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Ghosts, Haunted Places Part of 'Weird Texas'
WOAI ^ | 10/28/05

Posted on 10/28/2005 8:28:35 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana

Ghosts, Haunted Places Part of "Weird Texas" LAST UPDATE: 10/28/2005 6:28:16 PM This story is available on your cell phone at mobile.woai.com.

This tale begins with a larger-than-life bronze statue of Christ, arms outstretched, resting atop a concrete pedestal above a family plot in the tree-lined gloom of the Oakwood Cemetery.

The statue's hands are palms up during the day. At night, so the tale goes, the statue's palms turn downward. And, the eyes follow any movement in the graveyard, home to the remains of Sam Houston, the father of Texas.

Known to locals as the "Black Jesus" because the bronze quickly weathered to ebony years ago, the sculpture marks the grave of prominent Texas lawyer Benjamin Harrison Powell, who died in 1960.

The yarn is featured in "Weird Texas," a new book of legends, mysteries, oddities, haunted places and ghostly tales of the state.

Over nearly 300 pages, the trio of writers Wesley Treat, of Arlington; Bob Riggs, of Austin; and Heather Shade, of El Paso, cover one end of Texas to the other in pursuit of unexplained phenomena, quirks and oddballs.

"Texas is an eccentric state," said Treat, who supplements his writing as a photographer and occasional actor. "Few people would disagree Texas has its own personality, quite a few eccentric people, a lot of tall tales, a lot of braggers. So stories get around."

Stories like a lost gold mine near El Paso. The crash of an alien airship in 1897 outside Aurora, north of Fort Worth. Ghost lights at Marfa in West Texas and in the Big Thicket of East Texas.

"I don't like to write about things I haven't personally visited," said Treat, 31. "I'll actually go and visit these things, track down people or local experts and talk to them. That's part of the fun, finding out real stories."

The book, an offspring of New Jersey publishers Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, who turned their "Weird NJ" magazine into a "Weird U.S." book, includes a disclaimer that says while the authors attempted to present a historical record of legends and folklore, many of the anecdotes couldn't be independently confirmed or corroborated.

"Some of it's complete myth, urban legends," Treat said. "But some have a ring of truth to it."

Some of the truthful weird sites and phenomenon are easy to verify - like the thousands of Mexican bats that fly out from under the Congress Avenue bridge over Austin's Town Lake during warm nights, or the famed Cadillac Ranch, where 10 classic Cadillacs are buried face down, tail-ends up in a wheat field near Amarillo.

Others, however, require some imagination, which adds to the mystery.

Ghost sightings, for example, are plentiful in Texas, from the Lockhart firehouse, the railroad tracks in San Antonio, White Rock Lake near Dallas to the ghost nun of Loretto's Tower in El Paso and the Ring of Ghosts in Brazoria.

Ghosts apparently haunt Waco's Cameron Park, where supposedly a pair of horse thieves were hanged in trees by vigilantes, and at Arlington's Screaming Bridge tombstones reportedly glow in the Trinity River where a carload of teenagers were killed in a traffic accident in 1961.

The book's section on "creepy crypts and telltale tombs" tells the tale about the glowing grave in Kilgore of Karen Silkwood, a whistleblowing union activist and the subject of the movie "Silkwood" who mysteriously died in a 1974 traffic wreck in Oklahoma, and the concrete grave marker of a woman in a fetal position over a plot in the Old Fairview Cemetery in the Panhandle town of Memphis. What's weird about this one is no one's sure for whom the marker is intended.

Co-author Riggs is particularly familiar with East Texas, where he grew up in Sour Lake in Hardin County and now publishes a health magazine in Austin.

"People who live in the big cities don't have any clue how weird it is out in the woods and swamps of East Texas," said Riggs, 60.

He points to Ghost Road, otherwise known as Bragg Road, legendary in the Big Thicket as home of a playful basketball-sized ball of light.

"People sometimes see a light there and the light exhibits unusual behavior," Riggs said. "What I'm seeing in my work is this light is a genuine scientific anomaly, not just swamp gas, but a genuine unknown. I've been hearing stories about this stuff since I was a kid."

Riggs likes to tell about meeting a game warden who talked about people making repeated reports of seeing strange creatures or unexplained livestock killings in East Texas.

