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816 Congress Av.

816 Congress Ave

 Some have reported that Elevator #4 has a mind of its own, perhaps possessed by the spirit of a construction worker who fell down the shaft and died before the building was complete. No corroboration of this story has yet been found.


Confederate Men's Home

Texas Confederate HomeThe Texas Confederate Men' Home was established in 1886 as a place to house disabled and indigent

Confederate War veterans.


The Ghost of Mr. Lawless

With the blossoming of the Mueller area into a residential district, developers turned to Austin history to bestow names on the many new streets. One of those new streets now bears the name of one of our favorite ghosts, Peter Lawless. Col. Peter Lawless, a pioneer Texas railroad man, served as agent for the International & Great Northern (I&GN) railroad for 50 years before resigning. Establishment of a free ward at Seton Infirmary was made possible by the bequest of several thousand dollars by Col. Lawless. He resided at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin from its opening in 1886 until his death in 1917. He was always a familiar figure in the lobby, both while alive and posthumously, now being credited as one of the friendly ghosts that haunts the Driskill. Staff members often sight Mr. Lawless when they are doing something mundane, such as shampooing the carpets. Hotel staff report they get a sensation that someone is watching them, or that the hair on their arms, or the back of their neck will stand up.  Then that they see Lawless, peering at them. He then glances at his ever-present railroad watch, turns and walks through a wall, or a closed door.

 Recently a capital metro driver took and Austin Ghost Tour and told the guide...One morning  during the early morning hour of her shift, when she crossed 6th Street on Brazo's, near the front of the Driskill, a man appeared in front of the bus. He was wearing "old time clothing and carrying a watch on a chain." She stopped the bus and ran outside, but the was no man.



Texas' most famous ghost story. In 1833, 3 years before the battle of the Alamo, Josiah Wilbarger and four others gathered for hunting expedition.



The most haunted building in Austin and the most haunted hotel in Texas -- perhaps the U.S.


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