Beardlsly Top Ten Most Haunted List
By Benoit Christian Leblanc
The Lone Star State
is haunted and Galveston,Texas is
the shiing star. In recent months
Professional and weekend Ghost Hunters
from all of the 50 states have converged
on the small haunted island of Galveston,
Texas seeking out none other then
the Ghostman himself
Dash is the Founder
and Ghost tour guide supreme of Ghost
Tours of Galveston and
the local athority on many hauntings
and paraormal hot spots in this sleepy
little Paranormal Texas town. Galvestons
ghost Tours was Founded in 1999, this
Ghost Tour of Galveston, IS Galveston
Island's first, foremost, Best and
original haunted historical walking
tour. This unique two hour tour combines
history, mystery, ghost stories and
legends taking you on a journey into
haunted cities richly unknown past.
The Great Storm of 1900 hurricane
and the American Civil War Battle
Of Galveston have left their rich
haunted mark stained upon the white
beaches of the Gulf of Mexico's shores.
And only Dash knows personally the
many legends and tales and ghost stories
that any Ghost Hunter would need to
know to start an investigation.
Galveston, Texas is
as many call it the Haunted hub, or
Paranormal central to all of Haunted
Texas. Founded in 1836, Galveston
has a history as old and phantom-filled
as the entire state of Texas. Tales
of pirates and civil war soldiers,
of drowned victims of the Great Storm
of 1900 that still wander the Galveston
streets looking for home. These are
but a few of the phantoms of Haunted
Beardsley's Top Ten Most Haunted Places
In Galveston, Texas To See A Real
1. Bishop's Palace
Formerly known as the The Gresham
House it was built from 1887-1892
and designed by N.J. Clayton and Company
as a residential home for Walter Gresham
at a cost of US$125,000.00.
This is Galveston’s grandest
and best-known Paranormal and photographed
building, the Bishop’s Palace
is located at 1402 Broadway. It is
an ornate building of colored stone,
intricately carved ornaments, rare
woods, stained-glass windows, bronze
dragons and many other sculptures,
luxury materials and furnishings,
and impressive fireplaces from around
the world fill the interior.
This very haunted Texas Building
is said to be the most haunted and
often the first stop for any Ghost
Hunter searching the paranormal trappings
in Galveston, Texas.
Walter Gresham, a politician-turned-lobbiest
during the mansion-building boom of
the late-1800's. Gresham's ghost has
been seen and reported by some, often
inspecting the exterior of the building
when a deadly hurricanes closes in
on the tiny island.
This very real haunted Texas building
is made of limestone accented with
gray granite, pink granite, and red
sandstone. During the Great Stom of
1900 when so many thousands of other
buildings were swept into the Gulf
of Mexio this building was left still
In 1923 it was purchased by the
Catholic Diocese of Galveston to become
the official residence of the bishop.
But only one ever lived there. Reverend
Christopher Byrne stayed there until
his death in 1950. And they say he
is one of the many ghosts that protects
and haunrs the building.
In 1963, the Catholic Church opened
it to the public, making it the first
of the Galveston mansions to be turned
into a museum.
2. Ashton Villa
Built in 1859 it is now a Texas Haunted
Museum originally a residential home
it is located at 2328 Broadway. Originally
constructed for J.M. Brown hardware
wholesaler, banking and railroad tycoon,
this beautiful Italianate home was
one of a series of mansions built
along Broadway during the height of
Galveston's social and economic prominence.
The Ashton Villa doesn't have a
particularly sad or tragic background
but it is one of the houses that survived
the hurricane of 1900. Reports of
apparitions, male and female dressed
in old style clothes. Feelings, of
not being alone, and strange noises
of movement when no one else is around.
It is constructed of brick and cast
iron, which helped make it one of
the very few homes besides Bishop's
Palace to survive the Great Storm
of 1900. What the storm didn't destroy
time and neglect almost did. After
the Browns moved on, it was home to
the El Mina Shrine Temple. By the
1970's, the Shriners had moved out
and the house was in line for demolition.
