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Galveston Texas Haunting’s

They say that Galveston Island is one of the most haunted places in the world. 

Galveston has been home to the allegedly cannibalistic Karankawa Indians and merciless pirates, including the famous Jean Laffite whose lavish and lawless den of thieves was the island's first European settlement. Galvestonians in the 19th century knew fires, epidemics of yellow fever and malaria, military occupation and bitter war, and of course, storms.

The great ‘Storm’, as it is called was a mighty Hurricane that swept across Galveston Island on September 8, 1900. It was the greatest natural tragedy the entire state had ever known. 

 The storm took more than 10,000 men, women and children. Among the dead were 10 sisters and 90 children from the St. Mary's Orphans Asylum, operated by the Sisters of Charity.

St. Mary's Orphanage consisted of two large two-story dormitories just off the beach behind a row of tall sand dunes that were supported by salt cedar trees. The buildings had balconies facing the gulf.On the night of the storm the sisters took the children to the girls' dormitory, as it was the newest and most safe.  The tied themselves tightly to the children and promised to never let go.

The entire building was destroyed in the storm and all but 3 of the children perished.  When the others were found, they were all still tied together.

There were so many dead, that they were taking them out into the sea, by barge, only to have them wash back up on the beach the next day.  It was determined that they would need to be burned.  The city smelled of burning flesh for months. Bodies were found way into February of the next year.

It is said that many of those who were lost in the storm, continue to walk the Island!!  

 Galveston Historical Foundation has 'Haunted History Month in October'.  Check their site for dates and times.  You won't want to miss out on this, unless you are too afraid!!!!!

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Deb Jamail, GRI, E-Pro  

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Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Wow, this is a super post.  I never knew these things about Galveston, very interesting.  Some pretty spooky stories:)

Oct 23, 2010 12:25 PM #1
Vicki Baggs
Vista Real Estate Bayou Vista - Hitchcock, TX
Galveston County Waterfront

Hey nice post - I was reading just last week about the Haunted Tour at Hotel Galvez.  Supposedly a woman still roams the hotel waiting for her love to come back from the sea.  What fun for Halloween!

Oct 23, 2010 01:13 PM #2
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

When I was in college at Texas A&M many decades ago, one of the first places this country boy visited was Galveston to check out the haunting.

Oct 26, 2010 03:11 PM #3
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Deb and I love this stuff and will be looking up some of your info on your post through google. You can post you story to two different groups so could you please join this group ...


and post it here so I can feature it?

Vegas Bob

PS - Russel tipped me on your story!


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