Texas is known for its rich history. However, much of that history is more sinister than it seems. In honor of Halloween, we've compiled a list of some of the state's most haunted historical properties.
3. Presidio La Bahía – Goliad
Constructed in 1747, this South Texas Spanish fort is known for the part it played in the Texas Revolution—namely the Battle of Goliad and the Goliad Massacre. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1967.
But the fort's brutal history has led to rumors of several apparitions haunting the property. A woman in mourning attire is said to appear at the offering table of the fort's Our Lady of Loreto chapel, while another woman in white wanders the courtyard, searching the graves for a loved one's name.
A robed friar also patrols the chapel, which is haunted by the sounds of crying babies, a church organ, a women's choir, and randomly sounding bells.
Other spirits in the presidio include phantoms in the officers' quarters, particularly Texas Colonel James Fannin, who was killed while held prisoner by Mexican General José de Urrea. At sunset, some have seen spirits on the quad where Fannin and his men were executed. Vultures still flock to this area inexplicably.
2. The White Sanitarium – Wichita Falls
Some of the creepiest stories at least partially take place in psychiatric hospitals, like Shutter Island, "American Horror Story: Asylum," and A Clockwork Orange. But what's even scarier is this real-life horror show.
Frank S. White opened his sanitarium in Wichita Falls in 1926. His outlook on mental health was actually quite modern, as he believed his facility should be a home, not a prison. However, it has long been rumored that strange experiments were conducted there until it closed in the 1950s.
Years later, the building became a frequent haunt for teenagers, who claimed to see crazy-looking apparitions in the windows or floating, smoking ends of lit cigarettes in the halls. Visitors say they've seen ghosts playing cards or flickering lights (though that may be due to old electric wiring). Others have heard crying women and laughing children.
The Jazz Age building is now an apartment complex; those residents must be brave to sleep in such a haunted property!
1. Yorktown Memorial Hospital - Yorktown
Yorktown in DeWitt County is a charming little city with a plethora of historic sites. One of them is the Yorktown Memorial Hospital, a foreboding structure known as one of the state's most haunted buildings.
Opened by the Felician Sisters of the Roman Catholic Church in 1951, the hospital was eventually put out of business by another hospital that opened in Cuero. It later served a short two-year stint as a drug rehabilitation center until its closure in 1988.
The hospital was said to have lost over 500 patients in a six-year span and 2,000 during its 35-plus-year operation. One of the doctors was known for his fatal mistakes during operations, and some believe those errors weren't always accidents.
Apparitions in the building include a mechanic named Doug Richards and TJ, a drug addict who died on the steps of the building while seeking help. There are also rumors of a love triangle that turned deadly in the boiler room. The most violent of the spirits are the nuns, who are known to choke, scratch, or bite visitors, particularly those with tattoos.
However, not all the specters are nefarious. Stacy, a friendly little girl, can be seen and heard playing in the basement hallways. She can also be enticed to enter the library with her favorite book, The Pokey Little Puppy.
There are many more Texas ghost stories, but we'll end it there. If you're looking for more spooky stories, check out another Mixed-Use blog post, “Three haunted Texas properties that'll make your spine tingle."
What haunted Texas property is your favorite? Let us know by tweeting us @TexRec or commenting on our Facebook page. We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!
Source: Haunted Rooms America