Fortunately, a group of preservationists
convinced the city of Galveston to
spare the wrecking ball and instead
buy the property from the federal
government for use as a museum.
Since 1974 it has been one of Galveston
Island's treasures and is open to
the public. Ashton Villa is often
called the pinacle of "The most
haunted building in Texas only falling
second to the Bishop's House.
Some tell of the ghost of Bettie
Brown often seen standing or walking
briskley through the great Gold Room.
Some say they hear music others experience
the exotic smell of jasmine and roses
reportedly her favorite perfume combination
permiating the air. A often told tale
tells of a chest of drawers purchased
in the Middle East that stands in
Bettie Brown's dayroom. It reportedly
locks and unlocks itself even though
the key has been missing for years.
Tour guides often demonstrate the
occurence on the tour. Also Brown's
bed refuses to stay made. No matter
how many times a day the sheets are
straightened, they end up rumpled
or pulled off the bed entirely.
3. Galvez Hotel
Victorian elegance rising from the
sand and surf, the Hotel Galvez -
A Wyndham Historic Hotel in Galveston,
Texas, was known as the "Queen
of the Gulf" on the day she opened
in 1911. For nearly a century, this
charming Galveston hotel has been
the choice of guests as demanding
and diverse as Teddy Roosevelt, Howard
Hughes and Frank Sinatra. A $9-million
renovation has restored the Hotel
Galvez to its rightful place as a
timeless showplace on the Gulf of
Mexico. often hotel workers have seen
figures of the lady and hear her whimpers
as she walks down the back stairs.
The Galvez is also home to a very
haunted painting. The
haunted real portrait
of Bernardo de Galvez hangs
at the very end of the long hall at
the Hotel Galvez. Many who see it
get a chill for they say they can
feel his eyes following them as they
walk past. Report to several in the
paranormal community that much like
Robert the Haunted Doll in Key West,
Florida this ghost does not like having
his portraits picture taken unless
you ask his permission first.
Located on Seawall Blvd and is the
oldest hotel on the island. One room,
room 505, is supposed to be haunted
and most people who stay in that room,
do not stay overnight. Most just feel
incredibly uncomfortable there. You
can also smell Gardenias in and around
the room at times.
Many people have had similar experiences
and it's to be expected in an old
real l haunted hotel. Unless you are
seeking an experience beyond our world,
at least stay away from the fifth
floor if your afraid of ghosts!
4. Stewart Mansion
On the Heritage at Risk List for
2007 Stewart Mansion, on the list
since 2004, was built in 1926 as a
West End retreat for George Sealy,
Jr. and his family. Eventually owned
by the Stewart family, this Spanish
Colonial Revival style house overlooks
Lake Como. The mansion has been once
enlarged and suffers now from deterioration,
but many original features such as
the tiled courtyard are still intact.
The current owners have plans for
restoration but at this time it remains
Laffite's Cove was named after its
predecessor, the pirate Jean Laffite,
who ousted Galveston's original residents,
the friendly Karankawa Indians, in
a famous battle on the ridge overlooking
Oak Bayou (the Stewart Mansion property).
It is believed by treasure hunters
that Jean Laffite buried his vast
treasure on grounds west of the Mansion,
although no treasure has ever been
His larger than life mural can be
seen along with two other pirates,
on the wall of the living room in
the Stewart Mansion. It has been said
that at night these murals often change
places on the walls.
5. Flagship Hotel
The Flagship Hotel offers a one of
a kind view. The Flagship Hotel on
Seawall Boulevard in Galveston is
the only hotel in North America built
entirely over the water, as it is
located on the historic Pleasure Pier
actually 1000 feet off Galveston Island
over the Gulf of Mexico.
It is often well known fo it r a
has an inexplicable apparition that
is said to haunt the 7th floor. One
visitor said, "I have never experienced
a "ghost" before this, have
never wanted to, and never wish to
again!" The Ghosts seems like
a very real person until he walks
into a wall and dissapears! Ghost
hunters have investigated this ghost
many times and the same results are
the same high EMF readings and serious
More ghosts and encouters seem to
be present through out the Hotel,
but the Entire 7th floor is the haunted
Hot Spot to investigate.
