel, which was built in the 1890s, is considered to be the hotbed of the city’s “paranormal” activity.
Guests have experienced whispers from nowhere, knocks on walls and headboards, the smell of cigar smoke, children laughing and faucets turning on water on their own accord.
Some of the most haunted guest rooms at the hotel are Room 5, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24.
Want to stay at this hotel? Book a night at the Jefferson Hotel at 903-665-2631.
Yorktown Memorial Hospital – Yorktown
728 W Main St.
Founded by the Felician Sisters of the Roman Catholic Church in 1950, the Yorktown Memorial Hospital served as a rehabilitation center for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse.
But these days the former hospital is no longer operational, abandoned and decaying. Some people think the ghosts of those who died at the hospital are still roaming around.
Some people have reported seeing large black apparitions with red, glowing eyes, evil spirits and eerie electric voice phenomena recordings.
Want to see if the hospital is really haunted? Book a tour at www.hauntedrooms.com
Marfa lights – Marfa
U.S. Route 67 on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa
The mysterious glowing orbs that appear in the desert outside of Marfa have mystified people for generations.
Reportedly, the Marfa Lights hover, merge, twinkle, split into two, flicker, float up into the air or dart quickly across Mitchell Flat.
There seems to be no way to predict when the lights will appear; they’re seen in various weather conditions, but only a dozen or so nights a year. Some have attributed the lights to aliens, the wandering ghosts of Spanish conquistadors or just an illusion.
Goatman’s Bridge – Denton
Built in 1884, the Old Alton Bridge, also known as Goatman’s Bridge, originally carried horses and later automobiles over Hickory Creek at a location that once was a popular ford for crossing cattle.
But legend has it, a legendary demonic satyr is believed to inhabit the forest surrounding the area. Some say a black goat farmer who moved his family to a residence just north of the bridge was also killed by Klansman who haunts the bridge.
Locals warn that if you cross the bridge at night without headlights, you will be met on the other side by the Goatman. Ghostly figures and strange lights are said to also appear in the surrounding woods, as well as reports of visitors being touched, grabbed, and having rocks thrown at them.
Driskill Hotel – Austin
604 Brazos St.
Located in the heart of downtown Austin, the Driskill hotel is probably best known for its rich history and its proximity to Sixth Street.
But the 130-year-old building also is known to have a haunted past.
Ghosts that have been spotted throughout the hotel’s grand hallways and rooms include those of original owner and cattle baron Jesse Driskill, a jilted bride, and a young girl.
Want to stay at this hotel? Book a room at The Driskill hotel at 512-439-1234 or at driskillhotel.com
Demon’s Road – Huntsville
Bowden Rd. near 4658 Farm-to-Market Road 1374
Located among the back roads of Huntsville, Bowden Road, otherwise known as Demon’s Road, has earned a name for itself as being one of the most haunted places in Texas.
Travelers who make their way down the dirt road towards Martha Chapel Cemetery have seen strange sightings of red lights, hand prints on cars, an apparition of a young child, hitchhiking ghosts and other spirits following them home.
Some have even claimed shape-shifting demons known as Jinnat, best known as genies, haunt the road and cemetery’s grounds.
Hotel Galvez – Galveston
2024 Seawall Blvd.
At first sight, Hotel Galvez looks like any other grand hotel. It has a fancy spa, nice pool and gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico. But some say the hundred-year-old hotel has a haunted past that will send chills down your spine.
Rumor has it the hotel is haunted by a ghostly woman who is said to have jumped off an armoire and strangled herself to death in room 505. Guests can stay in the room but some never make it through an entire night.
Want to stay at this hotel? Book a night at Hotel Galvez at www.wyndhamhotels.com.
De Soto Hotel – El Paso
309 E Mills Ave.
The De Soto Hotel has stood tall in downtown El Paso for more than 100 years, welcoming guests from all walks of life.
But in the case of this Texas hotel, some guests are not even living.
Some say they have seen a shadow in one of the hotel’s abandoned hallways that can only be seen on video, accompanied by an eerie voice, a playful spirit of a young girl known as Sara. And then there’s the basement, which is said to be home to “something truly demonic.”
Local tales speak of a history of Satanic worship occurring in the basement of the De Soto. People passing through have reported tales of feeling watched and unwelcome as well as being attacked with scratches, bites, pinches and hits by an unknown entity.
The hotel’s haunted history even got the attention from Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.“
Want to stay at this hotel? Book a night at De Soto Hotel at 915-533-5595.
Baker Hotel – Mineral Wells
200 E Hubbard St.
In 1929, the Baker Hotel opened its doors to travelers from across the country as a “top tier health spa destination.” Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Glenn Miller and future U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson made a stop at the hotel.
But after closing its doors in 1972, the Baker has stood mostly abandoned and slowly decaying in the heart of Mineral Wells.
Since then, some have said the once glamorous hotel is haunted by guests who never left and some who fell to their death while exploring the abandoned building.
The hotel was featured in Bio’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories” with a story of actor Eric Balfour’s alleged paranormal experience.
Thinking about staying at this hotel? The Baker Hotel & Spa will get a revival and undergo renovations before opening its doors once again in late 2022.
Donkey Lady Bridge – San Antonio
The Donkey Lady Bridge, which is located 30 miles southwest of San Antonio, has one of the most interesting ghost stories in the state.
There have been dozens of tales about the ghostly tale but the most popular version follows the story of a woman who raised donkeys.
According to a 2006 article in the San Antonio Express-News, one of the donkeys bit a child, angering the child’s father.
The father and other men ambushed the woman and one of her donkeys on a bridge. The donkey and the woman supposedly fell into the river and drowned.
According to the legend, if you drive to either of the one-lane bridges at night to the area the incident was said to have happened and turn off your engine, you might hear the hee-haw of a donkey or a human imitating the sound.
Magnolia Hotel – Seguin
203 S Crockett St.
Built in 1840, the Magnolia Hotel began as a two-room log cabin before transforming into Seguin’s “largest and most elegant hotel” during the 20th century.
But the inn has earned a new name now as “the most haunted hotel in Texas” and the hotel’s owners Erin and Jim Ghedi claim that there are 13 ghosts haunting the building, according to the hotel’s website.
The hotel has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” “Ghost Aventures After Shock,” “Nick Groff’s Tour,” the Discovery Channel’s “When Ghosts Attack,” Destination America’s “Ghost Brothers,” PBS’ “Strange Towns” and more.
Want to stay at this hotel? Book a room at the Magnolia Hotel on www.airbnb.com
Meagan Falcon covers entertainment, things to do and trending news in South Texas. Consider supporting local journalism with a digital subscription to the Caller-Times.