The Haunted Magnolia Hotel
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History of the Haunted Magnolia Hotel
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The Haunted Magnolia Hotel was HOME to the WORST multiple killer during the early 1800's, William Faust! The building located in Seguin, Texas (Guadalupe County), was built in the early 1840s by one of the original DeWitt colonist James Campbell. Campell was one of the founders of Seguin! The building was originally suppose to be used as a fort but changed his mind being the entire town was home to Texas Rangers.
Then in 1844, Joseph F. Johnson bought the two-room log house from James Campbell and made it into Seguins ONLY stagecoach station! He then added the Dr. Parks limecrete building in the back turning it into the original three room Magnolia Hotel. Johnson then sold the hotel in 1846 to Michael Erskine and Jeremiah S. Calvert. The FAMOUS Captain John "Jack" Coffee HAYS married Susan Calvert (daughter to Jeremiah) in the limecrete building BUT not before hanging one of her numerous suitors for putting her in danger with the Indians! Dr. W. S. Read became the proprietor in the 1850s adding the interior section of the hotel making it Seguin's largest hotel during that time. He and his wife experienced the Indian Massacre on July 4th, 1855. A cellar had been cut out of solid rock under the front building and served as a refuge during the Comanche Indian attack by the Chief Tarantula. While the men set off to kill the Indians, the women and children found shelter in the cellar making bullets to pass the frightening moments.
During 1874 it was the home to one of Texas most hideous multiple killer, Wilheim Faust. During the night he stole the Magnolia Hotel owner's horse, rode to New Braunfels and murdered a 12 year old girl, hacked his wife and blinded her then hustled back to the hotel only to fall calmly asleep in his safe bed. When convicted, he decided to confess and stated he had murdered before. William Faust was eventually shot through the courthouse window by an unknown assailant disgusted by his act of violence! The gruesome account of these murders can be read in the book called "Haunted New Braunfels" by Erin O Wallace. In the 1930s thetop floor of the hotel became an apartment house while the
bottom was turned into a home for the owner's family. In the late 1990's the building was abandoned and left empty
making it available to unwelcome and undesirable! In 2013 it was purchased by a couple wishing to restore the hotel to its original 1885 hayday! During their restoration the building
has become explosive with paranormal activity sometimes
causing the construction to be halted and loss of employees
from fear of ghost. The owners refuse to allow the spirits to
stop their restoration and have allowed paranormal teams to
investigated hoping to find answers or learn to live with the
disembodied tenants! The building has been featured on the
Travel Chanel's GHOST ADVENTURES, the Discovery Channel WHEN GHOST ATTACK,PBS show called STRANGE TOWN, in
numerous books and radio stations and a documentary!
Located at 203 S Crocket, Seguin, Texas 78155.
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