Granbury, Texas is a place where some claim Texas history lives and never left. The Granbury Opera House is a beautiful restored building that has a history of entertainment that continues to our modern day. It is a physical example of the importance theater has had in America in general and Texas specifically. The building has housed a variety of businesses. One of the more famous characters to perform at the theater, reputedly, was John Wilkes Booth and he may not have left the theater. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of the Granbury Opera House. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Anna Prado-Frias and features the Mortsafe and This Day in History features women getting to vote for the first time in New Zealand. The sixth installment in the third series of Tim Prasil’s Spectral Edition is also in this episode! Our location was suggested by listener Beth Lang.
We are so very grateful for our listeners! Happy Thanksgiving you Spooktacular people! We are so very grateful for all of you! When we think about Thanksgiving, one of the things that comes to mind is food. So we are talking food and ghosts on this episode with author and journalist James Bartlett. James has been featured in over 100 magazines and he is author of Gourmet Ghosts and Gourmet Ghosts 2, which feature murder, mystery and history at dozens of bars, restaurants, hotels and landmarks across Los Angeles. He shares with us 10 of these locations!
Windsor, Ontario is a mid-sized city on the southwest tip of Ontario, Canada, across the river from Detroit, Michigan. It’s a multi-cultural city with a strong history in manufacturing. The French founded the early settlement here and this is reflected in the names of streets. There are many historical buildings in the city and one of these locations is the Capitol Theater where full seasons of contemporary plays have been performed sine the 1980s. As is the case with many theaters, this one is reputed to be haunted. There is also a road in Windsor that is cloaked in legends and that is Texas Road. Listener Alisha Lesperance joins us from Windsor to share her experiences performing at the theater and to discuss the legends of Texas Road. The Moment in Oddity was suggested by Michael Rogers and features Unsinkable Sam and This Day in History features the signing of the Second Treaty of Paris.
The New England area is dotted with lighthouses to protect ships from the treacherous shores of the coast. Some of these lighthouses are more inland like the Ledge Lighthouse that sits in the Long Island Sound. It has a unique design that makes it appear to be a house floating out on the water, although the bright flashing light atop it is a dead give away of its true purpose. Across the water is the abandoned Lighthouse Inn that started out as a summer mansion and later served as an inn. Both of these locations are not only historic properties, but they are reputed to be haunted. Join us as we explore the histories and hauntings of the Ledge Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Inn! The Moment in Oddity features a UFO battle over Nuremburg and This Day in History features the founding of UNESCO. Our location was suggested by Brian Morse.
Key West, Florida is the southernmost part of the United States. The city features man-made beaches, resorts, shopping, eateries and lots of history. One of the historical bars here is Capt. Tony’s Saloon. The building has a long and diverse history that includes brothels, speakeasies, morgues and much more. One of the former bars here was a favorite watering hole of Ernest Hemingway. The current saloon, Capt. Tony’s is a favorite gathering place for locals. It also seems to be a gathering place for customers from beyond the veil. Could it be because a former hanging tree once stood here? Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of Capt. Tony’s Saloon! The Moment in Oddity features a deadly magnetic strip on the Autobahn and This Day in History features the discovery of polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s body. We also have the fifth installment in the tird series of TimPrasil’s Spectral Edition in this one. This location was suggested by listener Maryann Barcomb.
For over two hundred years, a building called simply “The White House” has housed the most important leader in the United States of America, the President.The structure that sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today is not the original. And even after being rebuilt, it has been transformed throughout the decades both outside and inside. Despite the changes, the White House has always been a symbol of the great republic that America is and how seamlessly leadership is transferred from one presidency to the next. Running alongside the regular history of this building is a supernatural one. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of the White House. The Moment in Oddity features the Doppelganger of Emilie Sagee and This Day in History features the assassination attempt on Hitler at Burgerbraukeller. Our location was suggested by Bob Sherfield and April Rogers-Krick with research assistance from April Rogers-Krick.
Minnesota became the 32nd state in America on May 11, 1858. The Minnesota city of Sauk Centre has a long history as a wild west of the Midwest. In this city sits The Palmer House Hotel, which is both a hotel and a restaurant. It has been a popular place for over 100 years. It was not the first building on this location. An earlier hotel burned to the ground. The Palmer brought innovation to the city with its glitz that included electricity. There are stories of people who have died at the hotel and some claim that there are dozens of restless spirits in this most haunted location. Join us as we explore the history and hauntings of Palmer House. The Moment in Oddity features the Lake in the Gulf and This Day in History features the discovery of Genie the Wild Child. Our location was suggested by listener Katie Flanay.