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 Posted: Mon Sep 12th, 2011 03:47 pm

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Houston’s most haunted block?*
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> The 3000 block of Louisiana may just be Houston’s most haunted block.
> Strange occurrences have been reported by residents and employees for
> years,
> yet the area remains unrecognized among Houston’s more active centers for
> paranormal activity, such as La Carafe and Spaghetti Warehouse. There have
> been countless accounts of hearing eerie girlish laughter, howling winds
> (even on still nights), distant screams and the frequent appearance of a
> female spectral form.
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> For some reason, appearances of the female spirit seem to be centered on
> the
> High Fashion Fabrics building, with fewer reports coming from the
> restaurant
> that shares the same block. Eyewitness accounts are difficult to find, but
> here is the strangest one I’ve been able to dig up.
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> “(Name and employer withheld) was working late one night in early
> September.
> When she got in her car, she glanced in the rearview mirror and swears she
> caught a glimpse of a woman sitting in her back seat. When she looked
> again,
> she was gone. As ghost stories go, it’s pretty standard. Where it gets
> really odd is that when the young lady turned on her defroster, the window
> fogged to reveal the words “Tell him I’m sorry” written in the windshield.
> Even creepier? When she reached up to touch the glass where the writing
> appeared, it wiped off—as if it had been written on the inside of the
> windshield, not the outside.”
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>
>
> Granted, distant screams in Midtown are not uncommon. But howling winds on
> still nights? Spectral female entities lurking in your back seat? That’s a
> little spooky, especially when you consider the area’s history.
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>
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> I’m not sure what this place was before High Fashion Fabrics moved in, but
> records indicate the current structure was built in 1950. Not much
> information exists prior to that, but the area bound by Smith, Louisiana,
> Anita and Rosalie streets is believed to have originally belonged to the
> McIlhenny’s, a prominent family from Houston’s early history. Many point
> to
> the fact that the streets Anita and Rosalie are named after Samuel K.
> McIlhenny’s daughters as proof. Some even speculate that the family home,
> known as The Gables, once stood on this block. Recent utility excavations
> in
> the area revealed wooden foundation beams dated to sometime between 1850
> and
> the turn-of-the century, which appear to corroborate this claim.
>
>
>
> All I know is that the history of the area, combined with the tragedy that
> befell the McIlhenny family, come together in that rare mix of time, place
> and loss that seem to be at the heart of every convincing paranormal
> occurrence.
>
>
>
> It all started innocently enough. It was September of 1900 and it had been
> a
> brutally hot summer in Houston (nothing new there). Eva McIlhenny and her
> husband Samuel were discussing taking their daughters, Anita and Rosalie,
> to
> the family beach house in Galveston to escape the city’s sweltering
> heat. According
> to newspaper accounts of the tragedy, Samuel was against the idea from the
> start, saying that the girls had “lingered too long in summer’s frivolity”
> and needed to begin preparation for the rapidly approaching school season.
> Eva, citing the “infernal heat and humidity,” argued with Samuel,
> ultimately
> disobeying her husband’s demands and taking the girls to the coast against
> his wishes.
>
>
>
> This would prove to be a fatal mistake for the women of the McIlhenny
> family.
>
>
>
> The date was September 8, 1900 and Mrs. McIlhenny had no way of knowing
> that
> a monstrous hurricane—a storm that would prove to be the deadliest in U.S.
> history—sat brooding in the Gulf of Mexico, poised to make its fatal
> strike
> inland. Sadly, Eva, Anita and Rosalie McIlhenny were lost to the Great
> Storm
> of 1900, along with 8,000 other souls.
>
>
>
> No one knows the exact reason why Samuel did not accompany his family to
> the
> coast. Perhaps he was angered by Eva’s defiance and wanted to make a
> statement. Maybe he had business to tend to. Either way, he never saw his
> family alive again.
>
>
>
> A quote from a recent article states that “…Mr. McIlhenny was so
> distressed
> about the death of his beloved family members that he wanted to name
> streets
> after them. So Anita and Rosalie were so honored by having streets named
> after them. I do not know why he did not give Eva a street.”
>
>
>
> We can only speculate that he never named a street after Eva because he
> blamed her for the loss of his only daughters. Maybe the fact that he
> never
> forgave her, or at least blamed her for their death, is what draws the
> spirit of Eva McIlhenny back to this spot time and time again.
>
>
>
> So the next time you find yourself in the 3000 block of Louisiana, keep
> your
> eyes and ears open. It seems that reports of strange happenings are fairly
> frequent. And if you should hear the words “I’m sorry” whispered from over
> your shoulder, *do* *not* turn around—unless you are prepared for what may
> be behind you.
>



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 Posted: Mon Sep 19th, 2011 06:02 pm

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I know some people that work in the area and am trying to get interviews with some of the businesses thta occupy the area. nyone lese had any luck finding more info?

