Haunted - Texas
Texas is a massive place and has something for just about everyone. There are major metropolitan areas and vast stretches of wilderness; deserts, beaches, swamps, plains, woodlands and even a handful of volcanoes. Texas also has its fair share of ghosts. With millions living and dieing within it's borders, how could it not. While every place has it's own stories and legends to tell, today I will be focusing on my home state. For those who are looking for something out of the ordinary in a place to visit, I hope this helps. For all the rest, I hope you like a good ghost story.
Miss Molly's Bed & Breakfast
Built in 1910, the original name was The Palace Rooms. Fort Worth was in the middle of a cattle boom and the town was growing quickly. This was considered the place to stay for business at the time. It offered a respectable atmosphere and was a meeting place for many of the wealthy. Its fall from grace didn't come until prohibition. During this time ownership changed hands and it was renamed The Oasis. At this point a speakeasy was opened and the patrons were more than willing to continue visiting. Though no "respectable" business was still conducted within it's walls. By the 1940s the boarding house had become a bordello called The Gayatte Hotel. This new status brought a very dangerous crowd and more than one person didn't survive a night there. Eventually this type of business was made illegal and the ownership changed hands again. The building was renovated and it received it's current name. The ground floor is a restaurant called Star Cafe, the rest is the bed and breakfast.
Every area of the building has reports of paranormal activity. The activity itself ranges from things disappearing to full body apparitions. Doors and windows are said to open on their own. Toilets flush themselves and showers turn off and on. The ghost of a little girl is said to haunt the owners private room and many guest claim to have been woken in the middle of the night by a woman sitting at the foot of their bed. One spirit keeps tipping the staff who clean the rooms, one woman was so disturbed by this that she quit and refuses to come back.
Alamo Street Restaurant and Theater
The building was built in 1912 as the home of the Alamo Methodist Church until 1968. It stood empty except for the homeless until 1976, when the Larsens baught it. The bottom floor rooms were converted into a restaurant and the Green Room Dinner Theatre. A stage was added though the European style stained glass windows and pressed tin ceiling are preserved. Many ghosts are said to call this place home but the most well known are Margaret Gething and Eddie. Margret is believed to be an actress who died the year before the property was purchased. She is often spotted watching the performers practice and has supposedly spoken with a few people. Eddie is a boy who is belived to be attached to a wheelchair that was purchased for a performance. He has been seen running along the halls and likes to play pranks on people. At one point a picture of Margaret was added to the building and then added to. It is believed that Eddie was feeling left out and decided to add his own face to the work.
The USS Lexington CV-16 is an Essex Class World War 2 aircraft carrier that is now used as a memorial aircraft carrier museum. Considering this ships history, it is no wonder that stories of hauntings continue. It is believed that some of the young men who died on this ship never left. Most are said to be friendly and helpful. One such story involves a group of painters who contracted to repaint a large room. After working all morning they took a lunch break, leaving everything behind them in the half finished room. When they all got back they were surprised to find the room completely finished. Another spirit likes to offer tours, though he never finishes them. A Japanese soldier has been spotted on several occasions, he is believed to have died in one of the 4 major attacks on the ship.
Built in 1929 as a getaway for the upper class. Just three weeks after it open the great depression hit, though it didn't slow it down. This hotel offered almost every kind of pampering a place like this could offer at the time. Two spa's, two swimming pools, a gym, a ballroom and many different shops. It also provided a way for the wealthy to gamble, an illegal activity in Texas, and discreet places to drink during prohibition. It wasn't until the mid 1950s that business started to slow. In 1963 the hotel closed due to repairs that need to be done. It reopened in 1965, but only lasted another 8 years. It closed it's doors for good one year after the owner died.
A young boy in a wheelchair has been spotted moving about, but he disappears when anyone gets close. People who are alone in the lobby hear someone in high heels walking by, but no one is there. Windows appear to open on their own to people passing on the street. People on tours claim to have heard big band music playing, though when it is investigated no source can be found.
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This place was built in 1922 as an open air public swimming pool, but after 2 years a ceiling was added so that people could swim year round. In 1926 someone bought the property and converted it over to a dancing hall. Big bands were hired and people paid for each turn on the floor. The building was also rented out for various occasions to provide an extra income. During the great depression ownership changed hands again. The building was remodeled, renamed and expanded, it now held a cafe. The new look and addition drew many more people than it had previously and The Nat Dine and Dance Palace became a place to see and be seen. By the 1960s the dancing hall was closed, though it was still used for the community around it. In 1994, The Nat was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1995 it was declared a Texas Historical Landmark.
Ever location has good and bad stories, but most of the memories from this place seem to be happy ones; along with most of the ghosts. A woman dressed in 1930s clothing has been seen walking around with a big smile on her face and a wine stain on her dress. When the occasional concert is held, ghostly couples can be seen dancing with everyone else. The old advertisement "Monty McGee and His Orchestra" has been painted over many times, but it keeps bleeding through.
Our memories are we can ever truly have of our past. We may have trinkets or some other objects, but they all take us back to a time and a place that was different than where we are now. Can we become so attached to a place that we choose to spend years after our physical death there. Or can our lives end so suddenly that we don't know we're dead. I have often wondered this, though the only way to know for sure is by passing away, something I have no intention of doing for several more decades. So I'll keep wondering, hold on to my memories and hope that I can dwell in the good one, and not be trapped by the bad.
© 2014 Katrina