If you're anything like me and love this spooky season and all of its perks, then this article is for you. And if you hate scary stories, I'm sorry in advance, but these are just too good to pass up. These haunted tales are not for everyone.
Fair warning if you ever plan to or have stayed at one of these hotels — they've got a hallowing history. And if you stick around to the end, there will be a bonus ghost story.
1. The Baker Hotel: Mineral Falls, Texas
The Baker Hotel came to life shortly after the stock market crash of 1929 by none other than T.B. Baker. His hotel towered over the dark days of the city, reaching 14 stories high. With its massive structure also brought forth many amenities for guests to enjoy, including an outdoor pool and two bowling alleys. The extravagance of the building lured many celebrities back from those days such as Bonnie and Clyde, Judy Garland, and President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Baker Hotel is home to one eerie ghost that isn't quite yet ready to check out.
The Woman on the 7th floor has no name, but her story is well-known. She is suspected to be the mistress of the hotel manager back in the dark days of America and resided in the hotel in suites on, you guessed it, the 7th floor. Distraught by the effects of the affair, the woman went to the roof and jump off (Hint: she died.) The legend continues as she never left the building. According to my research, in the 1960's, an employee of the hotel alerted the others that they had seen a ghost-like woman on the 7th floor.
More spooky incidents include that of guests smelling hints of old perfume when no one else is around and it quickly leaves, and employees and guests have reported to finding lipstick smudges on their glasses when no one else was around.
The Hotel Galvez surfaced in 1911 in the coastal town of Galveston, and soon brought a dark storm of horror. In the 1950s, a young woman named Audra of 25 years old frequently visited the hotel to be reunited with her Marine fiancé each time his ship arrived at the port. Throughout her visits, she would frequently stay in Room 501 and take trips to the 8th floor to look out to sea. She would watch the waves endlessly crash until the return of her beloved. One night, a storm blew through with waves of horror to crash upon the hotel and the bride-to-be's heart. Audra was informed that her fiancé's ship had sunk and there was not a single survivor.
Overcome with sadness, she went to the 8th floor where she used to scan the Gulf for that magical ship and hung herself with the water as the last thing she saw. The story gets worse. Sorry. A few days after her suicide, her fiancé (believed to be dead) arrived at the hotel to greet his bride but instead was greeted with a more haunting news. From then, people have reported strange sounds and random items breaking. The "Ghost Bride" may still be awaiting the return of her fiancé and releases havoc until then.
The Adolphus, founded in 1912 by Adolphus Busch of the beer company, follows a similar theme to the Hotel Galvez of a distraught bride-to-be. Although in this case, the bride-that-never-was. This ghost story dates back to the 1930's when a blushing bride was awaiting her walk down the aisle in The Adolphus. Upon the big day, she had discovered that her husband-to-be had stranded her. Heartbroken over this event, she hung herself in the ballroom of the 19th floor where her wedding was to be held. The hotel currently has had the ballroom closed for decades, but there have been reports of wedding music coming from within those walls. Plus, people have also exclaimed that they have heard a woman weeping when no one else is around — the bride sobbing over her lost marriage.
The Emily Morgan Hotel originally was a medical center in 1924 then turned hotel. This immense building houses multiple ghosts that have come to make the Emily Morgan a permanent stay. On the 3rd floor, there have been multiple instances in which people claim to have been awoken by a singing woman/humming young girl in their rooms sitting at the edge of the bed in the middle of the night.
On the 7th floor, some have reported seeing anomalies or dark shapes floating by and quickly disappearing into the air.
On the 9th floor, there have been times in which people suspect inanimate objects have moved or broken on their own.
On the 11th floor, guests and employees have reported to seeing an elderly woman in a hospital gown roaming the halls and vanishing.
In addition to those odd sightings, people have also claimed to hear an old hospital gurney going through the hallways. And finally the 12th floor, where the hospital used to be located. On the 12th floor, reports of strange touches, haunting sounds, and smells of a hospital and alcohol have surfaced through some visits.
The Driskill Hotel, founded in 1886 by a Confederate Colonel Jesse Driskill, houses a similar theme as to The Adolphus and Hotel Galvez's tales of a misfortunate wedding, as well as some other ghostly visitors roaming the property. Col. Jesse Driskill was a well-known gambler and often held his games at his hotel. Shortly after the grand opening, Driskill died in his magnificent hotel. It is suspected that the ghost of Driskill pops by to check in on his building and watch over the events held within. Furthermore, there have been multiple accounts of people claiming to have heard a little girl bouncing a ball around the hotel when no children are near.
The story relates back to a little girl chasing her ball down the grand staircase and falling to her death. However, in my opinion, this is the most chilling story of the hotel's past. Twenty years apart from each other, a haunting scene occurred in the exact same place and under the exact same circumstance. A bride and groom were at the hotel for their honeymoon, but it was not as sweet as expected. The bride committed suicide in the bathtub of their room, 525. Then as I said, exactly 20 years later another bride ended her life in that very bathtub of Room 525. CREEPY!
I know I kept a trend of haunted hotels, but this story was too spooky to leave out. Plus, being a resident of Houston, I had to include a scary story from my home city. This is the spooky Jefferson Davis Hospital.
The Jefferson Davis Hospital was built in 1924 on the Houston Cemetery of fallen soldiers of the Civil War from the 1800's and victims of yellow fever. The hospital erected as a psychiatric hospital, that would later close in 1939. Anyone brave enough to enter the hallowing halls of the Jefferson Davis Hospital has reported to hearing screams and mumblings, even chilling scents of an old hospital and death. In 2004, the city of Houston turned the creepy abandoned hospital into a condominium. The Elder Street Artists' Lofts now sit on top of a cemetery and an old hospital that houses some mentally insane patients.