Talking To Ghosts In Texas
Just because a person died nearly 200 years ago doesn't mean that they aren't still with us today. True, their physical being might be a bit faded, and they may not carry on in an entire conversation, but their spirit can often be felt just by walking past them. Ghost hunters typically turn to ghost spirit boxes and K-II meters which measures electromagnetic frequencies when verbal communication with ghosts fails.
When dealing with Victoria's Black Swan Inn, this has proved to be instrumental in communicating with the dead. Lead investigator, Zak Bagans from the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures series uses the P-SB7 Spirit Box and has had great results in communicating with the dead.
Zak admits to prior attempts at debunking the spirit box, but has failed at doing so. One of these attempts included a family who lives in a home that resembles the dwelling from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, whose children were waking up with bruises. They claim to have seen dark shadows with demonic red eyes.
Some experiences are just too much to grasp, and debunking them seems to be the reasonable thing to do despite the occurrences happening on a regular basis, and serious ghost hunters equipped with high-tech gear often discover that debunking some ghost encounters simply cannot be done.
Debunking two-hundred year old ghosts has proved an impossible quest at the haunted and historic inn where today dark unseen forces torment both the owner and guests of the inn. The history surrounding Victoria's Black Swan gives ghost hunters reason to believe that history plays a big part in the haunted dwelling that now sits on the site where one of Texas's most bloody battles was fought, and if this wasn't bad enough, archaeological evidence suggests that the structure may also be sitting on top of an Indian burial grounds.
The inn is known for having some of the most mischievous ghosts and paranormal activity of all time. The historical landmark has been a hot spot since the bloody 1842 battle at Salado Creek, just six miles NE of San Antonio, where Texas Rangers led infantry troops to fight off a Mexican Army and several Cherokee Warriors. The Texas victory resulted in over sixty Mexican soldiers getting killed during the war. Today it is believed that those soldiers and Native Americans are attempting to stand their ground at the Black Swan Inn.
Today, a marker stands in reminder of the bloody battle that reads: "THE BATTLE OF THE SALADO" Decisive in Texas History, was fought here, September 18, 1842. Col. Mathew Caldwell and Capt. John C. Hays, commanding a force of Texas volunteers, opposed the Mexican army under General Adrian Woll that had captured San Antonio, and, with the loss of only one man, checked the last Mexican invasion of Texas and thereby prevented the capture of Austin, capital of the Republic of Texas.
The dark and menacing activity at the inn is so profound that not only has the paranormal activity at Victoria's Black Swan Inn caught the attention of the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures team, the inn was also featured on the show “Sightings.”
Some of the paranormal activity reported has included a ghost man that stands at the foot of owner, Jo Ann Rivera's bed, and guest's of the inn constantly claim to have seen an unearthly entity that appears outside of a window on the second floor, and then vanishes right before their eyes. The owner feels certain that there are at least eight different spirits living at the residence, and was even able to call them out by name.
A high EMF spike was detected when talking about the ghosts, especially once they were called by their individual names, which includes Sebastian, Sophie, Steven, Joe, Joline, Emma, Park, and Joanne's mother, who used their code word “Bossier” during an EVP session held by the paranormal team.
Any brave soul that visits the inn will tell you that there is a darkness that envelopes the entire property that cannot be ignored, and even if you try, the disembodied voices will remind you of where you are. An EMF baseline reading conducted on the property supported the overwhelming evidence of full-bodied apparitions with temperature spikes. Footsteps could be heard, even though there was nobody there to make them.
The enchanting gazebo adds a bit of ambiance, but the dark shadows lurking around it tend to remind you that you are standing in one of the nations most haunted inns. Period furniture and crystal chandeliers in the interior of the haunted structure take's you back in time momentarily, and the history behind it will serve as possible reasons that the spirits are attempting to communicate with the living souls willing to listen as they try and tell us about the bloody battle that once took place on the very grounds that they are now standing.
The fearless are invited to walk directly into a gruesome past where spectral figures can be seen, heard and felt, especially during the haunting tours. Those who love the supernatural, ghosts and the unexplained are treated to some of the most hair raising, bone chilling images and sounds that the paranormal investigators can conjure up. The tour is embellished with history and some shocking tidbits from the bloody past. Guests will take a walk on the dark side with experienced Paranormal Investigator and Tour Guide Wolf Holt.
Fans of paranormal activity will want to get prepared as the witching hour will soon be here. Dias De los Muertos aka Day of the Dead at the inn will bring guests a full itinerary that includes music, food, and hauntingly intriguing activities that will run through the night. Victoria's Black Swan embraces the event with many traditional events, including an eerie cemetery that is completely ready for visitors, living or dead.