These Dallas Haunted Legends Will Leave Your Hair Standing Long After You’re Done Reading About Them
It's October, so ghost stories and haunted legends are moving faster than Dean Winchester's 1967 Chevy Impala in the TV series 'Supernatural' (I've been binge-watching). And since we're in Texas, there is absolutely no shortage of urban legends rooted in the deep and sometimes bloody history of the lone star state.
Onlyinyourstate.com and Ranker.com loves churning out ghost stories about Texas and in their article, "Meet 12 Ghosts From Texas And Hear Their Bone-Chilling Stories", we get to learn some of the backstories of these urban legends. Here are some of the creepier ones on the list that are close by.
Goatman (Lake Worth Monster) - Fort Worth
You can find lore on this one everywhere from Dallas News to NBC DFW to word of mouth from locals. Originally seen on Greer Island, this story's roots were born from a tragedy of the Washburn family. According to Only in Your State, Oscar Washburn was a black goat farmer who got along with his community in North Texas - except for the local Klansmen. The story goes that they kidnapped him, tied a noose around his neck and threw him over the side. When they looked down, however, there was nothing on the the noose. The group then went on to kill the rest of the family.
The legend goes that if you turn your headlights while driving across the bridge, you will see Goatman and he just might grab you, throw rocks at your or even throw tires!
According to Dallas News, 1969 was a year where many locals said they spotted the monster on the shoreline of the West Fork of the Trinity River. Sightings made local papers and it started a hunting frenzy for the Goatman or "Lake Worth Monster". The lore says Goatman - standing 7-feet-tall and has inhuman strength - can swim, climb trees and likes to eat fish and chickens.
Other legends say this is actually Bigfoot and by the description given in local newspapers, it fits the bill. I mean, what human being can throw a tire 500 feet?
Lady of White Rock Lake - Dallas
This well-known legend really gives me the chills. Supposedly a 21-year-old (ish) woman haunts this lake. Wearing a sopping wet dress from the 1930's, the ghost asks drivers if they can bring her home on Gaston Avenue in Dallas. On the way to taking her home (ya crazies!), she suddenly disappears and leaves the seat soaking wet.
IN 1943, a detailed account of an encounter with her was given by Anne Clark, which was later published in Texas Folklore Society. Another sighting was documednted in 1953
Some stories say the woman drowned in a boating accident while others say she committed suicide in the lake. But ever since her death, people have reported seeing her. This video below is obviously fake, but I'm in a heeby-jeebies mood so I'm posting it anyway!
Flag Pole Hill - Dallas
This legend doesn't stray too far from White Rock Lake. According to Ranker, driving down this narrow horseshoe-shaped road can cause some damage to your car. The story from locals goes that there are some delinquent ghosts that hurl themselves (and stones) at the vehicle. Then you also have a house on Blackbird Lane that is a site to a suicide - a homebuilder who was finishing up the building project.
Snuffer's Ghost - Dallas
Reports from staff at Snuffer's Restaurant on Greenville Avenue will make you think twice about going to dinner alone. According to a story from NBC DFW, there are a lot of eerily similar tales about paranormal activity from wait staff to managers. Even the photographer from the news outlet said he had 'weird issues with the camera, the battery on our lavalier microphone went out, and the flash on our still camera wouldn't function while we tried to capture Snuffer's spooky spirits in the frame'.
From crazy temperature dropoffs (30 degrees!), unexplained footsteps, a bathroom door that likes to creek open on its own and children giggling - you might want to just get takeout!
Owner Pat Snuffer told NBC he's felt and experienced some of these creepy moments. Apparently a man was stabbed about 40 years ago, fell down the stares and his lifeless body blocked the men's restroom door (that would explain the creeking bathroom door.
There is also the story of the site being built on an old children's cemetery. The news website shares a few clips from paranormal investigators at the bottom of their article. Check it out if you want to have your hair on your arms stand straight up.
What do you think? Are people taking too many crazy pills or have you maybe experienced anything freaky around these parts? Some of us at the station find it hard to explain the stuff we've seen lately in East Texas as we tagged along with some paranormal investigators in the last month.