Near the borders of New Mexico and Mexico, in the western corner of Texas, sits the city of El Paso. The city has a colorful history, access to the Rio Grande, and a plethora of things to do for people of all ages. There are people that specifically travel to the city to visit places they believe are haunted of course!
Let’s now dive in and take a closer look at the top 10 most haunted places in El Paso, TX:
There are a number of haunted places in El Paso. Many ghost hunters feel that the Concordia Cemetery is one, if not the, most haunted of them all. With more than 60,000 people buried at the cemetery there are bound to be a few still hanging around the place. People who love to visit cemeteries or are avid ghost hunters have not been completely disappointed at the Concordia Cemetery. Many people who have visited the story have either seen shadow people while there or have caught them with a camera. Other people have witnessed the presence of ghosts around the cemetery.
9. El Paso Playhouse
The El Paso Playhouse is one of the haunted places in El Paso with consistent paranormal activity. The building was a church and the Festival Theater prior to becoming the El Paso Playhouse roughly 50 years ago. Over the years the building has been the Playhouse it has had more than its fair share of paranormal activity. There have been claims of people hearing whispering near the concession and spotlight areas. In the woman’s bathroom toilets have flushed when nobody was using the facilities. Footsteps on the wooden staircase, as well as props and other things being randomly moved has happened a number of times. Paranormal investigators have captured EVP (electronic voice phenomena) recordings at the Playhouse as well. Some people speculate that some of the hauntings are caused by a technician who was killed in the building many years ago.
8. Plaza Theatre
Back in 1930 a movie house was built for the town of El Paso. Years later it was decided to turn the building into a performing arts theatre. Once the renovations were done the building became the Plaza Theatre. Ghost hunters, patrons, performers, and employees of the theatre have all stated that they have experienced some sort of activity. There are claims that people in the mezzanine or who can view the area, have seen an unusual, and somewhat creepy red-orange light. The ghosts that haunt the theatre also like to play with the lights and turn them off and on.
7. The De Soto Hotel
The De Soto Hotel is among the haunted places in El Paso. The Del Soto Hotel has been around for more than a century. In that time, many people have come through the hotel either as employees or guests. Some of those individuals, at least three, remain in the hotel from the other side. People have made claims they have been bitten, scratched, and touched while in the Hotel. A number of these claims have actually been documented. Other paranormal investigators have documents the presence of a spirit in the basement via an audio recording. The voice almost sounded demon-like to those that heard the recording. Paranormal investigators have heard the whispers of a young girl as well as capturing a shadowy figure coming out of a door.
6. Gravity Hill
People love to visit Gravity Hill. There is something fun about the illusion of your car going uphill on its own when in actuality it truly is not. There are many people who claim that the reason the vehicles move up the hill on their own is because Gravity Hill is haunted. The story goes that people making their way up the hill are doing so thanks to the assistant of spirits. They believe that spirits are pulling the vehicles up the hill. Skeptics believe it is a combination of gravity, optical illusions, and engine power.
5. Loretto Academy
The Loretto Academy is not only on the list of haunted places in El Paso but it is also a private Catholic school. The Loretto Academy opened back in 1923. The Academy has a history of educating young women as well as being the home to people who have died while at the Academy. One of the stories claims that a nun died after she had become very ill. Another story comes from a paranormal investigation team. They believe the nun killed herself after finding out she was pregnant. Many people state that the spirit of the nun can be seen roaming around the bell tower on a regular basis. The nun has also been spotting peeking out from behind the bell before vanishing and again reappearing. Many of the students dare each other to visit the bell tower in hopes of seeing the nun. Some of the students state they never saw or heard anything while others have heard the sound of a woman whispering and additional students claim they felt like someone was watching them.
4. El Paso High School
The El Paso High School was built back in 1916. It is one of the most haunted places in El Paso as well as being the oldest high school in the city still in operation. Students have the opportunity to get an education at the high school and have the chance to meet a ghost or two. The ghost that is most often encountered in the hallways of El Paso High School is that of a young girl. The story goes that she was romantically spurned and decided the only way she could carry on was to commit suicide. One claim is that she slit her wrists before jumping to her death from one of the school’s balconies. A female figure has also been seen multiple times jumping from the same balcony. There have been so many sightings of a ghostly mist on the balcony that the school had it walled off to access. There is a photograph of the class of 1985 where people can see the blurry figure of a young woman with the rest of the class. Although it might sound like a simple error in the photograph, everyone states that there was no one standing where the girl is located in the picture.
3. La Hacienda Restaurant
Like many other haunted places in El Paso, La Hacienda Restaurant has been used for many different things. Originally it was built as a home in 1850. Over the years it was transformed into a brothel, a stop for the stage coach, and eventually the restaurant it is today. People that come to the restaurant to have a nice meal can sometimes encounter the ghosts of people that lived in the building when it was a home, or were only guests throughout the years. Three young kids died in a river not far from the restaurant and people encounter the grieving mother’s ghost at the restaurant.
2. Magoffin Homestead
Former mayor Joseph Magoffin and his family lived in a home that was built back in 1875. When the city of El Paso and the State of Texas made the decision to purchase the estate the descendants of the Magoffin family moved out of the property. Unfortunately for the city and state, they not only purchased a historic homestead but also the ghosts remaining in the building. Joseph Magoffin’s best friend and brother-in-law, Charles Richardson, died on the property in a rocking chair. People report his spirit remains on the property. Like many ghosts at other haunted places, lights are toyed with and doors get opened and closed randomly. People have also said Uncle Charlie is seen rocking in his chair at times. Another ghost that people have encountered when on the homestead is a woman who is wearing blue. The ghost of a woman in white Victorian clothing and a little girl are two more ghosts spotted on the property. Along with the ghosts there are also people reporting being tapped on the shoulder while others experienced cold breezes and spots.
1. Fire Station #11
Not far from the center of El Paso, Texas is Fire Station #11. A fire station is a location where fire fighters are able to get rest and tend to their gear when not out on calls. The big difference with Fire Station #11 and most other stations is that this fire station is home to a number of ghosts. As one of the most haunted places in El Paso, even the fire fighters have issues with the location. Some of them believe the location to be so haunted they refuse to sleep in the fire house. There is one bed in particular that is so haunted, that fire fighters will not use it. They prefer not to sleep in a bed that might shake in the middle of the night or have their covers pulled off them.