Galveston was once one of the largest port cities in the United States. After the great hurricane of 1900, the town needed to rebuild itself and find a new identity in which to thrive. Today this charming beach town is found on Galveston Island, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay. It’s known for its sunny beaches, eclectic bars and restaurants as well as fascinating historical architecture. Galveston is more than just a party destination (although that’s high on the list of attractions!) Amidst its rainforests and harbor experiences, the city has a thriving art community and is known for outdoor activities such as biking, running and swimming.
The Grand Galvez: Reportedly the most haunted hotel in Texas, the Grand Gavez was once dubbed the “Queen of the Gulf.” Opened in 1911 (after the hurricane) the magnificent hotel was the playground for the rich and famous as well as infamous. Room 501 has the most reported hauntings, with apparitions of a widowed bride who plays havoc with electrical devices. There’s also reports of disappearing figures walking the halls and the sound of a ghostly ball bouncing off hotel walls.
The Moody Mansion: This fascinating old home is historic and beautiful, and also reported to be haunted by the families that once occupied its magnisificent rooms. While it survived the great hurricane of 1900, many lives were destroyed around it. The wispy apparition of a former resident is frequently seen in the mansion’s hallways, perhaps looking for the attention she never received in life.
Broadway Cemetery: This is one of the city’s largest and oldest cemeteries. A combination of seven burial grounds from 1839-1939, Broadway Cemetery is the final resting place of the esteemed and the forgotten, the noble and the destitute. It’s said to be haunted by apparitions of ghostly figures as well as cold touches and cries in the night.
Maison Rouge: The original site of pirate Jean Lafitte’s mansion, his spirit has never left the Maison Rouge. There are so many strange sounds coming from these historic grounds it takes nerves of steel to do an investigation. Besides disembodied voices arguing in the gardens, a shadow figure has been reported stalking the yard.
Artists Loft: Located at 1101 Elder Street, the Artists Loft is the site of the former Jefferson Davis Hospital. The hospital itself was said to be built over the graves of Civil War veterans. The building is known as having a cold, creepy feel at night and its said that the ghostly apparitions seen in the halls are spirits of the patients who died there.
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