There have been reports of spirits and spooks around Dallas and Fort Worth since the cities came into existence. From hotels and theaters to parks and bars, if you feel a strange presence, it might be a ghost letting you know you’re not alone.
White Rock Lake
8300 E. Lawther Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
Every town that has a lake or cemetery has a ghost story about it. Dallas’ White Rock Lake is no exception. The Lady of the Lake is the story of a young woman who appears long Garland Road, dripping wet, looking to hitch a ride to a nearby home. A kind motorist stops and picks up the lady. When the motorist arrives at the requested destination, he finds that the hitchhiker is gone and the only thing left is a puddle of water.
Hotel Lawrence Dallas
302 S. Houston St.
Dallas, TX 75202
In 1925, Houston and Waco Hotelier George C. Scott opened the 10-story Scott Hotel in Dallas. The hotel served the lodging needs of train travelers from nearby Union station. It has been reported to be haunted by those that aren’t inclined to continue their travels. In the 1930s, the hotel’s ownership and name changed several times and in 2000 it was renamed Hotel Lawrence. A woman who allegedly jumped or fell from the 10th floor and a few murder victims also from the 10th floor have been reported as haunting the hotel. Doors open and close unaided, sounds of footsteps and voices are heard, visions are seen of a gentleman walking around on the second floor, laundry carts in the hotel’s basement move by themselves and calls to the front desk from rooms where there are no guests staying have also been reported.
1321 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Adolphus Busch, co-founder of the Anheuser-Busch brewing company, built the lavish Adolphus Hotel. This structure, which cost almost $2 million to build in 1912, is still an icon of splendor. The reported spookiness comes from a former ballroom that has been redesigned into guest rooms. People have reported hearing “party noises” such as Big Band music, people chatting and glasses clinking.
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1509 Pennsylvania Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Thistle Hill, an 11,000-square-foot, 18-room mansion, was completed in 1904 by newlyweds A.B. Wharton and Electra Waggoner. The mansion was sold in 1911, and has had several owners. In the 1970s, during its ownership transition, renovations were made. This is when reports started about ghost sightings. A woman dressed in white allegedly appears on the landing of the grand staircase. A man sporting a handlebar mustache, dressed in tennis apparel has also been reported. Renovation workers reported music coming from a closed off third-story ballroom. Footsteps and voices are commonly reported as well as furniture being moved. In 2005, the group Historic Fort Worth became the mansion’s owner. This home has been a Texas Historical Landmark since 1977 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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400 Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
The Jett Building on Sundance Square in Fort Worth opened as the terminal and ticket office for Northern Texas Traction Co., the area’s first commuter train service between Dallas and Fort Worth. The building has seen its share of business turnover and has been the host to several restaurants, a candy factory, sandwich shop and a title company. It currently houses a Jamba Juice and several local radio stations. What reportedly has people spooked is bone-chilling coldness. People have reported drafts in areas where there were no open windows or doors, phantom sounds of someone coming up the stairs, a child playing as well as flickering lights.
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