The U.S.S. Flagship offers an even
stronger commitment to making your
stay in Galveston a memorable one.
So come on aboard. She's all decked
out and waiting for you. And some
say very Haunted too!
6. Tremont Hotel
Formerly this was the Leon &
H. Blum Building it was first built
in 1879 and then expanded 1882 then
again restored and expanded 1985 originaly
designed by Eugene T. Heiner.
This building's location is an indication
of just how vibrant and important
the city of Galveston was before the
Great Storm. The third and fourth
floors are reported to be more then
very haunted by a survivor of the
Great Storm. Some say they hear moaning
still others report loud banging noises
and cold chills. One guest says they
could hear soemone crying for help
and tapping on their rooms window
on the 3rd floor.
The Tremont House today is an impressive
4 star hotel in The Strand district.
The hotel is done in Victorian style
with glass elevators and a four-story
atrium. At the time it was originally
completed, it was the longest mercantile
building in Galveston.
The Blum brothers operated their
business from here. For the building's
first 100 years, it was only three
stories tall. It was designed to be
four, but the top floor was not originally
built. In 1985 when the new owners
built the mansard-roofed attic they
had to get permission from the National
Park Service to alter this historic
Though some locals and historians
have often claimed that Buffalo Bill,
Sam Houston, Ulysses S. Grant, and
other well known historic figures
have slept at the Tremont House though
this may not be entirely acurate.
They may have stayed at the original
Tremont House which was located in
another part of The Strand. That building
burned down in 1865. This building
was a dry goods store at the time,
and wasn't converted into a hotel
until the 1980's.
Some guests and ghost hunters say
on many EVP's they can hear hurricane
wind noises, The screams and cries
of lost souls drowning in the deep
water as if they are re- living the
Great Storm of 1900.
7. Ewing Hall (The
This is the infamous "Face"
that has stubbornly appeared on the
University of Texas Medical Building
Ewing Hall (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas.
Legend has it that the gentleman's
image that you will see embedded in
the wall is none other than the original
owner of the land that this building
This Haunted building is off limits
to the public, but the face is clearly
visible from the harbor.
The ghost story goes that the original
owner supposedly told his family not
to sell the land after he died and
to keep it in the family. Upon his
death, his family quickly sold the
land that UTMB now sits on. He is
said to now haunt the building and
campus. According to legend, the face
first appeared on the top panel of
the building. The top panel of the
building was then sand blasted and
painted over. The face then appeared
on the panel directly beneath it.
This panel was subsequently sand blasted
causing the face to move to the panel
that it resides on today. UTMB eventually
gave up trying to remove the face
and it has become a permanent edition
to Ewing Hall.
Before the 1920's, that "land"
was in the water - the face has nothing
to do with the Storm. It was filled-
in in the late 20's. The building
always belonged to the State of Texas
(through UTMB), and as such, it should
never have had an advertisement on
it - that would be highly questionable
at best. People have died trying to
see this - it's not worth your life
- don't risk it! It is State property
and access is restricted - you can
8. Galveston Railroad
Located near The Strand at 25th Street
and Santa Fe Place on Galveston Island,
Texas. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving
Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,
New Year's Day, and during the local
Mardi Gras weekend. The Railroad Museum
is easy to find. Its white Art Deco
10 story office tower is visible throughout
the Island, near the Port of Galveston
in the Strand Historical District.
There is free parking for all Museum
Ghost Photos happen here all the
time. Saved from demolition by the
Moody Foundation, this impressive
Art Deco building was once the Union
Passenger Depot. Now the waiting room
is filled with life-size plaster models
of “ghosts of travelers past”
telling tales of their Victorian rail
adventure when Galveston and its railroads
were at the heart of Texas commerce.
As you walk in the front door from
the Strand, to your left you will
observe what was the Harvey House
restaurant, to your right was the
ticket booth, and straight ahead was
the news stand and the doors to the
concourses. The waiting room is now
called the People's Gallery and is
populated by Ghosts of Travelers Past.