"This is a Parks and Wildlife Department game warden telling me this, but it wasn't hard for him to believe," he said. "I've done a lot of research, had enough things happen, been scared a few times myself."

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I've seen the Cadillacs buried tail-up, and I've been in the creepy Oakwood Cemetery. I've also heard WEIRD stories about a park with monkey cages outside of Athens, Texas (birthplace of the hamburger). My grandpa used to tell creepy stories of ghosts he saw around the San Antonio area (of course, they might have been tequila-inspired).
1 posted on 10/28/2005 8:28:36 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana
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To: CurlyBill

ghost ping!


2 posted on 10/28/2005 8:37:57 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: hispanarepublicana

You want to hear a real weird ghost story, about 15 years ago I use to rent a basement apt in a house that was right next to a graveyard, and before I rented it, my landlord (the guy who owned the house) told me on several occasions he had some creepy stuff happen to him that he couldn`t explain, ghost stuff etc etc and me being the fool just brushed him off...yeah yeah yeah.. Until a few months later, one night I was watching TV by myself.

As I swear to this day, I was not drunk, I was not on drugs, I was wide awake and I was definately by myself with my back to the wall and I`ll swear on my mother while I was watching TV I felt a hand cover my face...Not the whole hand, but the finger tips, all five of them. No I am not kidding, someones hand that I could not see touched my face for about a second, and as soon as I felt it on my face I immediately knew what it was and practically jumped through the ceiling screaming and ran the hell outside. Needless to say I didn`t stay there long.


3 posted on 10/28/2005 8:45:02 PM PDT by WillamShakespeare (Who is John Kerry?)
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To: stand watie

weird East Texas PING


4 posted on 10/28/2005 8:45:21 PM PDT by japaneseghost ((Been there, done that.... remember Kallstrom and FL800?))
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To: hispanarepublicana

AS a teenager I went to Sour Lake (Don't drink the water) to try to see the ghost light. Never saw it.


5 posted on 10/28/2005 8:51:05 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (I shot an error into the air. It's still going everywhere. R. A. HEINLEIN)
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To: WillamShakespeare

I'd have peed my pants. The "weirdest" thing I've had happen was that aI was going through a very difficult time in my life during college, and all of a sudden there was a mourning dove outside my window every time I got really upset. My dear grandmother had always said that if we were to come back as some other living being, she'd want to come back as a mourning dove. And there she was.


6 posted on 10/28/2005 8:56:49 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: hispanarepublicana
Back when I was 17, a freind and I ate table-spoonfuls of chocolate mescaline with orange sunshine acid, and sat on a couch and concentrated on seeing "God the White light" ...( we thought we were really spiritual back then)

Anyway, I had this experience of rising through darkness, and speeding upward through space toward this light. It was a brilliant white light that got brighter and brighter as I approached it.
And then all of a sudden I physically felt hands on me, stopping me, and pushing me back down...and the next thing I knew I was sitting back on the couch.

I told my friend about it and he said the same thing happened to him.

We both did it a few times and were convinced that it was real beings, like Angels that pushed us back into this world, and we decided not to try it anymore.

7 posted on 10/28/2005 9:04:55 PM PDT by Jorge (Q)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I still remember those weird ghost stories of cemetaries full of voters who brought LBJ his victories.


8 posted on 10/28/2005 9:07:02 PM PDT by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: hispanarepublicana

bookmarking for later! Thanks for the Halloween-y post!


9 posted on 10/28/2005 9:07:49 PM PDT by VRWCer (All things work together for good to them that love God. - Romans 8:28)
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To: Cvengr

Those weren't just stories.


10 posted on 10/28/2005 9:09:45 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: hispanarepublicana

My father was OLD East Texas - from the 1920's, back near the Big Thicket. He told me that he himself had heard "the Voice in the Swamp" - the unknown voice that would call the name of travelers while they walked alone in the Thicket. He heard it call his name when he roamed the bottoms of the Naches river as a boy, a ghostly sweet voice, but he never answered back. He told me that no one should ever answer the voice back; if one did, one would be led astray and into the Thicket forever...

The big trees hide many secrets.


11 posted on 10/28/2005 9:14:33 PM PDT by dandelion (F)
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To: dandelion

Does he know anything about Athens?


12 posted on 10/28/2005 9:17:27 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: WillamShakespeare

What did Will say...


