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25 Haunted Places in San Antonio 

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Incarnate Word University

A former nun is said to haunt Dubuis Hall, one of the dorms for first-years at UIW. Students report being stalked or watched, and one girl claims her stuffed animals were all rearranged.

El Camaroncito

The legend goes that a beautiful woman was enamoured with a devilishly good-looking man on the dance floor. When she looked down she saw that he wasn’t wearing dance shoes, but rather he had hoofed feet. Some say he was even the devil himself dancing that night.

Haunted Railroad Tracks

Located at Shane and Villamain Roads, this railroad has drawn attention from various mystery shows and curiosity seekers. The unfortunate souls of a tragic school bus accident at the railroad now “help” those whose vehicles stall out on the tracks.

The Menger Hotel

Known as "The Most Haunted Hotel in Texas," the Menger supposedly hosts numerous spirits, including a murdered employee.

The Donkey Lady

Some say she’s the product of a fire that left her horribly disfigured, others say that she was a donkey herder drowned by angry men. Now like a spinster at a Halloween party, she stalks those who stay on Donkey Lady Bridge, located off of Applewhite Road on the South Side.

The Black Swan Inn

The Black Swan Inn was featured on the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures in 2013. It was built in 1867 on the site of the 1842 Battle of Salado (people need to stop building houses over dead battlefields and burial grounds), and has been home to many prestigious people in San Antonio. People who are brave enough can actually stay the night or take part in their haunted Friday night tours.

The Emily Morgan Hotel

This hotel takes its name from Emily West, also known as Emily D. Morgan, who, according to legend, helped end the Texas Revolution. Whether the hauntings are by the spirits of those who fought at the Battle of the Alamo or the numerous patients treated there when it was a hospital is ultimately unknown.

San Pedro Springs Park

People report hearing children's voices in the second oldest park in the United States.

The St. Anthony Hotel

Guests and employees of the hotel say they see ghosts of a well-dressed couple riding the elevator and hear the haunting laughter of children in the garden.

The Chinese Graveyard

You probably won’t see me doing this anytime soon, but if you’re brave, drive to a lonely South San Antonio road and turn your car off. Keep the windows down. Quickly turn on your car and lights and some say you’ll see the spirits of the graveyard. Again, you won’t ever see me doing this.
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Kindred Elementary

The story goes that a plane crashed in a field near the school. People report restroom sinks turning on by themselves and disembodied voices that can be heard when you walk on the field.

Alamo Street Restaurant and Theater

Now closed, the Alamo Street Restaurant and Theater was built 75 years after the Battle of the Alamo. The former church is said to house the spirit of Margaret Gething. Gething was an actress at the time who lived a few blocks away from the building. Guests and performers claimed to see her spirit on the balcony from time to time. The site is the future home of Frank, an Austin-based gourmet hot dog restaurant.

Our Lady of the Lake University

Nearly every university has at least one scary tale. At OLLU, the spirit of a sneaky boy named Jack haunts Pacelli Hall, one of the dormitories, and takes things. The university is also said to be haunted by nuns.

Midget Mansion

Supposedly built for a family of little people in the 1920s, luxury condominiums now stand in Midget Mansion’s former spot near the Medical Center. The legend goes that the family’s patriarch killed his family and himself one day for unknown reasons, and their spirits have haunted the place ever since.

Milam Park

Built on the site of an 18th-century cemetery, the ghosts of the interred are said to haunt this site. Legend has it that although the headstones for the park were removed, the graves remain.

Mission Espada

The South Side monument is rich in history and tragedy. Volunteers and tourists report seeing shadowy historical figures such as American Indians, monks and conquistadors.

Institute of Texan Cultures

Rumor has it that past employees haunt the massive museum. Cold spots are supposedly common, and some workers say they can smell the pipe smoke of founding director R. Henderson Shuffler.

Woman Hollering Creek

Located on the far East Side near exit 591 of I-10, the creek is likely named for la Llorona: the legendary weeping woman who cries for her drowned child. La Llorona haunted the area after her death, wailing over the loss of her little one.

Grey Moss Inn

Original owner Mary Howell’s presence can still be felt 30 years after her death in this Helotes establishment. Staff members says they still smell her familiar rose-scented perfume. That accompanies the usual bevy of unexplained door slamming and object moving that comes with ghostly territory.

San Antonio Insane Asylum

Ghost hunt at your own risk here -- it’s illegal to trespass at the now-shuttered San Antonio Insane Asylum. Located near the far southeast corner of the city, shadowy figures are said to lurk in the second-story windows.
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Sartor House

The Sartor House was built in the late 1800s in the King William District. Now the ghost that haunts the building’s parlor and hallway is said to be a friendly sort.

The Gunter Hotel

The legend of Room 636 is of a grisly murder from 1965. A man named Walter Emerick murdered a beautiful blonde woman in the room, soaking the bed with blood in the process. She’s never been identified, but is rumored to still haunt her final resting place. Emerick killed himself in the St. Anthony Hotel when police came to arrest him.

Willow Run Apartments

Formerly a motel, the complex was once known as Caribbean Apartments, and is located near the intersection of Jackson Keller Road and Oblate Drive. Residents report hearing strange thumps in the night, toilets flushing on their own and lights turning off and on by themselves.

Huebner-Onion Homestead

The story goes that an Joseph Huebner, an Austrian blacksmith who built the home, died from drinking kerosene instead of liquor in the late 1800s. His ghost now haunts the building, creaking up and down the stairs and filling the air with peculiar clicking noises.

The Alamo

With more than 100 Texian deaths and almost five times as many Mexican ones, the Alamo is rife with ghost stories.
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Incarnate Word University

A former nun is said to haunt Dubuis Hall, one of the dorms for first-years at UIW. Students report being stalked or watched, and one girl claims her stuffed animals were all rearranged.


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