Dr. Rita Louise and Jerry
Jefferson, Texas is known to some as the most haunted small town
in Texas. There are many stories associated with the town and with
the many old buildings in the town, the Jefferson Hotel being no
exception. While most guests and employees have not had any ghostly
experiences, there are several stories that have been told through
Guests at the one hundred and fifty year old building on the
historic Jefferson waterfront regularly report similar occurrences.
Whispers from nowhere, orchestra music from a closed dining hall,
knocks on walls and headboards, the smell of cigar smoke in the
smoke-free building, faucets opening of their own accord, and doors
pulling back when pulled shut!!!
People who have been the only guests in the hotel have heard the
click-clack of footsteps walking the halls in the middle of the
night - even though the hall is carpeted! Children have been heard
laughing and romping throughout the hotel in the middle of the
night. A child calls for mama, a baby cries, but no children were
staying in the hotel!
A former desk clerk named Michael was ending his shift. It was
the middle of a slow week and there were no "paying" guests staying
at the hotel overnight. Michael made his rounds upstairs, turning
off lights and locking rooms before leaving for the night. He was
closing the last door in the long, dark hallway when the doors
started opening and slamming shut all at once!
Lights turned on and off as Michael dashed downstairs and phoned
his friend Phyllis, a desk clerk at the Excelsior Hotel across the
street. Phyllis reports that Michael was in a complete panic when he
called, screaming that he was alone in the hotel but that "all heck"
was breaking loose upstairs! He said he could hear doors slamming
and the sound of footsteps and someone dragging furniture. Michael
locked up and waited in the street for his ride that night.
Then there is the story of a couple in ROOM 5 whose young son
awakened them repeatedly because a man in a long coat and high boots
would not go away. Whispers and repetitive knocks are common
At times there is a thick white cloud with a thin, long-haired
blonde in the mist. She seems to be emotionally attached to a bed
that was moved from ROOM 12 to ROOM 14.
A ninety year old man reluctantly told his tale of wandering the
hotel at one in the morning after not being able to sleep. He saw
the petite blonde woman floating down the stairs smiling at him,
only to disappear before she reached the bottom step. He said he
never believed in ghosts until he saw her!
Walking into some rooms, one can get the feeling of being
watched. In ROOM 19 a man told his wife to go back to sleep when she
awakened him with rants about a petite woman who chilled the wife's
arm with a touch of her hand. Another woman took one step into the
same room and refused to stay there - stating that she could tell
the room was haunted.
Camera crews from various local TV
stations and reporters from radio stations have all had their own
weird experiences while taping programs in the hotel including
strange shapes on video and odd sounds on tape.
The identities of the hotel phantasms remain mysterious. A
psychic years ago said the hotel has seven nonpaying guests! Story