Load up the car and get out your GPS. The month of October sees the days grow shorter, the temperature’s starting to drop, and the Halloween season kicks off. So in this case, “GPS” stands for “Ghost, Poltergeist, & Spirits”! Pack your bags! We’re going to show you some great places to take the family for a little spooky fun this month (and every month).
Presidio La Bahia – Goliad
Goliad saw its share of bloody battles during the Texas Revolution making it one of the bloodiest war zones in history. Known for the Battle of Goliad and the Goliad Massacre, many angry, troubled souls are apparently still here and can be heard in the night. Annually in March there’s even a reenactment of the Battle of Goliad to give you an idea of the carnage.
The Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía is a National Historic Landmark located one mile south of Goliad State Historical Park on U.S. 183 one mile south of Goliad, Texas on U.S. Highway 183.
The Baker Hotel – Mineral Wells
The Baker Hotel, owned by TD Baker, opened the doors in 1929 in Mineral Wells. The beautiful 14 floor, 450 room, hotel used the local mineral water to attract the masses, including many celebrities such as The Three Stooges and Bonnie & Clyde. People came from near and far for the healing waters, but many never left.
Legend has it that many spirits haunt its halls, including TD Baker himself. The 11th floor of the hotel houses the TD Baker suite where the owner passed away and many guests report the smell of cigar smoke which is a clue TD may be around. TD Baker was also thought to have had a mistress whom he kept on the 7th floor who supposedly jumped from the window of the 7th floor to her death. Quite a few visitors have spotted the spirit of the mistress. Her red hair, piercing green eyes, and the smell of her lavender perfume is unmistakable. She was first seen in the 1950s by a hotel worker.
The hotel went bankrupt with the market crash of the Great Depression, but struggled to stay open and changed hands a few times before finally closing for good in 1972. Recently it was announced that a $65 million dollar effort has been undertaken to renovate and reopen the 232,000 square foot building which should be a boon to the town of 15,000. So if you’re not into traipsing around in a dark, dirty, worn down hotel, you might want to wait until it reopens in 2022.
Marfa Lights – Marfa
If you’re in west Texas, this is a must do. Though not always visible, the Marfa Lights have puzzled people for decades. Are they eerie orbs from haunted beings? UFOs? No one realy knows so you’ll have to make your own determination. The Marfa Lights have been observed near U.S. Route 67 on Mitchell Flat, east of Marfa, Texas.
The Ghost Road/Bragg Light – Saratoga
Since we’re on the subject of lights, how about an eerie light that may be from a beheaded train conductor? The Bragg Light, sometimes referred to as the Sarasota Light, is in southeast Texas in “The Big Thicket”
The road itself looks eerie no matter the time of day, with trees looming over it, beckoning to drivers to continue until they’re engulfed into a dark abyss. It used to be a railroad used for logging, and legend has it that a brakeman lost his head in a tragic accident years ago and roams the area to this day searching for it. The mysterious orb is from his ghostly lantern.
So no matter what direction you head out, you can always find a ghostly adventure somewhere in the haunted hills and hollers of Texas, you just have to look for them