Angels and ministers of grace defend us!
Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn'd,
Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Thou comest in such a questionable shape
That I will speak to thee: I'll call thee Hamlet,
King, father, royal Dane: O, answer me!
"Hamlet" (1.4.43-9), Hamlet to the Ghost


13 posted on 10/28/2005 9:19:16 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: hispanarepublicana

Wow that is wild..I tell you, I don`t know what it is, but to people who don`t believe in ghosts, spirits etc etc, they shouldn`t completely brush it off as nonsense because it is not ALL nothing, there is no way in hell it was a hallucination what I experienced. It felt as real to me as anything..Just imagine someone walking right up to you and putting their hand on your face, that`s how it felt. Plus besides feeling it, I just had this overwhelming sensation that someone was there which I think made me freak out even more than the hand thing. I just knew immediately what was going on.

I don`t know if it`s spirits or another reason ..Maybe it`s dual universes interacting and the people in one universe appear as ghosts in ours and vice versa, but there is NOT nothing to this. Another thing I read a lot about is people just knowing when someone close to them has died or is hurt. I think I remember reading about this last happening to Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, he just knew his brother was in trouble and sure enough, his brother died. But of course you get those who want hard evidence. The only thing I can provide is a lie detector test which I would take in two seconds flat, but thats about it. It`s pretty tough to get evidence on something that lasts a second and happens very infrequently, but I know what happened to me was as real as it can get.


14 posted on 10/28/2005 9:23:00 PM PDT by WillamShakespeare (Who is John Kerry?)
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To: hispanarepublicana

bump


15 posted on 10/28/2005 9:23:35 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Conservatives are from earth. Liberals are from Uranus.)
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To: hispanarepublicana
In elementary school in Kingsville, Texas, some friends and I went into a classroom during recess and had a seance. Typical kids' stuff...held hands...sat in a circle...asked the spirits to give us a sign. This classroom had a sink and we were startled out of our wits when the water came on spontaneously and just as abruptly turned itself off. Now, who knows...since the room spent a lot of time empty, perhaps this was a common occurrence nobody had witnessed before, a way of relieving pipe pressure or something, but WE BELIEVED...and it frightened us so much that most of us quit dabbling after that.
16 posted on 10/28/2005 9:26:13 PM PDT by lsee
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To: WillamShakespeare

I have a job that is not very physically demanding (skirts, pantyhose and heels every day); but, during my career, there have been maybe 3 times when I've been so beaten-up and bruised mentally and emotionally that I've driven home from work almost FEELING bruises and bumps physically and half-way expecting to see bruises when I look in the mirror.
Each of those 3 or 4 times throughout my almost 20-yr long career, my mother will call me 1 or 2 days later and say, "Is everything alright? I dreamed that you came to me with bruises on your face."
Every single time, I am simultaneously chilled of spine and warmed of heart.


17 posted on 10/28/2005 9:35:59 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: hispanarepublicana
I remember about 3 years ago, that whole summer I thought I was going crazy. All my grandparents died within 2 months of each other. Around that time I would hear strange noises in the middle of night, my dad told me if I was downstairs the other night because he heard a woman screaming at around 2 AM and I was pretty young (15). Well around July I was still sleeping with my door open to the hallway and had no lock on my door. Around 1 AM I got up got some mountain dew and went back to bed, however, around 30 minutes later I heard some commotion in the kitchen. I shook it off as my dad or brother. I heard the steps coming down the hall and I can tell how my dad walks due to certain creaks in the floor because of his weight and his step pattern. It did not sound too much like him but my brother was home. I had my face the the wall so I had Nada visibility. It wasn't until the steps shuffled into my room that I started to sweat allot...I mean i was drenched...and it seemed like FOREVER...sounded like heavy breathing standing over my bed I just pretended to sleep, I felt like whatever it was, was watching me. I thought some one broke in personally because I was a bit paranoid about that back then. about 15 minutes later I'd say, the steps shuffled off into the living room and I waited another couple minutes to get up my courage, then I grabbed a machete and ran into the living room screaming. Nothing was touched or disturbed, i checked the locks and all was sound...my dad woke up and was mad as hell I woke him up and my brother was sound asleep, mom wasn't home at the time. Needless to say even I thought I was crazy...
18 posted on 10/28/2005 9:42:20 PM PDT by Xenophon450 (In a world of spoonfed emotion, intelligence can save.)
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To: hispanarepublicana
The "weirdest" thing I've had happen was that aI was going through a very difficult time in my life during college, and all of a sudden there was a mourning dove outside my window every time I got really upset.

