Second Chance Sunday: Ghosts and Two Georges for One Buck

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We’ve made it to Halloween Day and here in New England we are actually having some autumn weather. It’s 35 degrees with a wind chill of 27 and snow is falling about 40 miles from my living room and it could be headed our way. We’ll see. At any rate, be extra careful tonight if you get out and about and watch for all the little ghouls and goblins seeking treats and tricks – unless the kid is too old to be trick or treating. If that’s the case, then slip the little fooker some tofu, it’ll serve ’em right.

Lots of football going on today, but the real game for my friends in Texas is Game 4 of the World Series, with San Fran leading the Rangers 2 games to 1, after another great outing for Colby Lewis last night. Tonight Madison Bumgarner takes the hill for the bad guys and Tommy Hunter will try to even the Series for Texas. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:20 EDT tonight in Arlington.

Thanks to you, our Country Music Month Tribute was a big success. I want to thank you for all the kind words and the time you took to pay us a visit. I am, indeed, very grateful. I went through the Three States Plus One archives and picked out three of the most popular posts for the month, and decided to give them an encore presentation. There are a thousand memories to relived, so let’s get to it.

  • George Strait – Even after thirty years-plus as a major Country Music star, this guy is still cranking out Number 1’s and continues to sell out venues all over the world. And he’s still country. Can I get an “amen” from the readership?
  • George Jones – With a career entering its seventh decade, there still ain’t another soul on God’s Green Earth that can sing ’em like The Possum.
  • Buck Owens – I remember hearing Buck Owens songs on the radio, KBOX-1480, when I was a little boy in Fort Worth. Buck and Don Rich gave us harmony that is still some of the best ever in Country Music.

Over the past few days, I also posted some good, spooky stuff about some haunted places in the Three States. For the scary details click here, here, here, here, here and here. That’s a good day’s worth of reading right there, so whenever you get a minute and you want something to do, just click away. If you dare.

**Photo from The Regina Leader-Post**

Texas Tidbits: Lone Star Spirits

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Real ?**

Twas the night before Halloween, ghosts and ghouls are waiting to be seen
Children with their costumes pulled up taut, looking for treats and homes to haunt,
Grown ups dressed up, both sexes, And here’s a post about haunted Texas.

This post will link to a page with several places in Haunted Texas. Some have videos and of course, there are lots of photos. If you don’t have time to look at them all, you can always come back another time or two to finish up, but make sure to check out as many as you can.

For my friends in the Metroplex, one of the stories is about the Lady of  White Rock Lake, an oldie but a goodie.

Have fun learning about Haunted Texas.

**Photo from students.ou.edu**

Maine Minutiae: Haunted Maine – Seguin Island Lighthouse

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Being a lighthouse keeper in the late 18th on into the early 20th Century had to be a lonely ass job. It’s not like the lighthouse keepers of the day were able to catch I Love Lucy reruns on a flat panel TV or plug in a computer to keep themselves and their family entertained, especially when the winter came. Winters up here can be brutal. Even a “normal” winter ain’t exactly a walk through the park. Which leads us to our story.

Seguin Lighthouse is situated 186 feet high on the rocky cliffs two miles off the Maine coast at the mouth of the Kennebec River. As the crow flies that’s about 50 miles from where I sit. Getting supplies to the island back in the 19th Century was a tedious task. Summers in the area were great, but when Old Man Winter came, not so much.

On one occasion, a guy took a job as the Seguin Island Lighthouse keeper and with him he took his young wife. Needless to say, she became bored in a very short period of time. So, the husband, wanting to keep his wife sane and happy had a piano shipped to the island. This does not end well. Here  is where you can read the whole story.

Lighthouses are usually thought of a beacons of hope and guidance, but in some cases, such as the one in the story above, lighthouses become places of loneliness and despair.

Texas Tidbits: Haunted Texas – The Alamo

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Sacred Ground

Yesterday when I wrote about the alleged spirits at The Menger Hotel in San Antonio, which is adjacent to the Alamo, I was curious as to why there was no mention of ghosts at the most Sacred Ground in Texas, the Alamo itself. I employed the use of my legendary Google-Fu and came up with some very interesting stories about just such a thing – ghosts at the Alamo.

Rather than give you a synopsis of each ghost story related to the Alamo, I’ll give you the link to them and let you read them at your leisure. There are several of them and they are fairly short, so reading a couple at a time shouldn’t present too much of a problem. After the links, I will have a final word on my thoughts about what the stories have to say.

