As the old phrase goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas”. Well creepy things are creepier in Texas! If you don’t believe me, check out these terrifying Texas-sized tales of terror from the Lone Star State.
Bragg Road Lights
Everyone in East Texas knows the story of Bragg Lights, also known as the “Light of Saratoga”. Supposedly, when you travel down the dirt expanse known as Bragg Road, you can often catch glimpses of strange lights in the night sky. Some say it’s the ghost of a railroad worker decapitated in an accident. They say the light is from his lantern which he uses to search for his missing head.
Around the 1850s, a young woman lost her two children in a fire. Although she survived, when her wounds healed she was left with face that sagged and drooped from her skull. Her fingers were fused together and now resembled animal hooves, hence the name “Donkey Lady.” The loss of her children had also driven her insane. At night, she would wander the bridge over Elm Creek just south of San Antonio. There she terrorized travelers and still does today (now as a ghost!), often appearing in front of cars screaming or chasing after anyone who dares to cross the bridge.
The White Lady of Rio Frio
The story behind this one is actually true and documented. It is a love story from the early 1900s about two sisters who were both considered to be the prettiest girls in all of Rio Frio. Maria, the youngest, helped care for her older sister’s children and looked forward to the day she would have her own. As Maria grew older, her sister’s husband took notice of the younger sibling’s beauty. When he expressed his love for Maria, she laughed which sent the young man into a rage. She ran away and hid in the woods. Her sister’s husband found her there and shot her dead. He eventually confessed to the murder and was sent to prison. Many people say the young beautiful Maria makes regular ghostly appearances. Dressed in all white, she still walks up and down the banks of the Frio River, a forlorn spirit still hoping to one day marry and have a family of her own.
A very famous legend in Latin culture, La Llorona’s name translates to “The Crier”. Llorona walks the banks of the Rio Grande looking for her two children. The spirit is that of an unmarried woman with two children. She fell deeply in love with a man she hoped to marry, but the man refused to marry her because of her children, so she stabbed them and threw them into the river. Covered in blood, the woman went back to her lover and begged him to marry her, explaining that her children were dead and now they could be together. Completely disturbed, the man refused and alerted the authorities. An angry mob gathered to chase the woman down. She ran to a bridge over the raging waters of the Rio Grande where she jumped into the waters below and drowned. It is said that the Gods punished her by giving her the head of a horse and cursing her to wander the river banks at night. There are many who still steer clear river at night for fear that they’ll run into her evil spirit.
Hell’s Gate at River Legacy Park
It is said that if you walk along this Arlington, Texas trail in the thick forest of River Legacy Park, you’ll find an old bog. This is the exact spot where a group of Union Army soldiers were executed during the Civil War. Many say that if you walk along this trail at night, you’ll still hear the cries of those soldiers as they wait for their execution. Locals gave it the name Hell’s Gate as though these soldiers stand watch at the entrance to the underworld.