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Galveston has been home to epidemics of disease, war, fires, storms and many merciless pirates. It’s also the site of the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, the Great Storm of 1900. It’s no wonder many believe this island is haunted with restless souls.
Find out for yourself when you visit some of these haunted locations below – if you dare...
pictured: Grand Galvez
Haunted Mayfield Manor in downtown Galveston is housed in an 1867 building that once served as a morgue after the 1900 Storm – still the deadliest storm in U.S. history having killed an estimated 8,000 Galveston residents. The haunted house embraces the spooky history of the building’s past while providing guests with a thrilling experience.
We dare you to book Room 501 at the island’s 108-year-old Grand Galvez, The property has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories and on the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab for its paranormal significance. The hotel is said to be haunted by a “Ghost Bride” who reportedly has been seen in room 501 and in the hotel’s west turret. Legend has it that the bride hanged herself in the west turret during the mid-1900s after hearing reports that her fiancé had died at sea. Tragically, her fiancé eventually returned to the hotel looking forward to a marriage that would never be. (The Grand Galvez also offers free, self-guided audio ghost tours year-round.)
The fun, beachy vacation atmosphere of the city masks a dark history and chilling reputation as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Tour Texas
Though origin stories conflict, there’s no doubt you’ll see a mysterious image of a face on the exterior of UTMB’s Ewing Hall. One version claims that the face belongs to a former landowner who pleaded with his family not to sell the property. Once they did, he made his displeasure known by appearing on a building constructed on the site.
Another, more specific, version purports the face belongs to William “Bigfoot” Wallace, a member of the Texas Army during the Battle for Texas Independence. He, too, was also ensnared in a land dispute at the property. Either way, the best way to see the face is by taking a haunted harbor tour from Galveston Historical Foundation.
Take a haunted tour – any time of the year! Galveston is also home to several amazing businesses that offer ghost tours in the island’s cemeteries, downtown district and other parts of the island year-round. The Galveston Experience Company also offers Ghost Bus Tours.
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by Clayton Kolavo
by Kristen Vale