Posted in: Travel Tips
Date: October 31, 2013
For those seeking out a good scare, the Houston area is the perfect place to visit. Believers and nonbelievers alike will want to check out some of these local haunts identified by the Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau and Haunted Places:
National Museum of Funeral History - 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston
Arguably Houston's most direct line to the afterlife, the museum has the country's largest collection of funeral service artifacts, from hearses through the ages to an extensive collection of memorabilia from U.S. presidents' funerals.
Wunsche Brothers Cafe and Saloon - 103 Midway St, Old Town Spring
Visit a ghost while enjoying a hamburger at this cafe in Spring, Texas. The ghost is believed to be the original owner Charlie Wunsche. Although the ghost appears more inclined to mischievous pranks – holding doors closed, hiding items and messing with electronics- he has been sighted by employees on occasion. Those who work there believe that Charlie is still looking out for his investment and his staff.
Puffabelly's Old Depot Restaurant – 100 Main Street, Old Town Spring
This 1900-era train depot building was moved to 100 Main Street in Old Town Spring from its original location in Lovelady, Texas in 1985. Shortly after it was constructed in 1902, a railroad yard switchman was involved in a tragic accident as he was attempting to flag down an engineer whose train was headed down the wrong tracks. As the switchman ran toward the oncoming train, waving his lantern and yelling frantically, he suddenly tripped on the rails and fell underneath the train. For years, people in Lovelady reported strange apparitions near the terminal. Several said they could make out a headless man waving a lantern and moving up
Jefferson Davis Hospital - 1101 Elder St., Houston
Named after the President of the Confederacy, the hospital was erected in 1924 atop what was once a Confederate cemetery and before that, a burial site for plague victims. Several human bones were uncovered during excavation. Throughout its history, the building served as a hospital, a psychiatric ward, juvenile detention center and food stamp distribution venue. The hospital sat abandoned for decades. Screams and howls throughout the building have been reported and shadowy figures and unusual sightings have been caught on film. The building has since been renovated into The Elder Street Artists Lofts.
Julia Ideson Building - 500 McKinney St., Houston
In the early 1900s, library caretaker Jacob Frank Cramer used to roam the premises of the Julia Ideson Building, now across from downtown Houston's Main Branch Library. He spent his leisure time strolling through the halls, playing violin and playing with his dog. In 1936, he died alone in his room, located in the basement. The ghosts of Cramer and his dog, Petey, are said to haunt the library to this day. Employees report eerie strains of violin music, especially on gloomy days, and the clicking of Petey's toenails on the marble floors heard throughout the halls.