Central Texas Ghost Stories
In the late 19th century a lynch mob led by a local rancher captured the infamous horse stealing Lindsey brothers and hung them from the branches of a large oak tree on what is now Lindsey Hollow Road near Cameron Park. To this day people are said to hear the brothers' cries for help and see shadowy corpses hanging in the supposed execution tree. Some people have felt paralyzed and swear they can hear the jangle of boot spurs.
An old witch who lived near Cameron Park made potions that caused people to be extremely ill. One night, she kidnapped two children after giving them one of these potions. She then murdered them as a sacrifice to the devil and in a grand finale took her own life. Soon after, others discovered the bodies, buried them in paupers graves and tore down her house. To this day people still hear the screams of children and see the witch's ghost.
This is a love story between Wah-Wah-Tee, the daughter of the Huaco Indian chief and an Apache brave. The two tribes were at war, so the love affair was kept secret. When the Apaches came to attack the Huacos, Wah-Wah-Tee sneaked out to meet her brave. Both were discovered at their favorite cliff by the chief and other Huaco braves. Before the men had a chance to shoot them, the lovers leaped to their deaths. During the spring full moon, the couple may still be seen near the cliff.
This stairway in Cameron Park is said to be home to a very touchy ghost. Since the early 1980s, a ghostly presence has been grabbing walkers and runners on the stairway. No one is sure who the ghost is, but it is said that if a man and woman walk together, the woman is the one who gets her clothing and hair tugged at.
Madison Cooper, an eccentric Waco writer who passed away in the 1950s, is said to still haunt his office in the attic of his home. Workers have reported hearing odd mumbles and claim Cooper walks the house at night looking for something. His office has been kept exactly as he left it; just waiting for him to start his next book.
This is Waco's only "skyscraper" and is one of only a few buildings that survived the deadly tornado in 1953. It is believed the building is haunted by the ghost of a man who hung himself in the basement. Security guards say the doors in the basement open and close on their own.
People have seen a shabby man dressed in 19th century clothing walking the tracks. Legend says he was an old hobo waiting on the next train, fell asleep on the tracks and was crushed. It is said his restless soul still roams the area asking passers by for the time while still trying to catch the train out of town.
This old drainage system is thought to be haunted by spirits that laugh and cry throughout the day and night. Another legend says that Clyde Barrow would hide his car in the tunnels when he visited nearby relatives.