Confession: I am a Catholic, so I guess “confession” is a good choice of words. 🙂 I believe in the paranormal. I think that we mere humans must bore God to pieces sometimes, so, in my mind, there has to be something else out there – some kind of “bridge” between life as we know it and the afterlife, Angels and demons and all that. I obviously have no proof of this “bridge” between the living and the dead, it’s just something I believe. Having said that, it comes as no surprise to me that there would be ghosts, apparitions, spirits, pick a name, at the Alamo. I mean the Battle of the Alamo is a historic event of mammoth proportions – a symbols of man’s yearning to be free and what he is willing to do to live free, even if it means certain death. Surely when Colonel William Barrett Travis saw 4000 Mexican soldiers awaiting the order to attack the Alamo, he had to think, “We may all die here today, but our sacrifice will inspire men everywhere to stand up for their freedom, no matter the odds.” I think that God allows us to see these spirits at places like the Alamo to remind us, amongst other things, that freedom ain’t free and sometimes we must make incredible sacrifices to keep it, like the sacrifice that Jesus made so man could eventually be at the right hand of The Almighty. Dieing for freedom is not a choice of life or death, so much as it is a choice to live, not only today, but forever. God bless the defenders of the Alamo and God bless Texas.

Colorado Chronicles: A Haunted Mine Story

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Haunted?

I have written many stories about Colorado on this blog, and there’s a recurring theme to most of them – something to do with mines. On two other posts today, I wrote about a haunted hotel in Texas and a haunted lighthouse in Maine. I think each of those topics are appropriate for the state they are located in – Texas, Wild West, Hotel and Maine, Lots of coastline and a lighthouse. So what could be more fitting as we near Halloween, than a haunted mine in Colorado? The best way to tell this story is to let the old time newspaper articles speak for themselves.

  • Here’s an excerpt to a newspaper article dated October 13, 1840. Read it the click on the orange “McDygut Journal” link at the bottom left of the story.
  • The “McDygut Journal” link above takes you to a new page with a replica of the journal in question. When you get to this point, the bottom right hand corner of each page of the journal is “dog-eared”. Click on the “dog ear” and turn the page by dragging the dog ear to the left. The journal features the original writing of Mr. McDygut on the right hand page, and a transcription on the left hand page. 

This is real stuff and it’s real good. let me know what you think in the comments.  🙂

Maine Minutiae: A Haunted Lighthouse

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Haunted? Wood Island Lighthouse c.1858*

With Halloween only days away, I thought I’d get to posting some spooky stuff. Like they say, the early bat gets the blood. Or something like that. A ghostly story that has been around for more than a century continues to haunt the residents of Wood Island , Maine. This tale begins in 1896 with a murder-suicide near the lighthouse at Wood Island where a drunk lobster fisherman (imagine that! a drunk fisherman!) , Howard Hobbs, and a buddy (also a drunk) were renting a chicken coop from one Frederick Milliken, who just happened to be a part-time Sheriff at Wood Island. After a night on the mainland getting FUBAR’ed Milliken invited the two drunks to his home to discuss some overdue rent on the chicken coop. Hobbs took a rifle to the meeting and you can guess, nothing good was gonna come from that. Hobbs shot and killed Milliken and then ran to the nearby lighthouse where he proceeded to blow his own brians out. But! The story does not end there. It is said that ghosts, presumably Milliken and Hobbs, haunt the lighthouse to this very day. As a matter of fact, one lighthouse keeper was so distraught by the hauntings, that he, too, commited hari kari. nelights.com has the story in great detail. It’s pretty spooky and just in time for Halloween.

 **Photo courtesy of StrangeMaine.com**

Texas Tidbits: Haunted Texas – The Menger Hotel in San Antonio

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The Menger Hotel – Does It Have Ghostly Guests?

We are just three days away from Halloween, so I thought it would be kind of cool to post some ghost stories and what have you for the next few days.

I did a little reading to find out some things about the haunted history of Texas. I was surprised to learn that Texas is one of the most haunted states in the nation. I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised considering that all my exes live in Texas. I’m just sayin’. That said, it doesn’t surprise me that a place as large as Texas would have over 200 ghost towns within its borders and a large number of haunted hotels as well.

The World Famous Menger Hotel in San Antonio has been a part of Texas almost since Texas was granted statehood. located adjacent to the Alamo and built in 1859, the Menger has hosted Presidents, Buffalo Bill, Geronimo, Babe Ruth, Robert E. Lee and more than one ghostly apparition. In fact, the Menger is considered to be one of the most haunted hotels on the globe and is believe by many to house at least thirty-two spirits from beyond.

One of these alleged spirits is a man who is dressed in a military uniform who is suspected of being Teddy Roosevelt, who as Secretary of Navy in 1898, recruited some his famous Rough Riders in the hotel bar. Bully!
Another suspected ghost is that of Captain Richard King, founder of the historic King Ranch. captain King fell ill while staying at the Menger and spent his final months there. He is said to be frequently seen standing in the doorway to the King Ranch Room. Of the many alleged spirits roaming the halls of the Menger, the most-seen is a lady named Sallie White. Sallie was a chambermaid at the hotel and was murdered there by her husband in 1876. Sallie is seen wearing an old gray skirt and a bandana, carrying towels that she never delivers. Her footsteps are reportedly heard in the hallways of the Menger, to the delight of many of the hotel’s guests.

The Menger would be a great place to spend Halloween, in search of the spirits of  the long departed. and if you fail in your quest to see these ghosts, a few shots of tequila from the Menger Bar and you’ll have all the spirits you need.

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