The full-sized figures in the gallery
were made with plaster molds of real
persons, and depict individuals who
might have passed through the waiting
room in 1932. The figures were created
in 1981 by Elliot and Ivan Schwarz.
Some say they see them . others report
several other ghostly figures moving
9. Gingerbread House
The newly restored 1891 Van Alstyne
House now housing The Gingerbread
House Antiques and Gifts; located
at 2901 Broadway. This beautiful old
Victorian home has withstood many
storms, the worst being of course
recorded as the 1900 storm.
Its present owner, Murriah McMaster,
has restored this show place to feature
the finest antiques and gift items.
You'll find its more than 14 rooms,
decorated with color and flair, are
reminiscent of both past and present.
Ghostly encounters are not uncommon
here but not inside the building but
on the grounds. Many EVP's and actual
Ghost Video is often captured outside
the building more then often.
10. Train Station
The home of Bistro LeCroy 2021 Strand.
located in The Strand Historic District,
is a Louisiana style seafood grill
serving lunch and dinner classics.
And many who visit there have witnessed
paranormal encounters that keep them
coming back for more.
Here and quite often in photos what
appears to be several a bodies is
sometimes seen apparently floating
in thin air near the rafters -- a
remnant, no doubt, of the floods of
the Great Storm of 1900 when it washed
in and they were caught against the
ceiling rafters. Reports are even
made of phantoms standing pout side
the building on the long balcony and
gazing down on visitors perhaps awaiting
the next killer storm?
Galveston, Oh Galveston!
Galveston was the first Texas city
to have electric lights, electric
street cars, a post office, naval
base, a newspaper, public library
and hospital and many other products
of civilization. Galveston is rich
in history and was the area known
as the "Strand" encompasses
many of the most historic buildings
in the old city including the 1894
Grand Opera House, many museums, shops
The Galveston Strand was once called
"The Wall Street of the Southwest"
because it's location and climate
attracted so many of the formidable
"old money" families of
the Northeast. This barrier island
also boasts one of the country's largest
bird migratory flyways, beautiful
beaches and amazing, rich salt marshes.
In the early 1800's the island was
used as a headquarters by the famous
buccaneer pirate Jean Lafitte who
used the remote and tractless surroundings
to hide his treasure and further his
clandestine trade with outlying territories.
Legends abound of the buried treasure
left behind by Lafitte and his men
and treasure hunters still seek the
lost booty to this day. In 1821, Lafitte
was ordered to leave by the American
forces aboard the warship "Enterprise."
Lafitte sailed out of Galveston aboard
his frigate "Barataria Bay"
was never seen in Galveston again
- at least not by any living eye.
During the years of the Texas revolution,
the island was used as the naval headquarters
for the rebelling fleet. Santa Ana
was held prisoner on the island following
his defeat in the battle of San Jacinto,
and this was just the beginning of
its tenure as a prisoner's hold.
During the Civil War many buildings
on the islands were used to hold prisoners
-- the island changed hands twice
and so both Union and Confederate
soldiers were at one time held prisoner
here. Many of the island buildings
were also used to hospitalize wounded
from both sides of the War of the
Rebellion. Some of these buildings
still stand to this day and there
are reports of sightings of both Union
and Confederate soldiers who still
linger where their souls passed on.
The Reconstruction of the Union was
barely underway when, in 1867, Galveston
was struck with the worst Yellow Fever
epidemic in its history. The same
epidemic had struck nearby Houston
and the graves of the small island
cemeteries filled to capacity so quickly
that many of the deceased had to be
transported to Houston and outlying
towns for burial. Islanders are still
known for their loyalty and pluck;
perhaps these distant burials didn't
please them and caused them to return
to haunt their old "digs?"
During the height of the 1867 epidemic
the city was eventually quarantined
and the small cemeteries became an
overcrowded morass of decaying corpses
and exposed, rotting coffins. The
Jefferson Davis Hospital was ultimately
built over the remains of the worst
of these city cemeteries. There are
claims that many of the restless dead
from cemeteries and hospital alike
still haunt the location.
