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The Hotel Galvez - Galveston Island, Texas

Galveston Island is the perfect getaway for fun and sun.  Stroll along the Seawall, shop the Strand, and savor island flavors offered by the many fine restaurants.  Museums, art galleries, theaters and
historic homes offer the traveler culture and history.  Galveston Island and the Gulf of Mexico have a magical symbiosis.  But this wonderful relationship was nearly destroyed with the Great Storm of 1900—the island was nearly consumed by the sea.  The people who survived were determined to restore their island.  Built on the site where the Beach Hotel, Electric Pavilion, and Pagoda Bathhouse once stood, a new symbol of the economic recovery arose.  In 1911 the magnificent Hotel Galvez was constructed, and it became the “Playground of the Southwest” for socialites, businessmen, and celebrities such as Jimmy Stewart and Frank Sinatra.  American Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson stayed there, as did General Douglas Macarthur.  Galveston Island’s only truly historic hotel, the Galvez, is reminiscent of a gilded age gone by.  It’s no surprise that a hotel with so much history should have it’s own “mystery”—the guest who checked in, but never checked out….

 Yes, the Hotel Galvez is haunted!  Staff and guests have experienced many unexplained events, leading them to suspect that there are several ghostly residents.  The most well known spirit is the lovelorn lady of the fifth floor.  Many years ago she checked into room #500.   She would go upstairs to the turrets, and gaze out at the bay.  Her fiancé was at sea, and she was deeply concerned for his wellbeing.  One day her greatest fears were realized when she got word his ship had perished.  But she refused to believe he was really gone.  After a month of denial, in utter despondence, she returned to one of the turrets on the top of the Hotel Galvez and hung herself.  In a sad twist of fate, a month after her death her fiancé returned, looking for her—he had survived after all!   Now her spirit is “locked” here, at the Hotel Galvez. The staff knows this lovelorn lady is around when they feel a sudden cold breeze from nowhere.  They know she wants room #500 all to herself when their equipment mysteriously malfunctions when trying to make an electronic key for that room.  As many times as they try, they cannot make the key.  Another sign of the lovelorn lady was a strange light coming from one of the turrets.  A guest
mentioned the odd light up in the turret, yet the staff knew this was impossible because renovations were underway and the turrets were not lit!  Staff and electricians investigated, but found no source of power to the turret, nor had anyone gained access with candles or flashlights

Other unexplained activity occurs regularly at the hotel.  Staff members have been unnerved in the ladies room when their stall
door begins to violently rattle, or the commode in the next stall flushes, yet nobody else is in the restroom.  Other employees have felt a presence with them on a back stairway.  One extremely strange encounter involved a wall in one of the guest rooms that appeared to “bow” out into the room several times.  There are times when the hotel is quiet, on a Sunday afternoon, yet will seem to be full of energy and “activity”—could this be a moment in time from days gone by, overlapping into present day?

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