Friday, April 4, 2014

Hauntings: Driskill Hotel

Driskill Hotel (Austin, Texas)

In 1886, wealthy cattle baron Jesse Lincoln Driskill opened the Driskill hotel in Austin, Texas.  It became a popular meeting place for the area’s politicians and celebrities.  Mr. Driskill loved his luxurious hotel so much it's said his spirit remained after he died.  Several people have seen his ghost over the years.  Plus, he was an avid cigar smoker, and the smell of cigar smoke has been often reported even though no one is smoking.

And he’s not the only one haunting the place --

In 1887, the four-year-old daughter of a senator chased a ball near the Grand Staircase and fell to her death.  Since then, the sound of a ball bouncing and a child’s laughter has often been heard by guests.  Her portrait hangs on the fifth floor, and people have reported seeing the painting's expression change -- the little girl smiles at them.

In Room 525, a young bride killed herself in the bathroom, and twenty years later, another did the same thing.  Such an atmosphere of despair permeated the room that it was closed off for many years.  When the hotel was renovated, it was reopened, but troubles continue to plague the room like unexplained noises and plumbing leaks.

A female spirit has been seen multiple times on the fourth floor.  It’s believed to be the ghost of a woman who committed suicide there.  Guests and staff alike have heard a woman whispering and heard weeping, but never found the source of the noises.

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