When news spread across the nation that gold was being discovered in California, thousands of adventurers, businessmen and families began to make the great trek. Texans began their journey on the San Antonio-El Paso road, but it became quite clear that this road was often unsafe for civilians. Thus, Fort Davis was constructed in what is now Fort Davis, Texas.
The Bloody Indian Wars of Fort Davis
Troops stationed at this fort not only kept people safe on the roads, they often warred against local Native American tribes. From 1854 until 1891, Fort Davis military sought to destroy Native Americans living in the surrounding plains. Legend has it that during the 1960s, a woman by the name of Alice Walpole was abducted from Fort Davis by a nearby tribe.
Alice had been looking for roses at the time, and was caught off guard by the kidnapping. It’s been said that the troops at the fort searched for her for days, but never recovered her body. Today, Fort Davis stands as testament to a different era in American history.
Groups are allowed to tour the fort, and many who have done so claim it is haunted by Ms. Alice Walpole. Tommy (Name changed for privacy), a Texas native had no qualms about telling anyone who would listen that such stories were garbage.
“My friend is active in the military, and he has asked me not to reveal his identity,” Tommy said. “He, along with a couple of fellow officers, came to Fort Davis to meet with a couple of other military leaders.
“I can’t say what their plans were, as it’s none of my business,” Tommy shrugged. “But my friend was able to wander around the fort by himself for a while.
“He said that he remembered smelling flowers in the air, and thought it was a woman’s perfume.”
The Naked Ghost
“Now, my buddy is single, so if a female is around, he’s going to, uh, scope things out,” Tommy laughed. “So he walked around until the smell got stronger. He walked into a room that I believe was used for the colonel’s sleeping quarters when he came across a naked woman.”
A naked woman?
“Yes,” Tommy nodded. “She had her back turned to him, and it was extremely dark in the room but he could tell right away she didn’t have any clothes on. She looked incredibly thin and seemed to be huddled over in pain, so he asked if she was alright.
“She muttered incoherently and wrapped her fingers around her back… But that’s when he noticed that the woman had three hands, instead of two.
“Needless to say he booked it out of there as quickly as he could,” Tommy said, looking solemn. “To this day, he can’t stand the smell of any floral perfumes. And whenever his company is near Fort Davis, he elects to stand guard outside.”