Get Adrenaline Spikes and Goosebumps at these 5 Scariest Places in Texas

Get Adrenaline Spikes and Goosebumps at these 5 Scariest Places in Texas

The abundance of deserted sites in Texas is a prime example of the old adage that “bigger is better” in Texas. It could be challenging to limit down your options to a manageable list when there are hundreds of abandoned structures, buildings, and other intriguing places to see.

Baker Hotel (Mineral Wells)

Even though it has been closed for nearly fifty years and is one of the most renowned abandoned locations in Texas, the now-vacant Baker Hotel remains the largest building in this small hamlet located approximately 90 minutes west of Dallas.

Upon its 1929 construction, the fourteen-story Baker Hotel became an instant favorite among the area’s well-to-do vacationers. Attracting guests to Mineral Wells for its healing springs, the hotel complex boasted 450 luxurious guest rooms, a bowling rink, two ballrooms, a spa, and a beauty shop.

Zedler Mill (Luling)

Get Adrenaline Spikes and Goosebumps at these 5 Scariest Places in Texas

A grain mill, saw mill, and stone dam across the San Marcos River comprised the original Zedler Mill complex, which was constructed in 1874 by John and James Merriwether and Leonidas Hardeman on the banks of the river. A cotton gin was added to the operation ten years later when it was bought out by a consortium of investors that included Fritz Zedler.

Zedler replaced his partners in 1888 with his eldest son, who had decades of expertise in the mill industry; his two younger sons joined the company a few years later.

Eventually, the City of Luling relied on the Zedler Mill for both water and electricity, and it thrived for decades. Midway through the twentieth century, operations started to dwindle down, and the mills finally shut down in 1960.

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Aldridge Sawmill (Zavalla)

Just like the Mariscal Mine, the Aldridge Sawmill stands as a symbol of an industrial mainstay that was abandoned and allowed to deteriorate for many years after it had once flourished.

The Aldridge Sawmill, named after its namesake, Hal Aldridge, was finished in 1905 and used to process lumber from the many acres of longleaf yellow pine in Angelina County.

With 500 workers, the mill quickly expanded into its own township, complete with a hotel, post office, commissary, train station, blacksmith, two schools, a few businesses and saloons, and plenty of housing for employees. Daily timber production reached 125,000 board feet.

Bexar County Juvenile Home for Boys (San Antonio)

Get Adrenaline Spikes and Goosebumps at these 5 Scariest Places in Texas

This so-called “poor farm” was transformed into the Bexar County Juvenile Home for Boys a few years after it was first constructed in 1915 to house the elderly and homeless people of San Antonio and the neighboring areas.

The institution gained notoriety for its brutal and abusive practices when, in 1925, a 14-year-old inmate was admitted to the hospital following the ingestion of rat poison.

The institution was once again in the news in 1933 when a dairy farm worker was indicted for the murder of another 14-year-old child who was under the care of the facility. The accused confessed after the fact that he had used an iron bar to beat the victim during an argument about washing milk cans; he then dumped his body in a nearby creek.

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Branch Davidian Swimming Pool (Waco)

During the 51-day standoff between Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh and a compound full of followers and state and federal law enforcement in February 1993, the town of Waco was thrown into the global spotlight.

The terrible episode started when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms tried to search the property for an illegal weapons cache. It was a protracted process. The agents were attacked by the Branch Davidians; in response, they withdrew and called for help from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), state police departments, and the United States military.

After numerous failed attempts to negotiate Koresh’s peaceful surrender, government forces resorted to using tear gas, armored vehicles, and grenades to breach the compound’s perimeter and enter. The religious community suffered a heavy toll during the siege, with 76 members succumbing to the flames and the subsequent destruction of most of their structures.


There are many other places in The Lone Star. Some of these places are restricted for entry, while some have been converted to museums or other sorts of money-making machines. The above-listed places are the most scary and will give you dose of adrenaline that you may have been lacking. So, visit these places with caution.

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