Haunted Plano, Texas

Haunted Plano, Texas

by Mary Jacobs


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Plano's old homes and businesses are rife with haunted history. Explore eerie urban legends like the Goat Man, the Clown Threat, and Ranch 111, where devil worshipers performed their rituals. The Evaporating Apparition spooked the staff at the Art Centre Theatre, while the grumpy spirit of an old rancher stalks the Masonic Lodge. Some specters are harmless, such as the Giggling Ghost, a little girl in the Cox Building with a penchant for peanut butter and pranks. Other figures own a more sinister reputation. The Witch Lady of Plano was feared by city youth and monitored by the FBI. Mary Jacobs examines the ghostly fallout of Plano's darkest moments, from the smallpox epidemic to the gruesome Muncey family murders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467140386
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 09/17/2018
Series: Haunted America
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,130,874
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mary Jacobs is producer of Plano podcast and a freelance writer specializing in health and fitness, spirituality and issues relating to older adults. She writes regularly for the Dallas Morning News, the Silver Century, Religion News Service, United Methodist News Service and other outlets. Mary was the founding organizer of TEDxPlano in 2014 and served as a speaker in 2017. Mary and her husband, Steve Lavine, have four grown children and live in Plano, Texas, in a home ruled by a five-pound Yorkie.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 11

I The Haunted City 13

II Ghost Sightings

1 The Masonic Lodge: Plano's Most Haunted Building 25

2 The Evaporating Apparition 33

3 The Lonely Widow 37

4 The Giggling Ghost 41

5 The Phantom Pianist 44

6 The Spooky Spinster 47

7 The Haughty Hostess 52

8 Heritage Farm Hauntings 56

9 The Murdered Dentist 63

10 The Paranormal Playmate 65

11 Ghosts around Town 67

12 The Zodiac Rider 70

13 The Uncanny Cook 74

14 Who Ya Gonna Call? A Visit to the Genealogy Center at Plano Public Library 77

III Urban Legends

15 Edna, the Bad Seed? 83

16 Clown Threat 88

17 The Goat Man 91

18 Stranger Things at Ranch 111 96

19 The Witch Lady of Plano 101

IV Dark Moments in Piano History

20 The Night Watchman 109

21 Plano's Darkest Hour: The Smallpox Epidemic 117

22 The Muncey Incident: The Gruesome Fate of Plano's First Settlers 125

23 The Hanging of Stephen Ballew 130

V Haunted History

24 Death in Early Plano 135

25 Keepers of the Family Plots 139

26 Tombstone Mysteries 143

27 Halloween Hijinks 147

28 What Lurks Beneath 152

Notes 155

About the Author 159

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