October has dawned fresh and rainy here in Central Texas. For those of you who yearn for spooky side of the season I have done the research for you. We are lucky to have several scary tales and haunted areas for you to visit. For those that missed out on buying tickets for the walking tour provided by Temple, fear not, let me give you a round-up of top spine-tingling attractions.
Let’s begin this in Waco. Two years ago Lindsey Hollow Rd made the coveted number 5 spot on most haunted streets in the US. It is a story of two brothers who were lynched by a mob for cattle rustling. There have been tales of seeing them swinging by the trees in the moonlight, and chains rattling in the darkness. You can find the street at the end of North 5th in Waco near the zoo.
At UMHB in Belton there have been numerous unexplained happenings in Presser Hall. A young girl has been seen, doors will end up locked or open, a piano will play itself on occasion. There is also a house in Belton that was the site for the jail. It is known for having been one of the worst massacres in Texas history. A vigilante of 103 masked men descended on the jail in May of 1874. The home is widely considered haunted.
Maxdale Cemetery and bridge south of Killeen have spooky tales. In the cemetery you can find the former grounds caretaker, limping along his as he does his nightly tasks. On the bridge, which I understand is closed and is a state landmark, there are rumors that a man can be seen hanging from the bridge. It is said that he had been unable to save his girlfriend, whom had drowned there.
On Fort Hood there are numerous residences that have reported ghostly presences. Some have left nothing more than a feeling of being watched, some have cast dark shadows where there shouldn’t be one. One woman who lived in McNair Village claimed to have extremely vivid dreams of another family living in the house, repeatedly.
Down in Salado there is a famous ghost at Stagecoach Inn. Sam Houston is said to frequent the balcony. He is one of many rumored famous guests the inn hosted at one point. In the 1920’s and 30’s a rumor began that there was gold to be found too. A local mine was said to have gold in it and eventually it transformed into someone hiding the gold in the inn.
While out enjoying a spook or fright, please remember to be courteous and respectful to these haunts. Not just the ghosts reside and treasure these landmarks and locals.