East Texas is considered one of the most haunted areas of the entire United States. Historical cities and towns such as Houston are now riddled with spirits, from the bloody Civil War and beyond. But not every ghost resides in a house or public building.
There are some specters who like to appear near the place where they died…or where their bones are buried. If you live in East Texas, or are planning a trip out there soon, be sure to check out these nine haunted roads. Their stories will chill you to your very core. Enjoy…and be careful!
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10) Bowden Road – Huntsville
Bowden, better known as Demon’s Road by the locals, is a long and winding street that leads to the Martha Chapel Cemetery. In 2006, a group of paranormal investigators were driving up Bowden when they saw the ghost of a little boy on the side of the road, crawling upside down like a human spider. When the photographer approached the boy, the ghost vomited a strange substance all over the camera, which began to melt. The photographer was so terrified, he quit his job on the spot.
9) Stagecoach Road – Marshall
Legend has it that this road has been cursed since the early 1800s. Forced out of New Orleans, a voodoo priestess once moved to Marshall. But the townsfolk were terrified of her powers and hung her from a tree on Stagecoach Road.
Now, her spirit has been spotted wandering along the road whenever there’s a full moon out. Those who have seen her claim she carries a shrunken head in her hands while she walks.
8) Cherokee Trace – Gilmer
It’s said that there once was a gruesome accident on Cherokee Trace many decades ago. A woman and her three daughters were run over by a pickup truck after their car broke down on the side of the road. Today, their ghosts still linger where they died, appearing in front of cars on foggy days.
They still wear the bloody dresses each of them died in.
7) Bascom Road – Whitehouse
Two years ago a group of traveling college students were camping along Bascom Road when they began to hear a harsh rustling in the nearby foliage. When they investigated they couldn’t find a person or animal in sight. However, later that night, two of them woke up and saw a ghostly figure walking through their campsite, seemingly looking for someone.
In her right hand was a large butcher knife, ready to strike. When one of the campers called out to the woman, she charged at him but disappearing at the last moment
6) Monkey Bridge – Athens
When the town of Athens was first developed, legend has it that a circus was supposed to come to town. But all of the circus performers and animals died when their train was derailed just as it approached the town. Now, local residents claim that on the last night of each month, apparitions of the animals can be seen walking over Monkey Bridge.
Folks in Athens believe that looking into any of the animals’ eyes will cause their heart to stop.
5) US Hwy 79 – Carthage
Years ago, Carthage’s reputation as a safe town was marred when a violent young man attacked and killed his sister in her home along the highway. During an argument, he stabbed her multiple times then drowned her in the bathtub. In 2013 a young couple were driving along…the longer they stayed on the highway the harder it was for them to breathe.
They struggled until they turned the car around and sped off in the other direction. The young man said he saw a figure walking toward them in the distance while the young lady described their experience as if they had been underwater.
4) Patterson Street – Houston
Paranormal enthusiasts in Houston speak of black, shadowy figures who wander along Patterson Street at night. One woman decided to approach one of the robed figures while a friend of hers watched from the car. When the friend returned she seemed very quiet and peculiar.
3) Bragg Road – Saratoga
When most people seek to visit the legendary ghost lights of Bragg Road, they see strange floating orbs in the sky at most. However, for one family who visited in 2015, their experience was far more terrifying. They claim that the light swooped into their car and transported them some place they had never been before.
When they arrived back home they suffered temporary amnesia, and could not recall where they had been for the last three days of their disappearance.
2) West 7th Street – Port Arthur
Some residents of Port Arthur believe that the headless woman of West 7th Street was decapitated during a freak collision on the railroad tracks in town. However, one historian claims that the ghost is in fact a woman who lived in town for years with her husband until he decided to murder her. Before he brought the axe down on her neck, she swore to him she would come back to haunt him.
1) Devil’s Backbone – East Texas Hill Country
This rugged country road is said to be haunted by numerous spirits, including a battalion of Confederate soldiers who are typically spotted walking along the road just after sunset. When a tourist saw the apparitions and attempted to speak with one, the tourist watched in horror as the soldier turned toward him and slowly began to disintegrate into ash right before his eyes.