Haunted buildings in Fort Worth

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Downtown Fort Worth.

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Gather ‘round — In the spirit of Halloween, we have spooky insights on some of the most haunted places in the city + their mysterious inhabitants. Fort Worth was established in 1849, and it appears that some past residents never left.

Read on, if you dare.

The Castle of Heron Bay, 9115 Heron Dr.

Know as the haunted castle of Lake Worth, it was built in 1860 and owned by several families before it was sold to the city of Fort Worth by then-owner Oliver S. Kennedy in 1911.

The mysterious story of the ‘runaway bride’ dates back to 1860 when the owner and builder of the castle found his fiancée floating dead in the lake. It was never clear what happened to her, but people claim to see a woman in a white dress running from the property to the edge of the lake, then vanishing.

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Castle of Heron Bay on Lake Worth.

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Stockyards Hotel, 109 E. Exchange Ave.

Many believe that the historic hotel is haunted by former guests who have long overstayed their welcome. Some say the television and radio set will randomly turn on, the bathroom doors creak open by themselves, and on the second floor, the ghost of a cowboy apparently lurks where a murder supposedly happened in the 1920s.

The star attraction is the Bonnie and Clyde room, where the infamous outlaws checked in during their 1933 escapades. On some occasions, guests have reported the bathroom faucet turning on and off by itself.

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The Stockyards Hotel was established in 1907.

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Miss Molly’s Hotel, 109 W. Exchange Ave.

In the Stockyards sits this ‘haunted hotel’ which opened in 1910. Since that time, the building has been a boarding house, a high-end hotel for wealthy cattlemen, a brothel + the city’s first-ever official bed and breakfast. Over the decades, the building has apparently accumulated a collection of spirits, including a cowboy, a woman, and a small child.

According to the hotel’s website, the seven themed rooms all share stories of paranormal activity, and one previous guest said of their stay, “Do not expect to sleep too much as there is activity all night long.”

The door to Miss Molly's Hotel

Miss Molly’s Hotel is a little too inviting. | Photo via @carolinecantcook

Still not spooked? This one is bound to get your palms sweating.

Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave.

The historic building was constructed in 1903 for wealthy rancher Tom Waggoner’s daughter. Several Fort Worthians lived in the building until it became vacant from 1968-1975.

During renovations years later, there were multiple reports of paranormal activity including:

👻 A woman dressed in white on the landing of the grand staircase.

👻 A man dressed in tennis clothes on the grounds sporting a handlebar mustache.

👻 Music blaring from a closed-off third-story bedroom.

👻 Voices and footsteps heard throughout the mansion.

Thistle Hill in Fort Worth

Is it just us or does Thistle Hill look like Bly Manor? | Photo via @havingfuninthetexassur

If you want to get into the spooky spirit and check out these sites yourself, the Stockyards have ghost tours that are bound to keep you up at night.

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