Halloween means different things to different people. Some prefer the funny costumes, trying to get everyone to laugh. Others prefer to represent the scary side of Halloween, dressed as skeletons, zombies and monsters. Since we are in the business of travel, we thought we would take a few minutes to explore a few of the scariest areas of Texas. Some of these are proven, some are not, so it is up to you to take a chance, hit the road and see it for yourself!
Stagecoach Road in Harrison County
The Stagecoach Road near Marshall was once a main traffic area when traveling between Marshall and Shreveport. Because traveling the dirt road was not ideal, weekly arrivals of stage coaches was an exciting feature in Marshall. Stagecoach Road was used through the Civil War, but stagecoaches stopped service shortly after. Now, Stagecoach Road has brought thrill seekers from around Texas to see if the scary stories are true about this mysterious area. Many different experiences have been recorded while driving down this road, ranging from seeing strange lights off the road to seeing a horse-drawn stagecoach riding around. There have even been reports that if you park your car for 10 or more minutes under the old bridge, you will see hand prints in the dust on your car. Some of the most bizarre encounters include seeing the East Texas Bigfoot and the Goatman! Next time you are feeling adventurous, take a drive and let us know what you encounter.
The Baker Hotel
The Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells was opened to the public in 1929 and was one of the most extravagant hotels in Texas. It was the first hotel in the state to have a pool and the first skyscraper to be built outside a major metropolitan area. It served the Mineral Wells community for 30 years before closing its doors in 1972. Stories of ghosts started long before it closed its doors, however. One of the most well-known ghosts in the building is a woman on the seventh floor. The first sighting was in the 1950’s by a hotel worker. This woman is believed to be the mistress of the hotel manager who committed suicide at the hotel by jumping off the top of the building. Some also say that you could still smell her lavender perfume when staying in her room. In 2010, plans were announced for a private equity group to purchase the hotel, restore it and open it back up to the public – so you still might have a chance to see the ghosts for yourself!
Elder Street Artist Lofts
Elder Street Artist Lofts are located in a renovated building that was once Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston. This building was built in 1924 and through the years has had many different roles in the community from the hospital to housing juvenile delinquents before becoming completely vacant in 1985. Prior to the hospital building being built in 1924, the land was used as a cemetery for Civil War soldiers, former slaves and victims of yellow fever and cholera. After the building was vacant in the 1980’s, people started reporting shadowy figures roaming around and hearing children crying. They also said you could smell disinfectant chemicals as you entered the building. In the early 2000s, the building was restored into the artist lofts that are currently there. Since the latest restoration, there haven’t been as many reports of haunted experiences – or at least they aren’t as common as they once were.
Those are only a few of the most haunted places in Texas, there are many more to discover! Next time you are planning a road trip, take a chance and check one or two out. In the meantime, we hope you have a very safe and happy Halloween!
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