Ghastly ghosts: Have you visited these 4 spooky spots in Galveston?

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Throughout its history, Galveston has played host to tragedy and death. With events like the Great Galveston Storm of 1900 in its past, it’s no wonder islanders and tourists alike have reported sighting ghastly apparitions at locations throughout the island. Whether you believe in the paranormal, or you just enjoy a spooky story, you don’t have to try too hard to find either in Galveston.

Apparitions have been reported to haunt these four historic Galveston locations.

Hotel Galvez

Hotel Galvez circa 1911 (Photo Courtesy: Hotel Galvez & Spa) (Hotel Galvez & Spa)

Opened in 1911 as a symbol of Galveston’s resiliency in the wake of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, the historic beachfront hotel Hotel Galvez bears the name of Bernardo de Galvez, 1st Viscount of Galveston, for whom the island was named. Throughout its illustrious history, Hotel Galvez, dubbed the “Queen of the Gulf,” has played host to presidents, celebrities and, purportedly, even a few ghosts, including the ghost of a lovelorn woman who supposedly committed suicide in room 501. The tale goes that the young woman, Audra, was waiting for her beloved, a sailor, to return from a voyage. One day, she received news that her fiancé's ship had sunk during a powerful storm. Audra held out hope and kept her vigil for days. Ultimately though, convinced her fiancé was dead, she hanged herself. A few days later, Audra’s fiancé returned to the Galvez in search of her.

2024 Seawall Blvd

Ashton Villa

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger stood on the balcony of the building and declared that all slaves were free, marking the date of the historic Juneteenth celebrations in Texas. (galvestonhistory.org)

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