Werewolves howl, phantoms prowl, and Goatman's growl. Wait, what? Everyone loves a good ghost story and Texas has plenty to keep it creepy all year ‘round. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Here are some of the spookiest wild west ghost towns in Texas that have the most interesting legends behind them.
Alton, TX (now considered Denton)
Location: North Texas
Legend: A man who made an honest living raising goats earned the nickname, The Goatman. One dark night in August 1938, The Goatman was kidnapped from his home and dragged to Goatman’s bridge to hang.
When they looked down to make sure he has passed, The Goatman was nowhere in sight and was never seen again. Legend has it if you cross the bridge without your headlights, you will be met on the other side by The Goatman.
Dryden, along the railroad
Location: Southwest Texan Desert
Legend: Back in the days of Butch Cassidy, train robberies were definitely a thing. On the night of March 13, 1912, two masked outlaws climbed aboard an engine to rob an unsuspecting train.
The bandits split up; one filled a bag with money while the other manned the front car. While stuffing the bag with $60K cash, an onboard agent struck the bandit in the head with an ice pick and took his gun.
When the second bandit came looking for his partner, the agent shot him dead, effectively killing both robbers and was thereby hailed as a hometown hero.
Vinegarroon & the Pecos River Railroad Bridge
Address: West Texas
Legend: The Pecos river played a large role in the exploration of Texas by the Spanish in the latter half of the 19 century.
The Pecos river was a barrier to transportation, especially with the deep gorge, so the local community constructed a bridge. Shortly after completion, this city was completely abandoned, with no access to the bridge or the old townsite (it’s private property). You can still see the eerie Pecos River Bridge from a distance.
Seminole Canyon State Park
Location: Northwest of Comstock
Legend: This area had been inhabited by “Archaic People” over 12,000 years ago who lived in rock shelters and naturally formed caves. You can still see elaborate pictographs and about 200 rock paintings throughout the canyons. These are considered some of the most outstanding examples in the world (not just in Texas)!
Location: West of Fort Worth
Legend Has It: This was a dangerous area for settlers as it clashed with the Plains Indians’ traditional hunting grounds.
Locals dealt with Native Americans increasingly attacking and fighting for their land, vigilantes violently seeking power, and marshal law demanding control and order. This lawless time came to be known as the “Babylon on the Brazos.” The site is still open today, just north of Albany, TX.
Location: East Texas
Legend Has It: The old Jericho Gap was not much more than 18-miles of thick, black, waxy goo. This made the perfect fertile soil for planing anything but was infamous for getting travelers stuck along the trail.
Once the Natives were removed from their reservations, the settlers developed Route 66. That is until an unusual case of Malaria outbreak killed off most of the settlers. Route 66 moved north and left Jericho a total ghost town, surrounded with nothing but cattle and ghost farms.
You can still see the ruins of an old town court, a cemetery, and an unidentified brick building.