This year our staff got really into finding 'cold spots' and haunted places in Central Texas and it was our most popular series in 2016. Texas - like many states in the U.S. - has a bloody history, which is home to endless stories that provide education of our local history. They're also pretty scary too, if you believe in the supernatural.
So here are our top haunted stories of 2016. Click on the headlines to see the full story.
Thanks to the help of Ghost Wagon Tours, we got the inside scoop many hauntings in Belton. Rick Bell took us through many different areas in Belton, first giving us a haunted tour of Central Avenue and the four secrets revolving around the haunted street.
According to UMHB’s website, classrooms, faculty offices as well as a piano and organ practice rooms are located in this building. Students of UMHB have claimed unexplained things have occurred in the building such as the piano playing on its own, footsteps from the fifth floor, the elevator door opening and closing and an image of a girl can be viewed from the top floor window.
This Texas Thrift Shop on East Veterans in Killeen has tons of locals thinking it's haunted. The story goes that she stood in the lobby looking out the window at the rain when she suddenly shot herself right there in the bookstore.
Fast forward to recent times when the BPR site says they caught up to a man who has witnessed the old “Hastings Books” ghost, and it even attacked him.
According to www.theclio.com, in December of 1913, during the “Great Flood of 1913” unrelenting floods caused the Guadalupe and Trinity Rivers to swell; the Brazos and Colorado Rivers joined to inundate more than 3,000 square miles of Central Texas. One hundred and eighty people died in Bell County, mostly Belton, and suffered $5 million in damages due to the massive flood.