The Menger Hotel would become one of San Antonio’s haunted hotels. Opened by William Menger on February 1, 1859, the hotel was constructed on Menger’s brewery site, the first brewery in Texas. Said to have been the finest hotel west of the Mississippi River, it once hosted such notables as Sam Houston, Generals Lee and Grant and Presidents McKinley, Taft, Eisenhower, and Roosevelt; Babe Ruth, and Mae West.
The most often sighted spiritual guest is a woman named Sallie White. Long ago, Sallie was a chambermaid who worked within the hotel, and one night, after an argument with her husband, she stayed overnight.
The next day her husband threatened to kill her, and sometime later, on March 28, 1876, he attacked her outside the hotel. Badly injured, she held on for two days before dying of her injuries.
According to the hotel’s ledgers, it paid for her funeral at the cost of $32.00.
Today, Sallie continues to perform her duties within the Victorian wing of the hotel. Sallie has been seen numerous times wearing an old long gray skirt and a bandana around her forehead, the uniform common during her era. At night, Sallie is seen walking the hotel hallways, carrying a load of clean towels.
Another apparition often talked about is Captain Richard King. Owner of one of the largest ranches in the world called The King Ranch. A regular visitor at the Menger Hotel during his lifetime, he had a personal suite within the hotel.
When he learned of his soon-to-come death from his physicians, Captain King spent the last months of his life, wrote his will disposing of his great wealth, and said; goodbye to his friends in his suite at the Menger. On April 15, 1885, King’s funeral took place in the Menger’s parlor. Today, the room in which he stayed is called the “King Ranch Room.”
He can often be seen entering his old room, going right through the wall where the door used to be located before it was remodeled.
Originally dedicated on November 20, 1909, the historic Gunter Hotel’s roots date back to the Republic of Texas’s first year. In 1837, at the corner of what was then El Rincon and El Paseo Streets was the Frontier Hotel. By the turn of the century, these streets had been renamed St. Mary’s Street and Houston Avenue.
Jot Gunter, along with a group of investors, decided that a palatial new hotel would meet the demands of the state’s most progressive city, and with that, the Gunter Hotel was born.
Designed by the same architectural firm that did the Hotel Adolphus in Dallas and the Galvez in Galveston, the magnificent hotel was the largest building in San Antonio at the time.
The San Antonio landmark quickly established a reputation for excellence and became a favorite for business and leisure travelers from across the country.
Across the street from the Majestic Theater, the hotel has attracted its share of Hollywood celebrities, including Mae West and cowboy film stars Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, and Gene Autry. Other notable guests over the years included Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
The Gunter Hotel also has a more infamous past. In 1965, an unidentified woman was cut up and ran through a meat grinder at the historic hotel, and her restless spirit is said to haunt the 6th floor today.
Address: 205 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Compared to many other historic hotels, the Emily Morgan Hotel has only been open since
1984. In 2015, it was inducted into the Historic Hotels of American Organization.
Its historical importance within San Antonio was noted even earlier, in 1977, when the National Register of Historic Places recognized it as part of the Alamo Plaza Historic District.
Since then, the mark of acknowledgment Emily Morgan has received has been countless and featured in numerous magazines, including one composed by American Airlines.
In 2010, it received the American Institute of Architects San Antonio’s Twenty-Five Year Distinguished Building Award.
The thirteen-stories tall, Gothic Revival structure has been home to The Emily Morgan since the mid-1980s. The building itself has been much more than that since the 1920s.
In truth, it was the building’s first usage nearly one hundred years ago as a hospital that earned the Emily Morgan Hotel yet one more mark of acknowledgment in 2015.
In 2015, USA Today listed the Emily Morgan Hotel as the third most haunted hotel globally. Yeah, that’s right, the third most haunted.
When the Emily Morgan Hotel opened in 1984, it claimed one of San Antonio’s most remembered icons: the infamous Emily Morgan.
Born Emily D. West (c. 1815-1891), Emily was a free woman of color who hailed originally from New Haven, Connecticut. As a woman of mixed race during the early nineteenth century, it was custom to serve as an indentured servant for one year to a few years. Emily West was no different, and in 1835, when Emily was twenty years old, she found herself contracted to James Morgan.
As was also custom, she took his surname and was due to complete her time owed in Morgan’s Point, Texas, as a housekeeper at the New Washington Association’s Hotel.
Things did not work out as planned and not as smoothly as Emily wished.
On April 16, 1836, Emily and her colleagues are taken by the Mexican Cavalry only several months into her contractural agreement. Their man in charge? General Santa Ana himself, the most legendary Mexican General in, well, history pretty much.
