The Haunted Magnolia Hotel
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History of the Haunted Magnolia Hotel
Photo by Llamar Vasquez Photography
The Magnolia Hotel was once only a two room log cabin built in the 1840 by the Co-Founder of Seguin, Texas Ranger, James Campbell. After he was brutally ambushed by Comanche's, the cabin was sold to Joseph F. Johnson who quickly transformed the log cabin into Seguins first and ONLY stagecoach station, then built a three room building in the rear making it too the FIRST hotel in Seguin calling it the Magnolia Hotel. In 1846 it was sold to the very wealthy, Jeremiah S. Calvert. Calvert was the Chief Justice of Seguin and held numerous weddings in the original Magnolia Hotel including his own daughter's, Susan Calvert who married the FAMOUS Texas Ranger, Captain John "Jack" Coffee HAYS.
Dr. William S. Read became the proprietor in the 1850s adding the interior section of the hotel that combined all three building's transforming it into Seguin's largest hotel until the mid 1900's. He and his wife experienced the frantic Indian Raid on July 4th, 1855. A cellar had been cut out of solid rock under the entire front portion of the building and served as a refuge during the Comanche Indian attacks. 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. In the middle of the night, Faust stole the Magnolia Hotel owner's horse, rode to New Braunfels and mistakenly murdered a 12 year old girl, then attacked his wife. He then race back to the hotel and calmly fell asleep in his safe bed. Once captured and convicted, he decided to confess then admitted he had murdered twice before. William Faust was eventually shot through the courthouse window by an unknown assailant disgusted by his act of violence!
In the 1930s the second floor of the hotel became an apartment house while the bottom was turned into a home forthe owner's family. In the late 1990's the building was abandoned and left empty making it available to unwelcome and
undesirables! In 2013 it was purchased by the Ghedi's wishing to restore the
hotel to its original 1880's heyday! During their restoration the building
exploded with paranormal activity causing the loss of contractors and bringing
the restoration toa halt. The owners refused to allow the spirits to stop their
progress and have grown to co-exist with the numerous spirits that still reside
withinthe building's walls. With the assistance of a well-known Texas psychic, and the owner's ability to communicate with the spirits along with her
knowledge of history research, 13 spirits have been indentified. Now the
Magnolia Hotel has become extremely sought after by paranormal researchers,
investigators and TV shows. The hotel has been featured on the Travel Chanel's "GHOST ADVENTURES" and GHOST ADVENTURES "AFTER SHOCK",
the "NICK GROFF TOUR", the Discovery Chanel's "WHEN GHOST
ATTACK", PBS show called "STRANGE TOWN", and is scheduled for the
Discovery Chanel's NEWEST paranormal show! The list of local stations an,
radio stations are lenght. It recently was filmed for a history documentary and
Located at 203 S Crocket, Seguin, Texas 78155.
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