Anyone visiting or living in Dallas is aware that there are countless forms of entertainment available for people of all ages. Along with being known for the Dallas Cowboys football team and their cheerleaders, Dallas is also well known for the countless haunted places in the city.
Let’s take a look at 10 haunted places in Dallas ghost hunters enjoy visiting:
Sons of Hermann Hall came about in 1910 after four different lodges came together to form one large, united, lodge. The grand opening for Sons of Hermann Hall took place in 1911. In its more than 100 year history the Hall has served as a gathering place for an assortment of activities, most notably music and swing dancing lessons. The Hall remains open to the public. It is important to note, that anyone visiting the Hall for drinks, live music, swing dancing, or other entertainment should be prepared to potentially encounter spirits from the past. People have heard children laughing when none are present as well as seeing the former caretaker, a loving couple, and even patrons dressed in their finest to attend concerts in the past. People have also seen and heard doors slam, along with watching paintings randomly fall off the walls.
9. Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags Over Texas was the brain child of Texas oil man, Angus G. Wynne, Jr. He wanted to create a theme park that would surpass Disneyland in size and would be accessible to more people. With that in mind he ended up opening Six Flags Over Texas in 1961. The theme park offers countless rides and things to do for all that attend. Along with the rides and all the fun visitors can have there is also the potential to experience things of the supernatural variety.
Many avid ghost hunters consider this location to be one of the most haunted places in Dallas. Ghosts have been spotted in multiple areas around the park. Sightings have occurred at the Candy Store, the Music Mill, the Palace, as well as places like the Log Ride that are open areas. One of the most famous ghosts in the park is a little girl named Annie who spends her time at the Candy Store. According to stories another girl died at the age of 8 when she drowned in Johnson’s Creek. Her ghost visits an old farmhouse that now resides in the park; she is also known to walk along local railroad tracks. Other activities include lights being turned on and off, curtains opening, doors slamming shut, and doors not remaining locked at assorted places around Six Flags Over Texas. Employees of the theme park have also experienced being touched and cold spots.
8. Lake Highlands High School
The Lake Highlands high School is like any other school. Students go there to learn and enjoy social interaction with their peers. What most of the students that attend this high school did not anticipate is the fact there is the potential to encounter the spirit of a former student. As the story goes back in the 1970s a student named Elizabeth was in the auditorium. While over the stage in the grind she fell to her death. Students and teachers have heard and seen objects get moved and have heard doors slamming when in the auditorium late at night.
7. Dallas Heritage Village
Avid paranormal hunters claim the Dallas Heritage Village is among the haunted places in Dallas. Dallas Heritage Village is the location of a collection of Victorian and 19 century pioneer homes. Some of the buildings in the village date back to the 1800s. The Millermore Mansion is one building that is impressive not only for its size and design but also for the presence of paranormal activity. People have reported seeing a female ghost near the sickroom and nursery on the second floor of the Millermore. Unusual and sudden drops in temperatures in the nursery continue by guests to the building as well as employees. With so many people dying from infectious diseases such as small pox, diphtheria, and pneumonia prior to vaccinations, it is understandable that their spirits could remain in the Millermore. It has also been noted that spirits related to a gang murder in the 1920s are found in the Law Office Building.
6. Goatman's Bridge
The Goatman’s Bridge, or the Old Alton Bridge as some call it, has a long history of creepy and mysterious happenings dating back to the 1930s. There is a long held belief that a half goat, half man lived near the bridge and terrorized people near it. The terror the goatman caused came to an end, or so people hoped, when the Ku Klux Klan lynched it. Following the lynching people over the years have made claims that there have been mysterious disappearances when people visit the bridge at night. Many attribute the disappearances and the overwhelmingly uncomfortable and scary feeling to the spirit of the goatman. There are also people that believe a young woman haunts the bridge as she is searching for her missing child.
When things were booming in Dallas there was a need for a grand hotel and Adolphus Busch came through for the city. By 1912, the Adolphus Hotel opened its doors to the public. The hotel has played host to everyone from royalty, to presidents, to business moguls, and other famous individuals. Along with all of the opulence the hotel provided it has also offered something else as it is now one of the famous haunted places in Dallas.
Guests and employees of the Adolphus Hotel have experienced a range of hauntings. There are people who feel like they are being followed or watched when no one is there. People have felt someone tapping on their shoulders when no one was near them. There are individuals who have seen windows fly open, heard the slamming of doors, as well as heard footsteps outside rooms when no one is in the hallway. On the 19th floor people have reported seeing the spirit of a woman who reportedly hung herself after her fiancé did not show up for the ceremony. People have also heard the sound of the same woman crying.
When the Hotel Lawrence first opened in 1925 it was the Scott Hotel. Initially the hotel was for people traveling into the city through Union Station. Eventually, the Hotel Lawrence underwent many changes and became a popular destination. Throughout its history, the Hotel Lawrence has been the site of some horrible violence. There have been a few murders and deaths in the hotel. One of the ghosts that haunt the hotel is a murder victim by the name of Jack “Smiley” Jackson. The claim is that unless you politely ask him to move he will hold the door to room 1009 shut. Another man had his throat cut in the same room. Additional deaths include a congressman who committed suicide and a woman who either fell or was pushed from the tenth floor. With so many deaths at the hotel, it is not unusual that people see ghosts, hear footsteps, and see things moved on their own.
3. Majestic Theater
The Majestic Theater opened its doors on April 11, 1921. It was home to vaudeville performers and other people including, Bob Hope, Harry Houdini, Mae West, and Jack Benny. The Majestic was closed for a time for renovations then reopened to play host to everything from plays, to concerts, and comedy acts to name a few. The Majestic is also home to a number of spooky happenings. Like other haunted places in Dallas, people have heard doors opening and closing, footsteps when no one is around, lights lighting up with no explanation. People have also seen shadows, and smelled odd fragrances.
2. Flag Pole Hill
Anyone who has been to Dallas or who lives in Dallas knows of one area that needs to be avoided at night if at all possible. Flag Pole Hill is adjacent to a road that many people consider the site of regular paranormal activity. There have been countless people who have heard or been witness to rocks being thrown at cars on the road. If that is not strange enough, people have also stated that ghosts have also hit cars while on the road. There is also a home near Flag Pole Hill that is said to be haunted by someone who committed suicide at the location.
1. Baker Hotel
The Baker Hotel opened its doors to the public in 1929. The Baker was a hotel with more than 400 rooms on 14 floors. It was used as a venue for people to relax, enjoy spa-like treatments, massages, as well as offering guests incredible food and beverages. Many of the most famous entertainers and figures of the 30s, 40s, and 50s visited the Baker, including Helen Keller, Judy Garland, Will Rogers, Sammy Kaye, along with Bonnie and Clyde.
The Baker was also the location of a number of deaths while open. As a result of those deaths it is not hard to imagine that people have witnessed paranormal activity at the hotel. One common occurrence is the appearance of orbs if photographs in the Baker. Housekeepers found glasses with red lipstick stains in unoccupied rooms. People have claimed to see the ghost of a woman known as the lady in white. The ghost of a little boy in a wheelchair is something else people have seen.