Santa Ana gathered the kidnapped lot of them and marched them out to the Mexican army camp at Buffalo Bayou, where the city of Houston is today. The Mexican army was recharging, regrouping after the legendary fall of the Alamo, not six weeks before. They prepared to face Sam Houston’s troops next.
The battle for Texan Independence loomed significant overhead—although it’s impossible to imagine General Santa Ana furrowing his brow in concern at all. He ran one of the best armies of his day and age. Squaring off with Sam Houston would just be stamping out another revolt on Santa Anna’s part.
On the other hand, no one could have predicted how that squaring-off known as the Battle of San Jacinto—would play out. On the morning that Houston and his men rode into Buffalo Bayou, General Santa Ana was preoccupied. Santa Anna liked Emily Morgan, and on the morning of the battle, he invited her into his tent for entertainment. Some say she merely danced for the general.
Some say Emily might have slipped him a drugged concoction that made him useless for battle. Better yet, others suggest that Emily Morgan was so skilled that she helped the Texans win their independence in a matter of eighteen minutes.
Saint Anthony Hotel rises above Travis Park in downtown San Antonio.
It was the first purely luxury hotel in Texas.
But in the last century since the grand opening of The St. Anthony’s, there has been one thing that has never changed the hotel’s ghostly population.
No matter how much the living love this hotel, it seems that its spirits love it even more.
The tenth floor is reputedly the most haunted level of The St. Anthony Hotel. People working at the hotel have heard the sounds of footsteps behind them. This staff member said he heard the distinct sound of shuffling feet behind him one night when walking down the hall. He slowed to a stop. So did the shuffling of feet behind him. The electrician was sure he was going to find someone was walking behind him. But when he turned around, he was by himself.
One guest staying on the tenth floor was asleep when she heard sounds of slapping on her door. She said it sounded like a belt slapping against the wood.
She got out of the bed and went to the door. When she swung it open, there was not a single person in sight. But then it started again: Whack. Whack. Whack. Whack. When the lady looked, doors were swinging open as everyone heard the same noise strike their doors down the hall.
At 6:15 AM the following day, the same thing happened again on the tenth floor. When the people staying on the tenth floor looked out into the hall, no one was there.
Built at the turn of the century in 1909 as San Antonio’s first high-rise office building, this magnificent property has been transformed into a luxurious and modern boutique hotel while maintaining the original characteristics of the city’s most treasured historical building.
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In 1836, the Alamo compound was a massive compound.
The plaza was 462 feet by 162 feet, with the exterior limestone walls being nearly two-to-four feet thick.
Throughout the Alamo were large-scale cannons, some 18-pounders, some 12-pounders. All of them were positioned to do significant damage against the Mexican Army.
The Alamo compound was undoubtedly a sight to behold as the Mexican troops swarmed in on March 6th.
To find where General Santa Ana’s army came over the Alamo walls, check out the upper left wall where Colonel William Travis is said to have died.
Today, only the old jail, barracks, and chapel remain from this grand mission and fort.
The Alamo Defenders had laid out the Alamo like a medieval fortress for protection. The 189 Texans trapped behind the walls were no match for the nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers.
The ones who witnessed the fighting later said that the northwest corner of the Alamo saw the heaviest fighting and the heaviest amount of bloodshed.
Some of them even said that there were so many mangled and decapitated bodies in that section of the Alamo compound, the soil was saturated—soaked through—with all of the wounded and dead blood.
Located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, this is a haunted hotel constructed in 1879. The building was deemed too small by 1912.
Despite the beauty of this building, the environment inside was one of true terror. The jail was called the Death Row on the River. Coincidentally, the building was deemed too small by 1912. Unable to accommodate the population in San Antonio and the surrounding area.
The city had a third story added to house the increasing criminal population. Some of the worst criminals in San Antonio’s long history have called the Bexar County Jail House their home, as well as the place where they took their final breath.
This five-story hotel offers guests in search of paranormal activity a real treat. There are countless tales of unexpected occurrences and strange coincidences filling these halls and rooms with a mysterious energy.
Still to this day, there are many reports of the hotel’s cold spots in rooms. It does not matter what time of year it is, a chilling draft blows over the top of people in their rooms.
Many guests have said their rooms have felt like a strange presence is moving about.
People who work at the hotel say when they are tired or frustrated, on or run down, the feeling of being watched will feel more intense than normal.
Lights in the halls and different rooms will flicker or shut off altogether.