In this article we will be taking a closer look at the paranormal incidents linked to one of Texas’s most famous landmarks – the reported ghost sightings at the Alamo…
The Six Diablos
This is the first recored tale of paranormal activity linked to the forboding San Antonio ruin.
Several weeks after the infamous 1836 battle, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was ordered by General Juan Jose de Andrade to bring down all the remaining buildings at the Alamo’s location.
The two Generals eventually came to the conclusion that the trusted Colonel Jose Juan Sanchez should lead a party of men to the site and carry out the destruction.
When the military team arrived at the Alamo, they immediately took note of the chapel – it was still standing.
Surely the generals would want this building torn down?
The group approached the building with the intent of taking it down first…but were stopped in their tracks by six spectral monks wielding flaming swords.
The soldiers scattered in all directions and headed back to tell the generals what had happened.
Naturally, their superiors thought they had all gone crazy…but there was still frustration at the chapel being left standing.
General Andrade decided to return to the Alamo himself with a band of trusted warriors – they would make sure this chapel was torn down.
When the General finally arrived at the Alamo’s chapel he was met by the same six specters – these entities warned the general that no soldier was ever allowed to go near any of the standing buildings at the location.
Numerous visitors to the Alamo have reported meeting the spirit of a young boy, apparently killed when his family were fighting through the battle….
When James L. Choron took his children to see the Alamo in the summer of 1990, his eldest daughter, Megan, seemed to make some sort of contact with this young lad.
As they were leaving the site, Megan looked behind her and waved, then softly and very somberly said “goodbye Jamie”.
Choron looked around the area to see who his daughter was talking to – but there was nobody there!
He asked Megan who she was talking to and she told him she was talking to a young boy named Jamie…who was standing right in front of them.
The father told Megan he must have missed him – he’s probably gone back inside…but Megan insisted that he was still standing right in front of them.
When questioned later that day, Megan pronounced Jamie’s name as ‘Hymie’ as in Spanish. She said he was a Mexican boy and he was about 15 years of age.
He had been wearing cotton pants, a shirt and a tall hat – he had apparently stood by her side all the way through the tour.
She also said that Jamie had told her he had been at the battle and that he’s been at the Alamo ever since…he cannot go home.
He also told Megan that he was glad he had found someone to talk to, at last.
Numerous Ghost Sightings at The Alamo
Since the late 1800’s, there have been numerous ghost sightings at the Alamo reported.
Around this time (1890+), the site of the Alamo was actually used, for a short period, as a holding prison.
Groups of inmates, and even the prison guards that looked after them, reported ghostly shapes and shadows in every corner of the famous location.
In more modern times, park rangers and unassuming tourists have also claimed to have encountered unusual ‘entities’ during their visit…
Soldiers walking straight out of brick walls, the terrible sound of battle and ghastly screams…the list goes on and on.
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Built in 1924 as the Medical Arts Building, San Antonio Texas. This beautiful Gothic Revival Building resplendent with grotesque gargoyles, stands next to the famous site of The Alamo Mission.
Opened to the public in 1984 the building has become a landmark in its own right. In an area that draws tourists from all over the world keen to steep themselves in the history of the Texas Revolution, the haunted Emily Morgan Hotel has become an attraction in its own right.
A Brief History of The Emily Morgan
Built in 1924 as the Medical Arts Building, the thirteen story structure functioned as a working hospital until closing its doors in 1976.
Used as office space for the next eight years, it was then re-imagined in its current incarnation in 1984 when it opened as a hotel. Standing on The Alamo Plaza the hotel casts a protective shadow over the historic mission where so many laid down their lives for Texas.
How appropriate then that it was named after one of the heroines of the Texas revolution. Born Emily West in the early 1800s, this beautiful young woman took on the surname of her employer Colonel James Morgan.
Captured by the Mexicans she took full advantage of her looks when she had the opportunity. Knowing that the Texans were about to charge, Emily is said to have distracted the Mexican Captain Santa-Anna, long enough for him to fail to organize a response.
Immortalized first in the song ’The Yellow Rose of Texas’, the self -styled official hotel of The Alamo, now proudly bears her name.
The Ghosts of The Emily Morgan
Said to be the third most haunted hotel in the U.S.A, the Emily Morgan Hotel is perhaps not an obvious choice for restless souls. Even so non-believers who arrive as skeptics are said to depart the hotel convinced that they have had a supernatural experience.
Perhaps the answer lies in the medical background of the building. As well as being concerned with medical research, the building had surgical and psychiatric wards on the upper floors.