About 2 years ago I passed out cold and was hospitalized with atrial fibrillation. So there I was lying in a hospital bed at 6 a.m. scared s--tless, looking at my erratic heartbeat on the moniter and this big white seagull with a smear of garbage on it's beak comes and sits right outside my window 3' away and just stares at me.

So the first thing that goes through my mind is, "How the hell did I get this crappy spirit guide? What's he going to do, lead me to the great landfill in the sky?"

As it turns out he was a regular visitor that went around at meal times begging for food.

19 posted on 10/28/2005 9:44:19 PM PDT by elmer fudd
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To: sneakers

East Texas ghost/wierd stuff ping!


20 posted on 10/28/2005 9:45:56 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: elmer fudd

Could've been worse. Could've been a buzzard. I have this fear that I'm going to get to heaven and there's going to be a lengthy application process where I don't have all the information I need (balance on the mortage principle listed seperately from the balance on the mortgage interest, phone number of first employer, etc.)


21 posted on 10/28/2005 9:47:48 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: hispanarepublicana
"I have this fear that I'm going to get to heaven and there's going to be a lengthy application process where I don't have all the information I need (balance on the mortage principle listed seperately from the balance on the mortgage interest, phone number of first employer, etc.)"

If that happens, you're in the other place ;)

22 posted on 10/28/2005 9:52:39 PM PDT by Xenophon450 (In a world of spoonfed emotion, intelligence can save.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

Kind of like that far side cartoon with the two old guys sitting on the park bench feeding the birds. There are a bunch of pigeons busy pecking at the ground and a little further back are two or three vultures just staring at the old men.


23 posted on 10/28/2005 10:04:16 PM PDT by elmer fudd
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To: hispanarepublicana

Well, my Father passed several years ago and rests in Christ; but my mother sees him often. I'll tell her to ask him the next time she sees him...

;)

Actually, he lived much farther to the south of Athens - down in what we call "deep" East Texas, in what was once known as "The Great Western Wood".

Near Athens, there are tales of ghostly Spanish missionaries who follow the vestiges of the old trails which crisscross the area.

Not far away, one should find the last remains of Trammel's Trace, to the east. There you may encounter the memories of smugglers running guns and goods north and south along the old trail, long forgotten by all but those who still haunt it;

and to the south, go to Hwy 21, to the town of Douglass. There - into the darkened cover of over-arching trees, around the bend and down a nameless road just off the highway - you will see a grassy field open up and drop down into the shadows towards a natural landing on the Angelina River.

I have seen it in the moonlight, in the cold of winter, a wayside for the ghosts of those who stopped before me. Two centuries before, it was a lonely inn, an isolated stop along the way for Spanish travelers when Highway 21 was "The King's Highway".

I could not see quite see them, but I did not have to see them to know they were there. I spent only a moment, before moving quickly on down the road...


24 posted on 10/28/2005 10:25:59 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: WillamShakespeare

I believe your hand on the face story. Up until I was about 20, I didn't believe in ghosts or spirits, but then I spent a summer in what turned out to be a haunted apartment building in Cedar City, Utah. Most unpleasant summer of my life. Every time I went to sleep in either of the bedrooms I would wake up gasping for breath with a feeling of intense pressure on my chest. After a while, every time I even stepped into one of the bedrooms, I felt like someone who was very, VERY angry was following me around and telling me to get out. I finally ended up spending the rest of the summer sleeping in the living room, which seemed to be free of "influences." (Oh, and I was *intensely* relieved when my downstairs neighbor reported the same occurences, since I thought until then that I was just nuts!)


25 posted on 10/28/2005 10:29:44 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (Kelo must GO!! ..... http://sonoma-moderate.blogspot.com/)
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To: hispanarepublicana
The Cadillacs are just plain strange.

While I haven't experienced any of the things other people have mentioned, I've seen the Marfa lights at least 1/2 a dozen times. Just weird lights off in the distance that appear and disappear.

