One of the great things about the Fort Worth area is that when it comes to its paranormal history, some of the area’s ghost stories show up in the most unexpected places! Of course, there is still the standard haunted hotel tales and spooky old theatres, but what about the haunted zoo and the creepy amusement park? You have got to admit – those are a little out of the ordinary!
Let’s look a little bit closer at some of the most haunted places in Fort Worth, TX!
6 - Fort Worth Zoo
So, let’s kick off our list by addressing the elephant in the room – literally! Fort Worth Zoo is said to be haunted by animal trainer Michael A. Bell who was crushed to death by one of the elephants in his care in 1987! Fort Worth Zoo is considered to be one of the top five zoos in the United States and despite the fact that it hosts regular ‘spooky sleepovers’, only a handful of people know that the zoo is one of the most haunted places in Fort Worth!
Mr. Bell was crushed by a four-ton bull elephant when he was attempting to move him and two females into a larger enclosure. The male decided to assert himself as the dominant male, crushing Bell in the process! Ever since the tragic accident, visitors to the zoo have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a man walking near the elephant and zebra exhibits in the zoo. However, Bell is certainly not alone in haunting the zoo. There have also been numerous reports of a lady in white 19th-century clothing complete with a parasol pacing back and forth in front of the zoo cafe. Nobody is sure who this lady is, but her spirit is seen regularly.
5 - Six Flags Over Texas
We are going to cheat just a tiny bit on this next one since the Six Flags Over Texas park is technically outside of Fort Worth, but it really is only a short drive away and we simply could not resist including it on the list! This particular location has many different urban legends and ghost stories associated with it and it can often be difficult to separate the tall tales from the reports of genuine hauntings. However, ghost hunters who have visited say that this might just be one of the most haunted places in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, if not the whole of the state of Texas.
Just a few of the spirits who are said to haunt the park include the apparition of a young girl named Annie who is said to haunt the Candy Store close to the Texas Giant. There have also been reports of her walking the railroad tracks in the park and it is believed that she is the spirit of a child who drowned in the nearby Johnson’s Creek. She is described as a playful spirit and the security staff quite look forward to encountering her! There is also the ghost of an old man dressed in overalls who stands on the stage in The Palace after hours. Some believe that this could be a man named Angus who fell to his death during the construction of the building. Some of the actors who have performed here have described doors being slammed and lights turning on and off by themselves. These are only two of the more commonly sighted spirits, but there is much more lying in wait at Six Flags Over Texas.
4 - W.E Scott Theatre
While the zoo and the amusement park might be some of the more unusual haunted spots in the area, Fort Worth also has some of the old favorites including an old haunted theatre. The W.E. Scott Theatre is apparently one of the most haunted places in Fort Worth. The building was constructed in 1966 with some funds left to benefit Fort Worth culture in the name of William Edrington Scott so it is a fairly new building as haunted properties go. However, that certainly does not make it any less creepy! The ghost that is said to be haunting the theatre is said to be Mr. Scott himself. He has been spotted on a number of occasions and is apparently just keeping an eye on his investment since he will often straighten pictures that are hanging crooked! Mr. Scott is not alone in the building. There is a second ghost in residence who is thought to be the spirit of Kenneth Walker, a stagehand who hanged himself in the prop room in 1970. He is said to make an appearance dressed in a brown suit as he walks across the stage. He has also been heard laughing from under the stage as well.
3 - Thistle Hill
Our next stop on the list is perhaps the most haunted of all the real haunted houses in Fort Worth! Thistle Hill dates back to around 1903 when it was built for Ms. Electra Waggoner Wharton, the daughter of a very wealthy rancher and oilman named William ‘Tom’ Waggoner. These days, this historic residence serves as a venue for private events, although tours are also available. The tales of Thistle Hill being haunted did not start until the 1970s when it is believed that some renovation work in the property disturbed the spirits who were resting here. Ever since then, two apparitions have regularly been spotted around the property.
The lady in white is said to appear on the landing of the main grand staircase, while a gentleman wearing tennis clothes and sporting a handlebar mustache. Visitors have also reported hearing phantom music drifting from the ballroom as well as some phantom footsteps and disembodied voices. With so much spooky activity going on it is easy to see why Thistle Hill is said to be one of the most haunted places in Fort Worth.
2 - Lake Worth Castle
If one sort of building is going to have a ghost story, then surely it has to be a castle and this one certainly does not disappoint! The castle was rebuilt on the shore of Lake Worth by one of its former owners and it is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young man who is often seen wandering around the castle grounds, although there are reports of him making an appearance inside the castle as well on the odd occasion. Another spirit that has been reported is Lake Worth’s ‘Runaway Bride’. Many visitors say that they have seen the ghostly bride as she runs across the entrance road leading up to the castle before promptly disappearing!
1 - Miss Molly’s Hotel
Miss Molly’s Hotel has long been considered to be one of the most haunted places in Fort Worth. This does not really come as much of a big surprise since the bed & breakfast is nestled right in the heart of Fort Worth’s historic stockyards! The hotel is known to attract mainly two types of guests in more or less equal measures – Wild West romantics and paranormal enthusiasts! Miss Molly’s started out life as an upscale boarding house called The Palace Rooms in 1910. A short time later it became a speakeasy during the prohibition era before falling on hard times and doing a stint as a bordello!
In recent years it has become more and more known as a haunted location with a number of tragic entities circa the 1940s and 1950s making themselves known. Most of the spirits seem to be women and they include murdered prostitutes and a lady who died from lung disease. What is the most intriguing part is that according to visiting mediums, none of the ladies seemed aware that they had passed away!
Over the years, many guests have reported seeing pretty female spirits appearing at the foot of their bed, especially in the Cattlemen’s Room. There are also reports of a young girl being spotted and she is believed to have died of typhoid in the 19th century. The spirits here are highly active. Just some of the paranormal activity that they engage in includes creating cold spots, moving guests’ belongings, leaving coins on random surfaces, making the lights flicker, causing unexplained smells and creating shadows. Without a doubt, this has to be one of the most haunted places in Fort Worth!
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