Friday, April 06, 2018

Austin's Paranormal feature

Austin’s Best Haunted Buildings

Naturally, America’s weirdest city would also have some of the weirdest attractions. While every city boasts its own haunted attractions, not everyone can claim to be home to one of the most brutal massacres of history. Austin’s Shoal Creek is widely recognized as one of Texas’s most violent and haunted attractions and continues to attract historians and thrill seekers alike.

Let’s explore some of the most haunted Austin real estate.

Oakwood Cemetery

What is paranormal without a cemetery? Over a span of 40 acres, 23,000 individuals are laid out to rest...or not rest. Two specific ghosts that the adventurous seek here are General Sam Houston and a 5 year old child’s grave who had a bronze statue placed on his tombstone, which supposedly quickly turned black. It is believed that the palms of the statue are face down at night but face up during the day. It inspired and haunted residents so much that they named the site black Jesus.

2. The Driskill Hotel

Photo via Flickr by Matt Squirrell

Elegant on the outside and horrific on the inside, this hotel is not your ordinary tower of terror. According to some reports, mysterious noises linger throughout the halls of this hotel. A portrait of a little girl hangs in the lobby, but this little girl is not really a little girl but a spirit, who lounges near the stairs. According to legend, she fell down the grand staircase and still haunts that very same staircase to this day.

Inside the hotel there were also two suicides, in the same room, 20 years apart to the day. What’s even creepier is that they were both brides staying in the hotel. They married death in that hotel. Without a doubt hanging here for too long will surely give you goosebumps.

3. Shoal Creek Indian Massacre Site

As previously mentioned, this site is widely regarded as one of the spookiest and horrific in all of Texas’s history. The house on this site is full of unknown entities and was used as a burial ground for slaughtered Native American residents. Don’t go there past 10pm, as some claim that you will likely not return.

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A Wedding for the Widower by Liz Isaacson

A widower with a son, a widow with breast cancer, and their path toward true love…

Former rodeo champion and cowboy Walker Thompson trains horses at Brush Creek Horse Ranch, where he lives a simple life in his cabin with his ten-year-old son, Michael. A widower of six years, he’s just trying to provide a life for Michael that his late wife would’ve approved of. He’s worked with Tess Wagner, a widow who came to Brush Creek to escape the turmoil of her life to give her seven-year-old son, Graham, a slower pace of life. Together, they run a cotton candy stand at the town’s Heritage Festival every fall, donating the money they raise to the National Widows & Widowers Foundation to help those who’ve suffered the way they have.

Walker’s boss and best friend, ranch owner Landon Edmunds, has encouraged him to start dating, and Walker looks no further than Tess. She’s interested in him too, but neither of them wants to inflict more sorrow and suffering on the other than they’ve already endured. So when Tess confesses that her breast cancer has flared up again, Walker backs off. Way off.

In the end, he’ll have to decide if he’d rather spend even a short time with Tess and Graham than not have them in his life at all. Tess wants to feel God’s love and power, but she’ll have to discover and accept God’s will in order to find her happy ending.

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