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 Posted: Wed Sep 28th, 2011 02:56 pm

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I've heard about weird experiences at this location before, too! A friend of mine used to work at the old High Fashion Fabrics, and sometimes had to stay late to help close out the registers. She told me that two different times, she heard rustling sounds when no one was there, and once saw the figure of a woman quietly crying. One night, all the black fabrics were pulled out downstairs after the store closed. Creepy! I have not been by there lately, but wouldn't be surprised if there are more stories out there.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2011 03:51 pm

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I spoke with poeple at both businesses occupying that block. Both have stories that range from unexplained noises to doors that open and close on their own, etc etc. I can't find anyone that will admit to seeing any entities as of yet, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that something beyond explanation is happening there.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 5th, 2012 04:50 am

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I know I'm a little late on the subject, however, tonight was my first time at the Warehouse and I had a sort of knowledge of the claims. Not expecting to find a damn thing my brother in law and I were upstairs to the right of the trolley car and of course both joking around and talking mess about ghost being a bunch of bull and people see what they want to see... After my comment, "we'll probably have something happen now that we're talking crap about ghost." We laughed and I turned , looked into the trolley and while turning back I undoubtedly saw a small girl, shoulders up, the hair on my neck arms and legs stood on end and I just stopped and starred at my brother in law. I didn't want to look back and have never had this feeling before. He looked at me and said whats up, then just as fast as I had seen the girl his attitude changed and knew I wasn't messing around. After taking a few pictures around the room we rejoined our party downstairs, the waiter was telling his personal experiences. I found a light smear in one of the pictures and went to retake it. My brother in law was talking to the waiter and he mentioned to him, without any prior knowledge of what I saw, there we're two urns in the urn case up until about a year ago. Two children, a boy and girl. After telling the waiter what I saw, our whole party joined me upstairs, waiter and all. He told me the facts about the case/cabinet. Again everyone left and I stayed. After walking around I was sort of talking to myself and randomly heard a shallow breath or voice that had two syllables. I froze. Before leaving I was walking to the stairs and said, "ok little girl, I'm gone, you've got a about 10 seconds... I glanced to my left and at another table saw the same face. (not sure if its what my mind wanted to see)... I then walked down the stairs with the most awkward feeling.

I'll definitely go back with a better camera! Skeptical and curious for as long as I can remember, now... I want more evidence!

Any questions or thoughts welcome! :)



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I know I'm a little late on the subject, however, tonight was my first time at the Warehouse and I had a sort of knowledge of the claims. Not expecting to find a damn thing my brother in law and I were upstairs to the right of the trolley car and of course both joking around and talking mess about ghost being a bunch of bull and people see what they want to see... After my comment, "we'll probably have something happen now that we're talking crap about ghost." We laughed and I turned , looked into the trolley and while turning back I undoubtedly saw a small girl, shoulders up, the hair on my neck arms and legs stood on end and I just stopped and starred at my brother in law. I didn't want to look back and have never had this feeling before. He looked at me and said whats up, then just as fast as I had seen the girl his attitude changed and knew I wasn't messing around. After taking a few pictures around the room we rejoined our party downstairs, the waiter was telling his personal experiences. I found a light smear in one of the pictures and went to retake it. My brother in law was talking to the waiter and he mentioned to him, without any prior knowledge of what I saw, there we're two urns in the urn case up until about a year ago. Two children, a boy and girl. After telling the waiter what I saw, our whole party joined me upstairs, waiter and all. He told me the facts about the case/cabinet. Again everyone left and I stayed. After walking around I was sort of talking to myself and randomly heard a shallow breath or voice that had two syllables. I froze. Before leaving I was walking to the stairs and said, "ok little girl, I'm gone, you've got a about 10 seconds... I glanced to my left and at another table saw the same face. (not sure if its what my mind wanted to see)... I then walked down the stairs with the most awkward feeling.

I'll definitely go back with a better camera! Skeptical and curious for as long as I can remember, now... I want more evidence!

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Alleged: head peaking over
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u209/rob771989/182.jpg
15-18 Seconds later...
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u209/rob771989/183.jpg
Light streak before and after...
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u209/rob771989/156.jpg
After (took multiple of this same pic... same exact results)
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u209/rob771989/167.jpg
Just a face on the wall to the left of the machine
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u209/rob771989/174.jpg



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Hey. You may have posted this in the wrong area. It really sounds like you are talking about the Spaghetti Warehouse, where I have had similar expereinces. Have you ever heard anything about the old High Fashion Fabrics building or Damien's Italian Restaurant? They are both on the 3000 block of Louisianna and have reported sightings and expereinces. I've actually talked to some of the people at the restaurant personally.

I can find very little about this haunted hotspot. Have you ever heard of it? It's pretty freaky!!


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