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Haunted or Hoax: The Ghostly Accounts of the Historic Ott Hotel

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Move over, Overlook—Texas has its own reputedly haunted hotel. We all know that Texas is no stranger to ghost stories. The city of Liberty is the third oldest city in the state of Texas, founded in 1831. The casualties of the Mexican Revolution, the Texas Revolution, and the American Civil War saw the deaths of many early Texas settlers, including three brothers from Liberty who died in the legendary Battle of the Alamo.

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Few cities in the state have that wide a gulf of history. History is that great tapestry from which ghosts spring forth. We conjure forth the ideas and atmospheres of those long dead, carrying their arguments and axioms into our own generations. The ghosts in Liberty, Texas, however, are supposedly far less metaphorical.

The building, constructed in 1928, underwent renovations in 2002 when the current owners acquired the building. According to customers and staff alike, it was these renovations that stirred up the spirits.

Haunted or Hoax: The Ghostly Accounts of the Historic Ott Hotel

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Several apparitions have appeared before patrons of the inn, most notably Joshua and Anna. They are a pair of lovers who were killed by the same bullet in 1930. The wife was sharing a room with a man who was not her husband, and the jealous husband stormed the room with a pistol. To this day it is not known who fired the gun.

Orbs, a common manifestation of spirits witnessed in the paranormal investigation community, have been seen to roam the halls at night. Patrons have also reported loud footsteps, doors slamming by themselves, and loud knocking without apparent source.

Haunted or Hoax: The Ghostly Accounts of the Historic Ott Hotel
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If you don’t consider yourself a believer in the paranormal, the hotel still offers a glimpse of Texas history that is hard to rival, having been restored to its original 1920s appearance and decorated with informational plaques about the history of the Ott and the town of Liberty.

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