On the Texas A&M campus we're supposed to have several haunted buildings, most notably the Animal Industries building. Decades ago it was were all the meat on campus was processed. One night a man working alone in the basement sliced open his leg and bleed to death before being able to get out of the building and find help. Many people swear they've seen his ghost in the basement and in front of the freight elevator which he where he died. I had a class in there in 1999 and never saw anything unusual.

26 posted on 10/28/2005 10:43:01 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (http://www.navyfield.com)
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To: COEXERJ145

about 12 years ago my 14 month old daughter died in her sleep of SIDS. Needless to say I was grieving pretty hard, but I WASN'T crazy.
well for a while after she died, I'd hear things...like..I'd be lying away at night with the lights on reading a book and hubby snoring away next to me and hear very definite foot steps walk around the bed, stop by my head and turn and walk around to hubby's head and do it again and again. One morning(2 a.m.) hubby heard "someone" jumping in our daughters crib(which was in the next room.) for about 15 minutes(he timed it on the clock radio). Lots of little things like that happened for quite some time. I totally believe!


27 posted on 10/28/2005 10:54:23 PM PDT by annelizly
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To: hispanarepublicana

Hi, hispanarepublicana. Interesting thread......


28 posted on 10/28/2005 11:30:06 PM PDT by indcons (This tagline is loading. Please wait............)
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To: hispanarepublicana

When I was 13, I was in the middle of a bridge overlooking a dam upstream of a series of mill races. As I looked over the rail, I felt someone shove me from behind. I whirled around expecting to see either my brother (who was fishing down at one end of the bridge) or one of my friends from school. There was no one there.


29 posted on 10/28/2005 11:38:14 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: hispanarepublicana
I bought a copy of 'Weird Texas'. It's a great book.

I was a little disappointed they left out the mysterious, ancient, underground wall which surrounds Rockwall ,Texas.
30 posted on 10/29/2005 9:02:59 AM PDT by after dark
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To: COEXERJ145; Army Air Corps; indcons

At the old Chemistry Building at TTU, a woman with the janitorial crew encountered a student who was trying to steal an advance copy of the exam. I think he'd come in through an underground tunnel. He decapitated her and left her body sitting up behind a desk or at a lab counter. It's said she haunts the building and the tunnels as well, particularly around finals and midterms.


31 posted on 10/29/2005 11:49:55 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: after dark; SunkenCiv

mysterious underground wall? tell, tell!


32 posted on 10/29/2005 11:51:04 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: hispanarepublicana

Also, there are reports of a deceased Chem prof who loiters in one of the study rooms and occasionally tutors students (they usually discover, later, that their tutor was "not of this world").

There are other spots on campus (Dairy Barn, Museum, Quack Shack, etc.) and in the Lubbock area that are reported to be haunted.


33 posted on 10/29/2005 11:53:22 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

I didn't know about the Dairy Barn and Quack Shack being haunted!!! What's the stories on those?


34 posted on 10/29/2005 11:54:41 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: hispanarepublicana
When I worked in on campus as a student, I often engaged the veteran guards in conversation about weird and funny things that they have seen and heard on campus.

One guard told me about when he worked the night shift with a few other guards at the Quack Shack.

One night, he and the other guards were making their rounds and ensuring that all the offices, exam rooms, and labs were locked and secure. They finished checking their floors and met at a kiosk on the ground floor to chat and while away the time until their next rounds.

While sitting at the kiosk, they heard a door slam on the floor above them. Then, they heard heavy footfalls on the floor above them. A few seconds later, the elevator switched-on and they heard the doors for the ground floor (about 20 feet from them) open and they heard footfalls coming near the kiosk. The footfalls went around a corner. The guard with whom I spoke stated that he peeked around the corner only to seek a dark form moving down the hallway and turn left at the end of the hallway. He immediately scurried down that hallway to see what was down there. He reached the end of the hallway and turned left only to find a dead end.
35 posted on 10/29/2005 12:02:12 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: hispanarepublicana
Dairy Barn

Another guard who once worked the night shift near the main library stated that about midnight, a white mist occasionally forms near the silo adjacent to the old Dairy Barn and begins to move eastward and passes in front of the student union building and crosses University Avenue only to dissipate near the shops across the street from campus.
36 posted on 10/29/2005 12:05:02 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: hispanarepublicana

HR, there is a three volume set of Texas ghost stories that cover three geographical regions of the state.

When I return home from my office, I'll post the bibliographic info here for you and everyone else.


