As you can imagine, any city that brands itself as “weird” is sure to have a variety of ghost tours available. You can hear the stories and explore the venues by foot, bus, hearse or boat. You can also take a pedicab or venture forth on a segway–your choice. Besides ghost hunting and haunted historical tours, some companies offer specialty vampire and murder-themed walks. Whatever trips your trigger in this Texas capital, you’re sure to come away entertained and with an appreciation for Keeping Austin Weird.
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What comes to mind when you think of Austin? For many of us it’s BBQ, music and keeping it weird–Austin weird. This capital of Texas is an eclectic and happening town. And if Austin’s past is any indication of how it wants to grow, it will continue to lead the world in arts, technology and food for the soul. However, no town can escape its history, and like other regions of the Southwest, Austin’s past is steeped in conflict with its Mexican neighbors and Native American tribes. All that leads to some interesting stories of moving the Texas capital back and forth, but that’s a tale for another day. In 2022, Austin reigns supreme.
The city has preserved many of its historic structures and today they serve as pubs, museums and hotels. Stories of murders and paranormal phenomena are found in buildings that populate the downtown. It’s claimed that America’s first serial killer roamed the streets of Austin in 1885; his crimes were horrible but his identity is still unknown. The Handlebar on East 5th St. was once a funeral parlor and the Paramount Theatre has a history of death that overshadows any laughter from a live audience. The State Capital building itself has an unavenged murder and restless spirits are said to roam its halls. With so many hauntings found among the living, Austin is a ghost hunter’s paradise.
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