Haunted Places in Houston

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    Julia Ideson Building

    Julia Ideson Building
    Ed Uthman/Flickr

    Houston's main library from 1926 to 1976, the Julia Ideson Building is now a wing of the Houston Public Library's Central (Downtown) branch. The Ideson building houses six floors of archives and what many believe to be a ghost and his canine companion. Jacob Cramer, the building's live-in janitor and violinist, died in his basement quarters in 1936. His ghost — and the ghost of his dog, Petey — are said to haunt the building even today.

    Reported Experiences: Visitors have reported sounds of violin music playing, as well as sounds of a dog's nails clicking against marble floors. 

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    Jefferson Davis Hospital

    This landmark built in 1924 and often referred to as one of the most haunted buildings in America, was built atop a burial grounds for confederate soldiers, slaves and city leaders. The Jefferson Davis Hospital sits eerily along the Buffalo Bayou near White Oak Drive in the Heights. The building has served many functions — including a psychiatric hospital — and was recently renovated and transformed into the Elder Street Artist Lofts.

    Reported Experiences: Before its renovation, the building stood vacant for decades. Those who were brave enough to sneak in during this time claim they heard the ghostly voices of soldiers, nurses and psychiatric patients. 

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    Brewery Tap

    Brewery Tap Houston
    Jerald Jackson/Flickr

    This nearly ancient bar in Houston's Historic Downtown District is home to one of the largest on-tap beer selections in the city. It is also rumored to be home to "William," a gregarious ghost who is said to converse with bar customers from time to time. If you visit this site, be sure to make your way up to the bar and ask about the photo of the alleged ghost. 

    Reported Experiences: Patrons claim to have had conversations with ghosts, and photographs have been taken of orbs and ghostly images of men dressed in 1940's attire. 

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    The Spaghetti Warehouse

    The Downtown landmark formerly occupied by a pharmaceutical company has been rumored to be haunted for decades. The story begins with a distracted young pharmacist who suffered a fatal fall down a dark elevator shaft. His wife's death followed shortly after and allegedly led to the haunting of the building by the lost souls in mourning.

    Reported Experiences: Employees and customers have reported seeing floating objects and vibrating salt shakers, as well as feeling cold spots and moist breezes in bathroom stalls. Some even claim to have felt their hair being tugged and shoulders tapped, though no one was nearby. 

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    Founders Memorial Cemetery

    Founders Memorial Cemetery
    Courtesy of Texas Heritage Society

    This may seem like an obvious one as most cemeteries possess a certain eeriness, but the Founders Memorial Cemetery houses not only over 800 bodies of cholera victims, but also many prominent figures in Houston. An Allen family member who was a co-founder of the city itself, the mother of Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar and one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence are all buried at this site.

    Reported experiences: Visitors have claimed to see the visible face of Robert Barr on his grave, as well as full-bodied ghosts walking the premises. 

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    The Wunsche Bros. Cafe

    The Wunsche Bros. building has worn many hats over the years: hotel, rail station, brothel and (until recently) restaurant. The first two-story building in the town's history, the Wunsche Bros. Cafe is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Old Town Spring. Legend has it that part-owner Charlie Wunsche, who was brutally jilted by his love interest, later returned to haunt the building and its visitors. 

    Reported experiences: People have reported sightings of Charlie in his former hotel room and on the cafe's balcony, and employees claim to have been locked out of the building by an unknown entity.