Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country

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  • Copyright: 2015-09-15
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press
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Settled by Spanish explorers more than three centuries ago, San Antonio has a rich haunted history. Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country by local author Michael Varhola covers 30 haunted locations in or around the cities of San Antonio and Austin and throughout the region known as Texas Hill Country. Each site combines history, haunted lore and phenomena, and practical visitation information. The book is organized into four geographical sections, "City of San Antonio," "Greater San Antonio," "Austin," and "Texas Hill Country." This hands-on guide also includes an introduction to the subject of ghosthunting in the Lone Star State and all the information readers need to visit the places described within it including descriptions of nearly 100 other haunted places.

Sites covered include bridges, churches, colleges and universities, cemeteries and graveyards, government buildings, historic sites, hotels, museums, parks, restaurants and bars, and much more. They include the Crockett Hotel, built on the spot where David Crockett and the final defenders of the Alamo are believed to have been slain; the Ghost Tracks, where spectral children are known to move people's stopped cars and the Devil's Backbone, the haunted highway that wends through the hills north of San Antonio.

Author Biography

Michael Varhola is a writer who has authored or coauthored 34 books and games — including the swords-and-sorcery novel Swords of Kos: Necropolis, and two fantasy writers guides. He has also published more than 120 games and related publications. He is the founder of game company Skirmisher Publishing LLC, editor in chief of d-Infinity game magazine, and editor of the America's Haunted Road Trip series of ghosthunting travel guides. He has edited, published, or written for numerous publications, including The New York Times. He also has an active online presence, notably through Facebook and a variety of other blogs, forums, and sites. He lives in Texas Hill Country.

Table of Contents

Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country


Places we include (bridges; churches, et al; colleges, universities, et al; cemeteries and graveyards; government buildings; historic sites; hotels; museum; neighborhoods/districts; parks; restaurants and bars; roads, railroads, et al; shopping areas, malls, et al; sports stadiums; theaters)
Places we don't include (elementary, middle, and high schools; assisted living facilities; private homes and residential apartment buildings; private property; prohibited areas [e.g., abandoned mental hospitals])


Alamodome (San Antonio):

Crocket Hotel (Downtown):

Emily Morgan Hotel (San Antonio):

Camberly Gunter Hotel (San Antonio):

Devil's Bridge (San Antonio):

Ghost Tracks (Espada Park):

Huebner-Onion House (San Antonio):

McNay Art Museum (San Antonio):

Menger Hotel (Downtown):

Saint Anthony Hotel (San Antonio):

San Antonio Mission (San Antonio):

San Fernando Cathedral (Downtown):

Spanish Governor’s Palace (San Antonio):

Victoria's Black Swan Inn (San Antonio):


Aumont Hotel (Seguin/Gaudalupe County):

Faust Hotel (New Braunfels/Comal County):

Gruene (Comal County):

Woman Hollering Creek (Schertz/Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties):


Austin Pizza Garden (Austin):

Driskill Hotel:

Fado Irish Pub:

Garrison Park:

Governor's Mansion:

Moore's Crossing Bridge (Richard Moya Park):

State House (Austin):

Tavern Restaurant (Austin):


Devil's Backbone (Comal County):

Fredericksburg/ Fort Martin Scott (Gillespie County):

Y.O. Ranch Hotel (Kerrville/Kerr County):

Lover's Leap (Junction/Kimble County):

VII) Visiting Haunted Places

VIII) Other Haunted Places (c. 100)

City of San Antonio (31) (Alamo Quarry Theaters, Alamo Street Theater, Brackenridge Villa Mansion, Brooks Air Force Base, Cadillac Bar, Chinese Graveyard, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Comanche Lookout Hill/Comanche Park, Crown Plaza St. Anthony, Donkey Lady Bridge, El Cameronsita Dance Hall, El Cameronsito/Player's Club, Empire Theater, Fort Sam Houston, Hemisfair Park, Hot Wells Motel, Institute of Texas Culture, North Star Mall, Old Stone Ridge Road, Our Lady of the Lake University, Plaza Marriot, River Center Mall, Riverwalk, San Antonio River Headwaters, Santikos Century Plaza 8 Theater, Stinson Field Cemetery, Terrell Castle Bed and Breakfast, Trinity University, Tower of the Americas, Tro Bridge, University of the Incarnate Word)

Greater San Antonio (Texas Lutheran University [Seguin/Guadalupe County], San Marcos River (Entity) [Luling/Guadalupe County], Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital [Luling/Guadalupe County])

Austin (19) (Bertram's Restaurant/Clay Pit, Buffalo Billiards, Carrington's Bluff, Congress Street Bridge, David Grimes Photography Studio, Eanes-Marshall Ranch, Governor's Inn, Hideout, Inn at Pearl Street, Jacob's Hill, Littlefield Building, Littlefield House, Mugshots, Neill-Cochran House, Old Stone Ridge Road, Omni Austin Hotel, Paramount Theatre, University of Texas Tower, Zachary-Scott Theatre)

Texas Hill Country (Schreiner University/Delaney Hall [Kerrville], Kerrville Courthouse [Kerrville])

IX) Further Reading

X) Acknowledgements

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