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#16 irie

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 02:29 PM

I grew up on the actual cul de sac in Algonquin in the 50's, 60's and 70's in a house built by my grand parents in the early 30's. Yes, I do believe there is supernatural activity. Curious to know further details of recent history? I think I am the only person in my family who was ever aware of anything unusual there. Waco has always seemed creepy and unusal to me.


Glad you're coming my way! Waco's definitely got tons of history in it, so there are bound to be tons of ghosts to go with it. Here's a few of my picks to supplement the great ones you've already got:

Proctor Springs--This part of Cameron Park is immediately adjacent to Lindsey Hollow Road. When you're going down the road from Herring Avenue, the entrance will be on your right. There are lots of stories of that place being haunted, maybe because of its proximity to Lindsey Hollow Road.

A friend of mine who grew up here and is a paranormal enthusiast one of the creepiest parts of town is what she calls "the cul-de-sacs." It's three streets--Algonquin, Seneca, and Avondale Avenues--off of 18th Street that end in, well, cul-de-sacs, which is strange for a neighborhood of its age. It's definitely freaky down there at the ends of the streets at night, but I couldn't give you any specific house to look for.

City Hall--3rd & Austin. Look up the Waco Horror online; it's everywhere. A young black man named Jesse Washington was lynched and burned by a violent mob there in 1916 after he was accused (falsely) of murdering a farmer's wife in Robinson and drug out of the courthouse where he was on trial. The current city hall is not the one that was there at the time, but it's on the site of the old one.

Old Waco High School--8th & Columbus. My local enthusiast friend knows of spirits here, too, in the city's abandoned former high school.

Texas Ranger Museum and Hall of Fame--In Fort Fisher Park, University Parks Drive & I-35. When the city started adding onto the museum, which was built in the 1960s, workers uncovered human remains. Turns out, the complex sits on top of the old 1st Street Cemetery and quite a few graves weren't moved, as people have always assumed they were 40 years ago. There are also lots of marked graves more towards University Parks Drive that are part of First Street Cemetery, plus there's a Jewish cemetery right next door.

You might also check with the Historic Waco Foundation. It owns and maintains several historic old homes around town. I'm sure some of the staff have stories.

Around the turn of the 20th Century there was a licensed Red Light District in Waco called "The Reservation." It was between Washington and Jefferson Avenues and 3rd Street and the Brazos River. It's mostly an empty field now. At 3rd & Jefferson is a mission-style Catholic church (not as old as it looks) and behind it, on Barron between 3rd and 4th is what used to be a convent. It's now apartments.


Just a few suggestions for interesting locales. Happy hunting! There's bound to be something just about anywhere you turn here.



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Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:34 PM

Brian, how goes the investigation? I'd love to hear about the results!

irie, I grew up in Waco, but I was totally clueless when you mentioned "the cul-de-sacs." So I went to Google Maps and did a search on Algonquin, Seneca, and Avondale Avenues. Sure enough, you can easily make out the three cul-de-sacs on the map. What's unusual is that those are the only three streets laid out like that in the older part of Waco.

To be honest, I thought I'd been all over "Jerusalem-On-The-Brazos," and I know the neighborhood since I had a GF back in high school who lived over on Cumberland. As I recall, that area was filled with older homes all built back in the early 1930s, and I will admit that some of them did look more than a little bit spooky. But I have never been to the three cul-de-sacs you mentioned. I never had any reason to go back there, but guess where I'm going next time I'm in town? LOL!

Aren't those streets just a few blocks away from Reicher Catholic High School?

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The Algonquin Cul-De-Sac as seen from Google Earth

Edited by earth_spirit, 16 September 2011 - 01:55 PM.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 02:09 PM

Brian, how goes the investigation? I'd love to hear about the results!

irie, I grew up in Waco, but I was totally clueless when you mentioned "the cul-de-sacs." So I went to Google Maps and did a search on Algonquin, Seneca, and Avondale Avenues. Sure enough, you can easily make out the three cul-de-sacs on the map. What's unusual is that those are the only three streets laid out like that in the older part of Waco.

To be honest, I thought I'd been all over "Jerusalem-On-The-Brazos," and I know the neighborhood since I had a GF back in high school who lived over on Cumberland. As I recall, that area was filled with older homes all built back in the early 1930s, and I will admit that some of them did look more than a little bit spooky. But I have never been to the three cul-de-sacs you mentioned. I never had any reason to go back there, but guess where I'm going next time I'm in town? LOL!

Aren't those streets just a few blocks away from Reicher Catholic High School?

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The Algonquin Cul-De-Sac as seen from Google Earth


hey earth spirit, that cul-de-sac does look a little creepy. what about the area where the branch davidians were blown to smithereens, do you suppose that's haunted. don't know where it is, never been to texas at all.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:13 PM

Yes, and something tells me there's more to this story. I just thought it was more than just a coincidence that two people would mention how creepy these three small cul-de-sacs seemed to be. I also thought it strange that I didn't know about his area. But you know me. I always like to check out the history of a place before doing any kind of investigation. My sixth sense tells me that something happened here, and there's more to the story.

Actually, the Branch Davidian compound is north of Waco on Hywy 84 in a little town called Elk, but no one knows where Elk, TX is located. So Waco got stuck with the honor of being home to this infamous bunch. Now that you mention it, I have heard some talk about paranormal activity around the area where the compound was located, but nothing specific.

Has anyone heard anything?
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