Old Town Spring, TX
For those of you seeking a brush with the paranormal along with fabulous food, shopping and a friendly small-town atmosphere, a visit to Old Town Spring, TX will check every single one of those boxes on your list! We trolled into Spring due to numerous stories about one building and discovered that most of Old Town Spring is haunted!
Old Town Spring was established as a railroad boom town with roots that dig into the ancient. The original inhabitants of the region where the Oroquisac Indians. The Spanish and French were drawn into the region to establish trade with the Oroquisac. Still, the area really didn’t begin to develop, substantially, until 1836 when the separation of Texas from Mexico caused an increase of settlers to the region. The influx of settlers reached new heights with the statehood of Texas in 1845 because the U.S. Government handed out large land grants in the region. Spring prospered for the next 70 years, supported substantially by railroad operations in the area. It even became the junction city for two railroad lines which brought, not only an increase in settlers, merchants and business to the area, but also a new roundhouse, fourteen new track yards, an opera house, bank, hopital, lumber mill, hotels, restaurants and saloons. Wunsche Brothers Cafe & Saloon became pivotal in the community!
Spring continued to prosper until 1923 when the railroad relocated operations to Houston. The town began to struggle. Prohibition added another blow to the town and forced the saloons and gaming houses to close. Wunsche Brothers held tough and became the last saloon in Harris County to close. Spring still limped along. The death blow to Spring came when The Great Depression hit. Most establishments were shuttered and the town became dormant. It remained silently sleeping until the late 1960’s.
In the 1960’s the Oil & Gas Industry became big business in the Houston area, Because of Spring’s close proximity to Houston, there was a sudden revitalization of the town. Merchants from the Houston area began to relocate near to the Spring Cafe (the name of Munsche Brothers at that time). Growth continued through the 1970’s and today The Town offers a wide variety of festivals and cultural events including the Texas Crawfish & Music Festival.
For those of you interested in the paranormal, here are some highlights:
At the time of our visit, we were unable to investigate Wunsche Brothers as it was closed and the perimeter secured because of a mysterious fire. The cause of the fire was never determined and this was not the first mysterious fire at this location. Numerous accounts of strange happenings, including chairs and other items moving, appliances turning themselves on and off, doors seemingly being held by someone and even the occasional apparition sighting have occurred. All of this activity is attributed to Charlie. It is commonly believed that Charles Wunsche, one of the founders of the establishment (circa 1902) has never left. He’s known to be a bit of a prankster and kind of a fun spirit and former staff believes he watched over them! At the time of our visit, the building had just sold and will be repaired and reopened under the same name, offering the same award-winning menu that has brought folks in from over 100 miles around. One can only assume that Charlie is still there and will be up to his old antics, as well.
Old Town Spring Bank
Just down the street from the Wunsche Brothers is Mallots. We strolled in to admire the collection of beautiful stones only to discover that this place is haunted, as well! Formerly the bank, it suffered through several bank robberies, one of which is rumored to have been committed by Bonnie, Clyde and the Barrow gang! The owner of this shop cleanses it regularly but we were still able to get one of the spirits to roll a flashlight in the old bank vault, which is open for the public to see. The staff here was extremely welcoming and the shop offers an abundance of stunning items!
The German Gift House
The German Gift House turned out to be another hot spot! Though not original to Spring, this shop boasts at least 2 children. They have made a fine habit out of throwing candy around the shop at night, leaving a mess for the staff to clean up. It seems they might be a bit frustrated and not being able to eat their sweet treats in the afterlife. One staff member and one team member were in the shop and we could clearly make out the footsteps and movement as they approached us from the back room! Did I mention candy? The German offerings in this store are fabulous and we did not leave empty handed. We left with both: paranormal experiences and several items from the shop.
The Doll Hospital
We did not investigate The Doll Hospital but we heard many great stories and saw pictures that were taken on the recent ghost tour. The creep factor of having dolls move themselves and photos of dolls that went from not smiling to smiling, in a series, was enough to keep us at bay! Dolls are creepy!.
The courtyard outside Celtic Odyssey has, also, delivered photo evidence from several people. A woman, not of this world, has been clearly captured spending time here. Do be sure to venture into Celtic Odyssey for some authentic Celtic shopping and to meet the friendly staff who will update you on news from the latest ghost tour! Speaking of the ghost tour, tickets for the walking ghost tours are obtained here. They take place on full moons and high-pagan holidays. We saw several photos and heard several spooky tales that occurred on these tours while we were in Spring.
We recommend either starting or ending your time in Spring with a trip to Ellen’s Cafe. Chef owned and operated, the food and service are excellent and you cannot make a bad choice from their extensive menu!
We have been researching Spring to find out why this quaint little town has so much ghostly activity but have been unable to turn up any definitive reason. Regardless, Spring is a picture perfect setting with friendly people and shop owners, great food, numerous unique boutique shops, special events and more than its’ fair share of ghosts.