1. Texas Tech University
If you’ve ever walked the halls of the Chemistry building, you’ve heard the legends of all the ghosts that frequent the classrooms (and even the basement). Take part in the Carol of Lights festivities and you may feel the eerie presence of a Biology student who ended his life by jumping off the roof before semester’s end. Chances are, if you ask any professor about good ghost stories they know, you’re going to get an earful. And maybe even more than you bargained for.
The ghost sightings don’t stop at academic buildings – keep your eyes peeled inside the dorms, too! There’s also talk of a child who roams the stacks in the Texas Tech library.
2. Pioneer Hotel
The Pioneer Hotel was built in 1925, and it was Lubbock’s first premiere hotel. Eventually it morphed into a retirement home and before McDougal Companies purchased the building back around 2007, some disturbing events took place in the hotel. Let’s just say if you’re interested in the revamped Pioneer – Pioneer Condos – I would avoid purchasing on the 4th floor… Check out the story here.
3. National Ranching Heritage Center
I went to the NRHC for the first time last weekend (I know, I know… way late to the party) and it is beautifully done. I loved going through the acreage and looking at the variety of houses. Peeking through the doors and windows, I could practically see the lives of the ranchers and their families play out right in front of me… sitting on their front porch in a rocking chair, cooking dinner, reading to the children before bedtime… it is so interesting to me. I love history. Well, you know the really pretty, cool looking Victorian-style house? Apparently you can see a female in one of the windows on the second story. Legend has it that she’s the wife of the rancher who built the house. Police find nothing when responding to calls of her sighting.
4. Hell’s Gates/Lubbock Cemetery
Located in East Lubbock near MLK and behind the Lubbock Cemetery is an old trestle from the Santa Fe railroad. The story goes that in the early 1900s train robbers would kill the passengers and toss their bodies over the trestle. In the 1970s Hell’s gates is said to have been host to satanic rituals and worship. Also, rumor has it that there have been homicides and suicides at the trestle. If that doesn’t scare you than you should probably take note that the Lubbock Cemetery is just feet away from the trestle. The cemetery was established in 1892 and is home to over 60,000 deceased residents. People have spotted a glowing man and orbs at the cemetery and surrounding areas. I am not sure I believe in ghosts, but this past weekend I wanted to check it out for myself. It is hard to find and there is only one way to get there, but once you see it you get an uneasy feeling. We didn’t see any ghosts or orbs, but I did feel uncomfortable and an uneasy feeling when we saw the trestle. I don’t know if I will ever actually be brave enough to walk through Hell’s Gates, but I feel confident that there is something supernatural out there. Don’t believe me check out this link http://lubbockonline.com/stories/103108/loc_350203143.shtml.
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*Of course, these are all urban legends. Take it as truth or take it as lighthearted tall tales. I am not telling you to believe in the paranormal stuff, nor am I saying that it’s a bunch of bologna! I’ll leave it to you to interpret as you wish… 🙂