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Haunting of McDow Hole on Highway 6

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The state of Texas is famous for many things: The Dallas Cowboys, The San Antonio Spurs, The Texas Rangers, and The Alamo. We are also famous for people: Lyndon B. Johnson, Ann Richards, and The Bushs. Well, we are also famous for ghosts. This is the story of the Ghost at McDow Hole. McDow Hole is located in Erath County.

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In the 1860s, a couple, Charlie and Jenny Papworth, moved into a cabin near the McDow Hole on the creek. The hole was named after his uncle, Jim McDow. After Charlie’s parents died, he left on a trip to complete family business. Jenny and the two children stayed behind. During the day she busied herself with her children and her chores. In the evening, she would take the children and stay at the McDow’s. One night Jenny and the kids didn’t show up. The McDows became frantic the next day. When they arrived at the cabin, they found the place in disarray and a trail of blood. Their son was found under the bed, but Jenny and the baby were never found.

Initially, the main suspect was W.P. Brownlow. He was known as a troublemaker around town. He immediately blamed the notorious Comanche tribe. This raised a red flag with townspeople and they began to question Brownlow’s part in the incident. No proof was ever found. Charlie and the little boy moved away. That is when the hauntings started.

The residents of the cabin thereafter have witnessed Jenny and her daughter over the years. She is often seen standing, holding her baby girl. Even scaring one man to death.

Later, a couple of drunks heard about the ghost in the cabin. They bet a bartender in town they could stay in the haunted cabin for three days without a problem. When the townsfolk went to check on them, they were nowhere to be found. Though they found the cabin riddled with bullet holes.

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