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Do You Know Your Texas Ghosts? [QUIZ]

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There is the old saying that refers to someone that dies suddenly or tragically, that he or she, “died before their time.” The reasons that may keep these roaming spirits on earth vary in  just as many of the countless ways apparitions manifest. Here are some of the more popular ghosts that are seen throughout Texas. Can you match the ghost to the clues provided?

1. In Galveston, a woman patiently anticipated the arrival of her love who was away at sea. She waited for him at the Hotel Galvez, often climbing to the eighth floor in hopes of seeing her love’s ship come in. When rumors that a ship had gone down in a storm, she hung herself because she believed her love had died. Tragically he did not die and emerged on the island several days later.
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2. In 1877 a wealthy couple traveled to Jefferson and checked into the Brooks House under an alias. The woman was last seen with her husband as they walked over the Big Cypress Creek for a picnic. When asked where the wife was, the man claimed that his wife went to visit friends. He disappeared from the area shortly after. A couple weeks later her body was found with a gunshot wound to her head. Authorities tracked the husband in his hometown of Cincinnati, he shot himself in the eye in a botched suicide attempt. His initial conviction was overturned in a second trial.
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3. Surrounded by the University of Austin stands a Victorian style home that was donated by the wife of successful Texas businessman after her death. Many have claimed to see this ghost, sometimes she plays the piano.
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4. The Alamo is considered among the most haunted areas in the United States. Seen holding his rifle while standing guard near the chapel, this transparent figure is dressed in buckskin clothing. He is known from his quote, “You can all go to Hell and I’m going to Texas”.
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5. The legend of a woman that had drowned her child in a creek near San Antonio is among popular folklore. The preferred story is that she drowned her child after her husband left her for another woman. This woman can be heard screaming out near the creek. It is said that if you get to close to the creek, she may drag you in thinking you are her child.
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6. Featured on several TV shows including Ghost Adventures in 2015, this Seguin hotel claims to have 13 ghosts. The ghost tours for this hotel are sold out for the season. If you happen to take a ghost tour here, check your cell phone. According to the owners, it is not uncommon for ghosts to snap pictures with visitor’s cell phones without their knowledge.
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7. Now a restaurant in El Paso, this structure was built in 1849. After stories of paranormal activity by wait staff, employees of a local radio station and a paranormal investigation team spent the night there. Recordings that were taken there include strange footsteps and a perverted ghost.
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8. Kenneth Walker Yandle was a local actor who worked and volunteered for a company that used this theater in Fort Worth. Yandle hung himself in January 1970 after his girlfriend broke up with him. He still roams the theater, often playing tricks on the living.
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9. In the early 1900’s when the Santa Fe railroad and its passengers traveled through Lubbock, train robbers would rob and murder its commuters. Their bodies would be thrown from the trestle just behind the cemetery. It is said there have been cults, murders and suicides at this location.
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10. Another love story turned tragic occurred when a man fell in love with his wife’s younger beautiful sister. When she planned to marry another man he went to her home in a jealous rage and shot her once through the heart. Her apparition is seen as a fog along the Frio River. Her presence here has earned her the name the White Lady of Rio Frio.
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