One of the Most Under Valued Haunted Cities in the U.S.
Grab yourself a beverage, settle in and hold on for a ride! Galveston is, without a doubt, one of the most under-valued paranormal hot-spots in the country! My week there was filled with incredible happenings, tons of spectacular history and helpful, informed and great people! The intense paranormal activity was created by a horrifying and tumultuous past!
If you are looking for paranormal activity, do not rule anyplace out! Traveling with a K2 meter, it flickered and fluctuated at the oddest of times - on street corners, in many buildings and even on the beach! It would be much easier to cite the public buildings which are not haunted than to create a list of those which are! The energy was so intense, I actually had to get off of the island for a little bit! But, I suppose with everything that has happened there, it is no surprise!
This island was, originally, populated by a rather unfriendly cannibalistic tribe. They ate their enemies because they believed they could acquire power this way. Then, along came the swashbuckling, sometimes pirate, sometimes privateer, Jean Lafitte of New Orleans fame. He received a charter to settle the island. There was one little problem, however - the natives! No worries. Jean Lafitte had cannons and guns and the natives had none. They were wiped out in short order except where Jean found the women, er… “useful” to he and his men!
With the cannibals gone, the island began to prosper and by 1825, the Port of Galveston was established and soon became one of the largest seaports in the US! In fact, the port was so strategic that during the Civil War, the Union Army simply could not allow the Confederates to hold the port and, thus, the First Battle of Galveston was fought. Victorious, the Union occupied the city and the port, but didn’t hold onto it long. Determined to regain this strategic port, the Confederates attacked and regained the port 2 months later. Though casualties were minimal in these two battles, they did not help the already inundated Confederate Hospitals, housing casualties from other Civil War battles. Both Union and Confederate soldiers were treated in these hospitals and many still remain!
Soon the Civil War ended and prosperity grew in Galveston. It was the largest city in Texas! Galveston became home to the tycoons of the South and extravagant mansions and buildings popped up all over the little island that was only 8 feet above sea level at its highest point..
In an event that hadn’t been predicted, forecast or planned for, Galveston’s landscape changed forever. It was September 8, 1900 and the day dawned bright and sunny. Families lazily strolled along the beach enjoying the sun and watching the unusually large waves coming ashore…
By the dark of night The Great Storm of 1900, with all its force and fury swept ashore and, in 12 short hours ¼ of the island’s population was dead or missing. Estimates range between 6,000 and 12,000 people were killed in what would, today, be a Category 4 hurricane. No one had any warning.
As the devastation was surveyed, the city found that most of their structures had been completely wiped out. The ones still standing were turned into temporary morgues. Inundated with the dead, ferries began taking the bodies out to sea and dumping them. A few days later, the rotting corpses began washing back up on shore. Funeral pyres were built and lit to dispose of the overwhelming quantity of human remains. They burned for months while the stench of rot and decay overwhelmed the remaining residents. Many of the victims of the storm were never found and, even today, the remains of those lost still, periodically, pop up.
The Great Storm of 1900 remains the largest disaster in U.S. History in terms of human life. Though the 1900 storm was the worst hurricane to hit Galveston, it was by no means the last. In subsequent years hurricanes have continued to wreak havoc on the island and many more have perished at the hands of Mother Nature.
This island gives us the perfect trifecta: brutally murdered natives, Civil War soldiers dead before their time and, an unexpected and horrifying massive loss of human life. I simply cannot imagine why so many transient spirits roam this island looking for peace. Can you?
Michelle Tebow is the President of Ultimate Paranormal which specializes in haunted and historic adventures for small groups and independent travelers. Would you like the inside scoop on Galveston? We’d be happy to help! www.ultimateparanormal.com