37 posted on 10/29/2005 12:09:16 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: after dark

"I was a little disappointed they left out the mysterious, ancient, underground wall which surrounds Rockwall ,Texas."

Wow. This is the first time that I have heard this. What is the story behind it?


38 posted on 10/29/2005 12:11:09 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps; Professional Engineer; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; SF Republican; Baynative; ...
Somebody needs to set up a web cam to try to catch the Dairy Barn mist. Meanwhile, here's some dark cloudy Lubbock Halloween weekend reading:
Lubbock Stories:

Tech folklorist knows where the ghosts are haunting
Tech professor emeritus of English, Kenneth Davis, tells a story. In the late 1960s, a distinguished professor from a western engineering school retired and came to Texas Tech University, where he began a chemistry program. The professor was popular and well-liked by students and faculty, said Kenneth Davis, professor emeritus of English at Tech. "He conducted a study hall in Holden Hall and he helped students with first and second semester chemistry," Davis said.

 

Does the angel really shed tears?
Here's a brief bit of Lubbock lore. A born and bred Lubbockite told the story of her ritual initiation into a high school peer group one night in late September. The story involved the statue of an angel that dominates the vista near one entrance to the City of Lubbock Cemetery. According to the storyteller, she was in her early teen-age years when she heard the tale. Friends told her that, after sunset, if she ran fast as she could from the front gate of the cemetery to the carved statue and touched the angel's feet, the stone, winged figure would shed tears.

The House with the Gables
On Oct. 31, 1950, a vacant two-story frame house at the corner of 50th Street and the Tahoka Highway burned to the ground, erasing from the scene what perhaps was the most mysterious landmark in Lubbock's history. Every town has its haunted houses and its legends, and it was around "the house with the gables" that was woven Lubbock's tale of discovered buried treasure and spooks.

 

A haunting tale
Old building gives workers eerie feelings
Many who work at the Texas Tech Ex-Students Association look as if they've seen a ghost, when actually they say they've only heard and felt its presence. "I used to have these sensations that someone was walking behind me and running their fingers along my back," said Dana Gamble, business manager.

CEREBRAL SPECTER
When darkness falls in a haunted house...
When my editor wanted me to spend the night on Friday the 13th in a haunted house, I jumped at the chance to do it. I'm not into all this booga-booga stuff, but if something should happen, I could get a great story. After I found a haunted house in Lubbock, I bragged to everyone that I knew how I planned to spend the night there.

 

The Lubbock Lights

'Flying whatsits' visited the South Plains several times
The 'flying whatsits' continued to zoom through Lubbock skies Friday night as numerous residents reported seeing flashes of light flying at "unbelievable speeds" — and at least one person showed up with photographs of what he said he saw in the sky. Identity of the strange objects continued to baffle all who claimed to have seen them and three Texas Tech professors who examined photographs taken by Carl Hart Jr., 18-year-old amateur photographer of 2332 Nineteenth Street, could offer no explanation.

 

Original A-J Article about the 'Flying Whatsits'
Photo of a sign in Lubbock
1977 Article about the Lubbock Lights
Computer enhanced photo of the Lubbock Lights


Area Stories

A Haunting Tale
Ghost hunter meets match in old hotel
The sun had disappeared before I parked at the Commercial Hotel in Floydada. When I got out of the car, the air had a pleasant crispness to it, and an almost-full moon began to make its way across the sky, occasionally veiled by fingers of hazy clouds. As fall nights go, Oct. 26 was perfect for ghost hunting. Michelle Ruddell, new owner of the old hotel, stood holding the screen door for me. She bought the old building recently at an auction, and said she's making it into a Women's Christian Job Corps office called The Maker's Mansion.

Wayland's ghost never reached her goal
The Plainview campus of Wayland Baptist University is haunted. At least that's what some alumnae believe, including history professor Estelle Owens. The history professor told the story of young woman, perhaps 20 years old, who was obsessed with succeeding as a musician.

Plainview High School haunted by Herkie
Though no one seems to know exactly when or how the tale began, Plainview High School reportedly has a ghost. According to the book "Phantoms of the Plains: Tales of West Texas Ghosts," by Docia Schultz Williams, a ghost named Herkie is said to haunt the school auditorium.

