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Denton: a supernatural hotspot

Denton: a supernatural hotspot

Teal Gray also reads tea leafs from a mix of tea she puts together herself. After mixing the tea around the cup is flipped over on the plate. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

Denton: a supernatural hotspot
October 06
16:47 2015

Andrea Czobor | Staff Writer


Tarot cards rest on a table and wait for Kathy Brown to shuffle the cards while asking them her question. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

Ghost stories have been lurking in Denton since the first days of its establishment in 1857.

Between 1860 and 1895, 14 major fires, taking out entire blocks, occurred on the Square. Miraculously, no single Dentonite died in those events. One fire occurred at the Opera House, which now houses the Recycled Books, Records and CDs shop, where books have been known to literally fly off the shelves.

“I can only share bread crumbs of Denton’s supernatural past, but book a tour and I will answer your ghostly desires,” Shelly Tucker of Ghosts of Denton said. “Nearly every building is haunted, if you believe.”

With over 30 years of storytelling mastery, she dips into the roots of the entities surrounding her work and published the Ghosts of Denton book. A majority of buildings around the Square have a history of spookiness. Even the courthouse has its share of haunts.

“Denton doesn’t seem like a place of entities, but hearing about all these spooky places makes my friends interested to investigate,” sociology freshman Hailey Boland said. “I want to take a risk, but I don’t know how I’ll react if I actually meet my first ghost.”

Old Alton’s bridge is better known to some by its eerie alias, Goatman’s Bridge. It is said that in 1938 Oscar Washburn, a goat raiser, was attacked by the Ku Klux Klan and hung from the bridge. His home and family were burned because of local white farmer jealousy.

Teenagers who heard of the story began investigating and reporting activity as early as the 1950s, reporting disappearances, audible snarls and sightings of the red eyes of the Goatman.

Tucker said she believes this to be an urban legend, as there was never a Washburn stated in Denton census records between 1860 and 1940. But the Association for the Study of Unexplained Phenomenon has visited Old Alton’s bridge, ran tests and found evidence to prove possible Alton settlers may be haunting the bridge.

Palm reader Teal Gray lays out the antique tarot cards on the table as she begins to give Kathy Brown some insight about recent troubles. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

Palm reader Teal Gray lays out the antique tarot cards on the table as she begins to give Kathy Brown some insight about recent troubles. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

There are also a fair share of hauntings in the dorms and houses on the UNT campus. Bruce Hall, one of the oldest-standing residence halls on campus, was home to a teenager named Wanda from the 1950s, who died aborting her child.

“I live in Bruce, and I really don’t know if Wanda exists, but I’ll take it safe because the last thing I want is to wake up with a ghost in my room,” journalism freshman Keaton Steil said.

The old Lambda Chi house on UNT campus at McCormick Street and Interstate 35 has also been known to bring students chills.

“I’ve seen and been around the old Lambda Chi house at night and I feel like I’m at an abandoned haunted house,” converged broadcast media senior Katie Brelin said. “I wouldn’t go in, or recommend anyone to consider going alone.”

Audiences at any of the Campus Theatre’s Addams Family productions, beginning Oct. 23, may be lucky enouugh to catch a glimpse of harmless stage light flickers from the ghost of J.P Harrison, the kind, dressy theatre manager from the 1960s.

“I have always been curious, and one day when our science catches up, we will better understand the energies around us,” psychic medium and CEO of Teal Gray Worldwide Teal Gray said.

Gray hosts a radio talk show to over 50,000 worldwide listeners over health, science, theology and paranormal subjects. She also lectures on quantum physics, psychic and interspecies communication and said she leans toward what science can prove exists.

“I believe in many different forms of communication, and by reading tarot cards and tea leaves, I help my clients better themselves,” Gray said. “Not everything unexplainable is caused by a supernatural phenomenon. Ninety-nine percent of things can be explained, but in that instance that there isn’t enough to make sense of it, I don’t just hop onto a bandwagon.”

Featured Image: Teal Gray also reads tea leaves from a mix of tea she puts together herself. After mixing the tea around, the cup is flipped over on the plate to be interpreted. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

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