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Hauntings in San Antonio, TX

Updated on October 10, 2011

Hauntings, Ghosts And Legends

I am sure everywhere in the world there are stories of haunting and ghosts. San Antonio is no different. I never realized that there were so many in the San Antonio area. I will be telling you about a few of them. They even have tours to take you to some of these places. I will give links for those also.

Whenever I think of San Antonio, I think of the Riverwalk. Every time my mother would come down to visit us, this and Pancho's Mexican Buffet were the two places that she wanted to go.

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Ghost Tracks of San Antonio
Ghost Tracks of San Antonio

Ghost Tracks Of San Antonio

Shane and Villamin Roads

This is a legend of a school bus full of kids that was struck by a train on a railroad crossing. Legend has it that if you stop your car in the middle of the tracks that the ghostly hands of the little children push you off the track to keep you from being struck by a train also. Some people have put baby powder on the bumpers of their cars and swear that the hand prints of the little children can be seen in the powder. The streets around the area have children's names. Of course, there are other versions of this legend.

If you ever get to San Antonio, maybe you could join the others that go there to see and feel everything for yourself.

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More Information On - Hauntings In San Antonio, TX

There are quite a few ghost sitings in this lovely high-class hotel. I will just be mentioning a few of them.

The first that people like to talk about is a ghost of Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt used to love to stay at the Menger Hotel. It is said that his ghost will ring a buzzer in the lobby (which has been disconnected for years) long and hard like he used to.

On the third floor, an elderly gentleman is seen to be walking down the hall and then mysteriously disappear. The area that he disappears into is where the door to the King Suite used to be. This ghosts is thought to be Captain Richard King who was there quite a bit during his life and his funeral was held in the parlor upon his death.

On the fourth floor, you can find the ghost of Sallie White. She was very diligent about her job as a maid. After her husband killed her, she continued to haunt the floors of the hotel making sure the guests were comfortable. She can sometimes be seen carrying towels to a room which never get delivered or with a feather duster or broom. She is described by people that see her as a woman with a long skirt and a bandana around her forehead. This used to be the uniform of that era for the maids.

You could see an apparition of a man in a buckskin jacket and gray pants sitting on your bed having a heated conversation with someone you cannot see. He says "Are you gonna stay or are you gonna go?" three times and then disappears. That would be something to tell your grandchildren about.

We are not done yet. I have one last one for you. Imagine a woman sitting in a chair knitting and when you go to ask her if she is ok, getting yelled "NO!" at and then the woman disappears. That would be a real shocker. Apparently this has happened to people who work there and are trying to make the customers comfortable.

There are supposed to be many more tales of ghosts in this hotel. They say to just ask Ernesto Malacara, the Menger's Director of Public Relations. He can tell you about the 32 or more ghosts in the Menger Hotel.

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Our Next Stop....The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza

Yes, with it's bloody past, the Alamo has its share of ghosts also. Again, I will be telling you about a few of them.

The very first ghost story took place right after the last battle when Mexico took it over. The General ordered that the place be dismantled. It was said that ghostly hands came out of the walls and that a loud voice told them that they were not to tear down the walls of the mission or face death. It was thought that they had seen the ghosts of the builders of the Alamo.

They say that many people have seen a man in a dark cape that looks real until someone talks to him and he just disappears. An apparition of a young cowboy dressed in Western Attire has been seen. There have been many sitings in the Alamo area. These are thought to be all the casualties from the bloody history of the Alamo.

If you come by San Antonio, by all means stop by and check out the Alamo in the evening.

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Let's See What Videos Are Available - On The Haunting Of The Alamo

Let's Wrap Up This Tour

Of The Hauntings Of San Antonio

Ok, I did not cover all of the hauntings. There are quite a few left. You have the donkey lady bridge, Black Swan Inn, Midget Mansion, Terrell Hills Ghosts, Chupacabra, and a potential of many more ghosts and hauntings. I have read all of these and they are interesting. You might try Googling each one of these if you are interested.

Are they real or are they fake? It is hard to tell but many of these have been going on for a long time.

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Some Videos For The Ghosts Of San Antonio - That I Did Not Cover

The Alamo
The Alamo

Haunted Weekend In San Antonio, TX

November 11-12, 2011

This tour sounds really cool. No, I am not associated with them in any way but thought some of you might be interested in this tour.

You will stay 2 nights in the Menger Hotel mentioned above. You will have a ghost hunt at the Alamo as well as the Menger Hotel. They have added a tour of the Black Swan Inn at nighttime. This sounds like a very well planned out tour for those of you who like to go ghost hunting.

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      3 years ago

      I stayed at The Menger when I went to San Antonio for a coferennce a while back. It was awesome - but we also did not see any ghosts. I was only there for two nights, but would love to go back to explore some more!

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      5 years ago

      @DANCING COWGIRL: You are welcome. I hope to show more in the future.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I've stayed at the beautiful Menger Hotel. I have heard some stories but didn't experience any ghost while I was there. Thanks for showing off a little of Texas!

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: The train track haunting is supposedly a myth. I watched it on mythbusters and they said that your car will move because the road by the track is sloping downhill. I've never been there to try it out, but I really want to!

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      6 years ago

      Whew, I got chills everywhere on those little hand reaching up to push your car off the tracks, I don't think I've ever had that happen ever before!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      BOO! Spooky lens, and a great place to view ghosts. Maybe someday I'll get to go there and check out these haunted places. Thanks for sharing!

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      Heather Burns 

      7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wow, are you from San Antonio? My family is there...I went to MacArthur High there, and UT Austin. I have a lens about San Antonio too, called My San Antonio. but getting back to you , love this lens. The Menger hotel is infamous. A horrible murder took place there when I was growing up and they never found the killer. I stay away from that place.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for sharing this with me. Blessed and added to my Angel Blessings to Spooksville lens.

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      7 years ago from Rhode Island

      I enjoy learning of ghosts and haunted places wonderful lens

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      sidther lm 

      7 years ago

      So cool! I will try the baby powder trick... the railroad crossing is maybe 25 minutes from my house! I never felt anything spooky at the Alamo, but every time we have been there it has been for a ceremony for my husband. Thank you for sharing these hauntings in San Antonio!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! I have chills seeing and reading about these Hauntings in San Antonio, Tx. I would love to take this tour but would be very frightened, I'm sure. We have some ghosts around where I live in Pendleton SC but not near as many as you have in San Antonio. I have always wanted to visit the Alamo. Maybe one day.


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