No discussion of the history of Haunted
Galveston would be complete without
mention of the most traumatic event
in the city's history -- the Great
Storm of 1900. This storm, now known
to have been a category 5 hurricane,
is still recorded as the worst natural
disaster in US history. The death
toll of the 1900 Storm was estimated
to be between 6,000 - 8,000 with 4,000
homes and other buildings leveled
by the onslaught of torrential rains,
wind and storm surge. Barometer readings
recorded during the storm set a record
low for any area of the United States
up to that point and sustained winds
were estimated at speeds of in excess
of 100 mph.
When the storm was approaching authorities
attempted to calm the island residents
with assurances that the low tidal
level of the Gulf of Mexico would
keep the destructive force of sea
and waves to a minimum. On the morning
of September 8, 1900, there was an
almost carnival atmosphere as Galveston
residents assembled along the beaches
to greet the oncoming storm. Before
long, however, they were fleeing in
terror as the realization of the full
impact of what was approaching came
With full might the category 5 hurricane
pounded into the Galveston coastline.
Winds whipped down trees and cable
car lines, fence posts and shop signs
took flight over the heads of the
now-hysterical residents who were
literally running for their lives.
Torrents of rains blinded them as
the dispersed throughout the streets
and lanes of Galveston, many climbing
over those who fell in their path.
Trains en route to the island were
called back too late and were washed
away with their trestles; entire houses
collapsed in the onslaught of the
With the howling of the winds came
the rising flood waters and panicked
crowds took refuge where they could
in the face of the oncoming deluge.
Hundreds jammed into the Tremont Hotel
in downtown Galveston (now the Tremont
House Hotel) where their ultimate
refuge was the roof of the building,
exposed to the wind and rain. As the
storm surge pummeled ashore entire
buildings were washed away or overturned
like teacups into the murky tide.
People clustered on roof tops watched
in horror as friends and neighbors
were swept past them to their deaths.
People grabbed onto anything that
would float, including coffins washed
out of their resting place in the
Galveston reeled in the wake of the
horrible storm. The clean up began
as the waters receded and winds and
rain died down. Bodies seemed to be
everywhere. Those collected immediately
after the storm were hauled out to
sea on barges and dumped for burial
at sea. But nature had a last cruel
trick to play and as the tide turned,
bodies began to wash up on the beaches
by the thousands. Temporary morgues
were set up in the mercantile district,
now called the Strand, and ultimately
were set on huge pyres for burning.
In some cases, sympathetic citizens
would bury as many of the dead as
possible in their courtyards and back
lots. To this day it is not unusual
for renovators in the older areas
of the city to unearth bones presumed
to be those of flood victims from
plastered walls or from shallow back
After the storm
Galveston engineers began the construction
of the 17 foot bulkhead that still
stands on the Gulf side of the islands,
and in an amazing feat of engineering
the entire city was raised to a level
that could withstand a similar storm,
and has been tested many times over
since the Great Storm of 1900.
Do the ghosts of
the lost dead still haunt the old
streets and historic buildings of
Reports of a ghostly frigate sailing
in Galveston bay under a moonless
sky still are made to this day. Could
this be the famous Barataria Bay,
captained by the ghostly Lafitte?
Soldiers still grimace in pain and
moan fitfully in the once makeshift
hospitals that now house bright shops
and chic cafes. It is not uncommon
to be relaxing with a cup of coffee
and a newspaper and to look up and
find you are being studied from afar
by the ghost of a long dead soldier.
Other reports are
more troubling, that those of a family
who recently visited the haunted Galveston
beach and were alarmed when what appeared
to be a weeping woman and a small
child began to follow them over the
sand. When the family finally stopped
and turned to confront them, there
was no sign of either the woman or
her child. It seems that nearly every
building on the Strand has a ghost
And of course don't
forget Mardi Gras on Galveston Island!
Anytime of the year is a great time
to visit and of course seek out Dash
and ask him where is a good haunted
place to start your own investigation.
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