The Most Macabre Destinations in Dallas

Think Dallas is just about big hair and big money? Think again!

When you think of Dallas, you think of big hair, big highways, and big money, but you probably don't think of anything sinister. Yet there's a dark undercurrent running through the city's history, starting with the events of November 22, 1963, at Dealey Plaza. Whether you've just seen the film "Jackie" and want to trace the timeline of that tragic day or you merely want to see a side of the Metroplex that most tourists miss, these are the most macabre destinations in Dallas.

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    Dealey Plaza

    Dealey Plaza Dallas
    Michael Barera via Wikimedia Commons

    Taken out of context, Dealey Plaza is a pretty ordinary place in Dallas. It's a beautifully designed city park in an important area of downtown. Yet one of the most consequential tragedies in American history took place here, which gives this entire part of Dallas' West End a dark feel, even on the sunniest day.

    If you want to take in more than simply the energy of JFK's motorcade as you drive through Dealey Plaza, visit the Sixth Floor Museum. Here, you can learn about the circumstances surrounding the assassination, including why the plaza ended up being the perfect place to fire the shot.

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    The Hand Collection

    Hand Collection Dallas
    Erik Rowley via Trover

    If your idea of Dallas is a haven for superficial shoppers, then the Hand Collection probably sounds like a store that sells moisturizers or nailcare products. This collection actually belongs to the medical doctor Adrian E. Flatt, who took molds of famous people's hands and cast them in brass. Don't get too creeped out, though. The Hand Collection is close enough to IHG hotels near the Rangers Ballpark and other upmarket parts of Dallas that you don't need to sleep with Thing from "The Addams Family!"

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    Munster Museum

    Munster Family
    Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

    Speaking of famously strange TV families, the Dallas region is also home to a museum dedicated to "The Munsters." In Waxahachie, about an hour south of downtown Dallas, you'll find The Munster Museum, an exact replica of the house that the TV Munsters lived in. Without the hilarious shenanigans of Herman, Lily, Eddie, and Grandpa, however, the edifices seems ever creepier. This is especially true in the context of exburban Waxahachie, where the creepiest part of the day is usually the morning commute into the city.

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    Millermore Mansion

    Millermore Mansion
    Zanda via Wikimedia Commons

    Officially, the Millermore Mansion is a historic home. It's a Greek Revival house that dates back to the time of the Civil War, and it's famous mostly for the Confederate soldier who lived there. The legacy of slavery, however, is not the only disturbing thing about this home. According to some, a female ghost haunts both the master bedroom and the nursery. The history is foggy, but it appears as though the death of a child and the collapse of a marriage occurred in this house. Sounds like a nightmare, both for ghosts and living people!

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    Miss Molly's Hotel

    Fort Worth
    Public Domain

    When you think of Fort Worth, about the only "scary" thing you can generally imaging is turning around as you walk to find a massive horse riding behind you. Of course, if this is your perspective, chances are you haven't ever spent a night at Miss Molly's Hotel.

    To be sure, that Miss Molly's has a long history—it serves as a so-called "Oasis" during prohibition—isn't particularly shocking. What is remarkable is that all seven of its themed rooms, which include themes like "Cattlemen" and "Cowboys." have generated reports of hauntings from guests for many decades. In fact, Miss Molly's Hotel has gained a reputation not only as one of the most haunting places in Fort Worth or North Texas but in the entire state of Texas.

    The DFW Metroplex is famous for its flamboyant displays of opulence, but don't discount the fact that truly creepy places exist here. While the degree of darkness varies, from national tragedies to national treasures, there's more to Dallas than meets the eye, even if some squeamish visitors probably won't want to see it.