Located in Seguin, Texas the Magnolia Hotel is considered an historic building with haunting encounters. The Magnolia was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. It began operating as a hotel in 1844 and has had a series of owners throughout the years. There are claims that the hotel is haunted. Paranormal teams and media have visited the location and there are many you tube videos available. The Magnolia Hotel even has it’s own Facebook page and ghost tours are in the area if you are interested in joining in on some fun.
A Texas Ranger and co-founder of Seguin by the name of Lt. James Campbell was the first owner of the Magnolia Hotel. It is rumored that his spirit remains in the smoker room of the hotel. There are reports of his name heard on digital recordings along with other evidence by various people. He was savagely murdered by Indians right after departing the Magnolia on a business trip.
The owners of the Magnolia Hotel over the past 150 years:
- James Campbell
- Joseph F. Johnson
- Michael Erskine
- Jeremiah Calvert
- Dr William Reid, 1850
- Thomas Dickey Johnson, 1860 to 1900
- Hilmar Weinert, 1911
- Herman Herzog and Eddie Wahl, 1916
- C.H. Trott/Mattie Dalchau, 1925
- Sons of Hermann of San Antonio, 1932
- Edgar and Virginia Lannom, 1934
- Lannom Estate, 1994
- Erin O. Wallace and Jim Ghedi, 2013
Another resident of the hotel was a druggist by the name of William Faust who traveled from the Magnolia and committed a brutal murder and then returned to the hotel later that night as a way of avoiding a connection to the crime. His ploy failed miserably.
The Murder Victim
Emma Voelcker, age 12, was murdered in 1874 by William Faust a man who was infatuated with his sister-in-law and eventually decided to murder his wife to be with the woman he loved.
He did not reside in Seguin but his work brought him there frequently. His wife was afraid to be alone during his absences so he recommended that she stay with family friends in an area called New Braunfels.
She agreed and stayed there often where she shared a bedroom with the Voelcker’s daughter, Emma. Emma usually slept in the bed and Mrs. Faust on the floor. On the night of the ax murder, Emma and Mrs. Faust switched sleeping locations.
William Faust quietly walked into the bedroom and hit Emma with his ax numerous times, killing her. He then realized he had killed the girl instead of his intended victim and went after his wife. He permanently blinded her and fortunately, did not kill her because a sound scared him off. His wife maintained his innocence after he was apprehended because she claimed that she did not see anything.
Since Faust quickly fell under suspicion, in part, due to a total lack of caring about who attacked his wife and never participating in any of the search efforts for the perpetrator. Faust thought that he had gotten away with murder but was caught in the fall of 1875, convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in San Antonio. The locals were outraged by the sentence so he was moved back to the original jailhouse in Comal County. It was at this location that a mob tried to lynch him. Faust was shot and killed while incarcerated here by a lone gunman who shot him directly through the bars of his jail cell.
Haunting Reports in the Magnolia
So, what exactly are people reporting? The list includes:
- Strange smells
- Figure standing in one of the windows
- Ghost of a young girl that roams the hotel
- Strange sounds
- Various EVPs and digital recordings
This hotel ended up in a dilapidated condition for a number of years after being turned into apartments and then totally let go. In the 1990’s it was a drug and prostitute infested dwelling. A famous prostitute named Pink Rosebud lived across the street from the hotel but brought her business to the Magnolia.
Short Video of the Magnolia Hotel
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