Wednesday, October 30, 2013
8 haunted hotels and homes in DFW
Don't get caught at these places alone after dark.
Got ghosts? Stand aside, New Orleans. Dallas and the surrounding area may not be the "most haunted city in America," but we certainly have our share of alleged hauntings. Here are a "crazy eight" to get you spooked.
1. White Rock Lake: The Grand Dame of Dallas hauntings is the Lady of the Lake. The legend of a young, dripping (and dead) woman wandering the lakeshore has been around since at least the 1930s. Spooky.
2. Adolphus Hotel: Ghost hunters who look for "spirited energies" have long searched the hallways of the Adolphus Hotel for ghostly presences. People who have rooms in what was once the 19th-floor ballroom area (the ballroom no longer exists) often hear clinking glasses, big band music, chatter and more. A bride supposedly hanged herself nearby, as well.
3. Catfish Plantation: One of area's biggest ghostly draws is this restaurant in Waxahachie. Spirits include a young woman who appears in a wedding dress, often accompanied by the scent of roses, as well as another man and woman who both died in the circa-1895 house.
4. Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park: The Millermore house and Law Office at this historic park are reputedly both haunted. Visitors often see the figure of a woman in 19th-century clothing standing at an upstairs window in Millermore, and the Law Office ghost likes to play with the security system. Some stories say a mob murder occurred in the building in the late 1920s.
5. Lizard Lounge: The building has a storied history including once housing a theater. In the 1980s, an actress said she was attacked by a flying hairdryer and saw the light bulbs in her vanity explode for no apparent reason.
6. Majestic Theatre: The ghost of vaudeville entrepreneur and theater owner Karl Hoblitzelle supposedly haunts the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. A portrait of Hoblitzelle is said to sometimes give off an unearthly glow.
7. Snuffer's: The original Snuffer's building on Lower Greenville Avenue is long rumored to be really, most sincerely haunted since it opened in 1978. (Even owner Pat Snuffer thinks it had spirits other than the ones you drink.) Guests felt gusts of frigid air, saw doors open by themselves and heard inexplicable footsteps. It'll be interesting to see if the ghosts stayed on when the new Snuffer's opens on the same spot sometime soon.
8. Sons of Hermann Hall: The 1911 building, on Elm Street in Exposition Park, has had alleged spectral activity on the stairs, in a downstairs back room and in the ballroom. Some say the ghost is a cranky former caretaker who particularly dislikes the sound of children laughing or playing. So take your kids on a family night and see what transpires.