Another explanation is that the powerful paranormal energy of the nearby haunted Alamo Mission permeates the hotel’s walls drawing in ghosts and poltergeists.
Reports of paranormal activity began to circulate almost as soon as the hotel opened. Staff would report telephones ringing constantly, with nobody on the other end, lights switching themselves on and off and elevators stopping and starting on their own.
One live-in member of staff returned to her room one night to find her bathtub had been filled with water. When she looked again the water had changed color and was now a deep shade of blue.
Those living through these strange experiences began to detect a pattern. It soon became apparent that the 3rd, 7th, 9th, 11th and 12th floors were the most active.
3rd Floor: The 3rd floor is said to be haunted by a small child. Guests have reported being awoken by the sound of humming and a child singing.
One female guest reports waking up and finding a little girl sitting on the end of her bed. The happy little girl asked the woman if she would like to join her in a song before disappearing before the woman’s eyes.
The next evening the little girl returned again, slipping silently into bed next to the terrified woman and taking hold of her hand.
7th Floor: Dark shapes and shadow people are said to wander and flit about this floor. Suddenly caught in the corner of the eye, they will disappear almost immediately. One unfortunate family witnessed a full body apparition which disappeared through a brick wall.
9th Floor: A family staying on the ninth floor endured a very disturbing weekend. Noises coming from the guests in the next room kept them constantly awake. Doors continually slammed.
The sound of the toilet seat being repeatedly lifted and dropped down with force was heard over and over. Coffee pots and wine bottles were upset and spilled for no apparent reason.
As they checked out of the hotel, the family quite rightly complained, only to be informed that they were the only guests staying on the ninth floor.
11th Floor:One of the most frequently seen ghosts appears on the eleventh floor. An older lady wearing a hospital nightgown is sometimes seen sobbing in the hotel corridor. People also swear that they hear the sound of a hospital gurney being pushed along the corridors.
One guest on this floor reports being woken up in the night by the sound of a trolley being pushed past her room. When she opened the door, the corridor was clear.
The same guest took the elevator down to the 10th floor the following day to get some ice. When the elevator doors opened the guest and another witness found an elderly lady in her nightgown sobbing uncontrollably.
When all attempts to comfort the lady failed, the guests reported the incident to staff. Enquiries soon established there was nobody matching the lady’s description staying at the hotel.
On another occasion a terrified chambermaid felt herself surrounded by a group of ghostly children. The children laughed and teased the chambermaid until she dropped the towels that she was carrying and ran away.
12th Floor: The twelfth floor was once used for operations. Guests who stay on this floor complain of being touched or the sudden smell of alcohol in the air. Both this floor and the fourteenth are said to smell strongly of medicine or chemicals.
14th Floor:Like a lot of suspicious hotel owners, the current proprietors of the Emily Morgan have chosen to rename the thirteenth floor. This doesn’t pose much of a problem unless you are allocated room 1408.
Go in search of this room between 1407 and 1409 and you will find nothing. Add up the digits of the room number and you may find the explanation.
Another floor where the pungent smell of chemicals often makes people feel nauseous. Guests on this floor have reported hearing a male voice growling at them, lights are said to flicker and electrical equipment cuts out.
The Elevator: Lots of activity is said to surround the elevators at the Emily Morgan. Despite being well maintained they sometimes appear to have a life of their own, moving constantly between the 6th and 7th floors.
Strangely, the elevator telephones are used to call down to Reception. When staff pick up the phone, nobody is there.
Another unique feature of this building is that it once housed a crematorium on the 14th floor and a morgue in the basement. The elevators are said to travel to both of these floors of their own volition, before the doors open and you are invited to step out.
The Alamo:The hotel directly overlooks the Alamo Mission where many people lost their lives. Built on the Santa-Anna Battlefield it is an excellent viewpoint for the historic building below.
Many guests looking out of their windows late at night have reported seeing shadowy figures and strange lights moving around the mission.
Strange noises, orbs, unusual smells, electrical interference, mischievous children, sobbing women and elevators with a life of their own, just some of the paranormal phenomena occurring in this wonderful building.
If you are looking for peace and quiet then perhaps a stay at this hotel isn’t for you. For those who want to take a step back in time and celebrate the history of Texas, there couldn’t be a better hotel.
The haunted Emily Morgan hotel may have a few extra guests but if you don’t mind a peppering of paranormal spicing up your vacation, this official Alamo hotel is well worth a visit.