Old Matador jail home to mysterious guest
In the tiny town of Matador, a relic of a jail reportedly houses a disembodied soul. Matador, population about 800, is northeast of Lubbock between Plainview and Paducah along Highway 70. The old county jail, in use until a few years ago, was built in 1891, complete with its own trap door for hanging horse thieves, murderers or worse, said Lucretia Campbell, Motley County clerk.

Revenant stalks Bailey County jail
Frightened jailers have told sheriff's deputies that something haunts the jail in Bailey County. Many jailers and several inmates report that a ghost is loose in the facility, said Deputy Sheriff Eileen Ciampoli.

 


39 posted on 10/29/2005 12:13:12 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: hispanarepublicana

I should tell the story of what happened to some neighbours of mine when they lived in Big Spring: glowing feet walking on the staircase...


40 posted on 10/29/2005 12:16:52 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: hispanarepublicana

try www.lonestarspirits.org


41 posted on 10/29/2005 12:17:39 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: elmer fudd
White seagull. Don't knock it. Sea lore has it that sailors who die at sea go to Davy Jones locker. From there, they are occasionally allowed out, in the form of a seagull, to check things out. The color of the seagull reflects the sailor's character, and only the very best of character can return as pure white seagulls. Do you know anyone with a naval background who died at sea? You might have a protecting spirit. ;-)
42 posted on 10/29/2005 12:19:52 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray daily for our troops...)
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To: hispanarepublicana

Thanks for the post. I work in the McCulloch County Courthouse. The Courthouse is reported to have the spirit of General McCulloch and his paramour. I had worked there about a year when I mentioned that I was always smelling cigars even tho the courthouse is a non-smoking building. The smoke didn't offend me because my daddy was a cigar smoker and the smell was rather peaceful. The judge told me about the spirit and his affinity for cigars. He asked if I ever smelled gardenias...I hadn't but the Generals's parmour is supposed to smell of gardenias. As one who did not believe in spirits...I now question???


43 posted on 10/29/2005 12:33:57 PM PDT by zdnkyldy (I raise little a$$es (the four legged, long ear type) I don't vote for them!)
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To: Army Air Corps

Big Spring? I've heard about when the professional girls were in town that the EL was turned off on the big neon sign on the roof of the Hotel Settles, thus announcing to everyone "in the know" that, ummm, entertainment was available.


44 posted on 10/29/2005 12:47:18 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Rockpile

Well, these neighbours had lived in Big Spring for a few years before moving to the neighbourhood where I met them.

Once house that they had was a few miles outside of Big Spring. They had had odd things happen when they were there (like a screen door unlatch itself and open and close wildly).

One night, they had a guest visitng the house (a friend of one of their sons). This guy was downstairs in the living room on the night of his visit and everyone else was asleep. This guy was watching some TV before he planned to go to sleep. Well, he heard footfalls upstair and thought that one of my neighbours or their kids were stirring upstais and thought nothing of it.

Then he heard slow footfalls on the stairs. The chair in whiach he was sitting was close to the stairs. Out of the cornr of his eye he saw a pair of feet that were glowing green. No legs or body - just feet and they walked down the satirs and began to move toward this kid. At that point, he bolted out of the chair and ran screeming from the house. My neighbours said that the kid refused to ever vist the house at night after that.


45 posted on 10/29/2005 12:56:34 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Wasn't Quanah Parker born near Big Spring?


46 posted on 10/29/2005 1:02:48 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: hispanarepublicana

beats me.


47 posted on 10/29/2005 1:04:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: hispanarepublicana; Army Air Corps
In the 1850's, farmers digging a well discovered eight feet down a strange wall . The farmers excavated a hundred feet of the wall. The town of Rockwall, Texas is named after the strange wall which encompasses it. At various points around Rockwall the wall pokes out of the ground. The strange wall looks like masonry. The geologists called out in the 1850's ,dismissed the wall as naturally occurring. More research should be done. Folklore has it that the wall belonged to an ancient civilization.
48 posted on 10/29/2005 1:05:05 PM PDT by after dark
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To: after dark

Thanks! It was been a looooong time since I last visited Rockwall. Now, I have to make plans for a visit.


49 posted on 10/29/2005 1:09:15 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: after dark

More research hasn't been done on this? Is Rockwall near Waco? (we're 24 secs away from beating the Bears)!


50 posted on 10/29/2005 1:10:42 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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