|Historic Nutt House Hotel in Granbury, Texas|
Before starting our tour, Boots told those with smart phones to power up an app that would pick up vibes from ghostly beings—spirits still lurking from Granbury’s lawless days. And there were many strikes to prove the assertions of Boots and other historians.
|Many buildings around the Granbury square, such as|
the First National Bank, are recognized for their historic importance.
Bonnie and Clyde were known about these parts for buying sandwiches which they ate on the courthouse lawn before taking off to rob a bank in a nearby town. Even though the sheriff recognized them from Wanted posters, he decided not to tangle with them and left them alone.
|The Hood County jail is now a museum.|
Notorious six-shooter Jesse James had a bank account and safe deposit box in the First National Bank, the only U. S. bank where he had a working account. Spirits are plentiful on the steps of a fire escape where James shot his girlfriend and a sheriff, and visitors with the app on their phones reported dozens of strikes at that spot. Later in life James returned to Granbury and is buried there.
The assassin of President Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, came to Granbury after the murder and took the name John St. Helens. Not recognized as the killer, he tended bar where the Nutshell Bakery is today. He also managed the local theater group for 18 months before falling ill and confessing to the murder. Legend says he revealed that the gun he used to shoot Lincoln could be found under the floor boards of Room 2 of the hotel. However, once his health improved he skipped town and fled to Oklahoma.
|The courthouse played a part in many of Granbury's legends.|
Lively history and legends are what make this one of the seven best ghost tours in the country according to Frommers Travel Guide. Tours are held twice on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children.
Photos by Beverly Burmeier
Read more about Granbury in Beverly's article from the Austin American-Statesman: