San Antonio has many haunted locations, and its history certainly explains why. The Alamo is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about San Antonio. However, there are many other historical sites including the Spanish missions, Ft. Sam Houston and its old BAMC (Brooks Army Medical Center), the National Cemetery located on Ft. Sam Houston, the Emily Morgan hotel, the Alamodome, and many others.
My favorite haunted site, and probably the most haunted, is the Menger Hotel. Teddy Roosevelt stayed in the hotel when he was recruiting for his Rough Riders. A chambermaid was murdered in the hotel. And there are other ‘spirits’ of other former living people who frequent the hotel.
This is what the Menger originally looked like:
This is what it looks like today as it sits next to the Alamo and facing Alamo Plaza:
Located next to the Alamo, the Rivercenter mall, and the River Walk, the Menger Hotel offers many sights for the visitor to enjoy and also offers the possibility of seeing some ghostly sights within the hotel. Many incidents have taken place in the bar. One night a custodian was cleaning the bar area and saw a man in an old fashioned uniform sitting on a bar stool at the end of the bar. The worker tried to leave, but both doors (which had been standing open) were closed and locked. After loud pounding, the night manager came and unlocked the doors. The custodian was understandably unnerved and never returned to work at the hotel again. One night a couple was getting ready to leave the bar at closing time. As the husband was off to one side waiting for his wife, a gentleman entered the bar and was walking straight toward the woman. As the woman’s husband approached to intercept the stranger he disappeared before their eyes.
There is another story I’ve heard, which really puts the scare in you. A female guest of the hotel was in the bathroom putting on her makeup, when a “chambermaid” entered holding the woman’s necklace.
“Is this your’s, ma’am?” the chambermaid asked. The guest was scared and, since the exit to the bathroom was blocked, she just stood staring, wide-eyed. The “chambermaid” then disappeared before her very eyes. Her necklace fell to the floor. The guest promptly checked out of the hotel.
In the small hours of the morning many of the waitresses at the hotel have seen a man dressed in a nice suit of the late 19th century style sitting on a bench in the patio area. In the original lobby of the hotel a woman has been seen wearing a blue dress and knitting. She faded from sight upon being approached and spoken to. There are also spirits throughout the less public areas of the hotel. Sallie White was an employee whose husband murdered her. She wanders the hotel corridors, being seen mostly at night. She wears a long gray skirt and a bandana around her head. Most often she is carrying towels as if to deliver them to a guest room. The hotel paid for the woman’s funeral, and (according to legend) her husband was never caught and punished. Capt. Richard King haunts the King Suite, entering via a doorway that no longer exists.
There are nightly ‘ghost tours’ in San Antonio. Some are walking tours and others use buses.
If you are planning a visit to San Antonio, don’t neglect the history of the city and its many ghostly residents.
Do you have any ghostly memories when you visited San Antonio? Comment below, please.
- The Most Haunted Hotel in Texas (thesoutherndrawl.com)