Columbus, Texas, is conveniently located on I-10 at Highway 71, between Houston and Austin, and not far from San Antonio. It’s also a charming and delightfully haunted town.
I first heard about Columbus’s annual Live Oaks & Dead Folks Tour, which gets rave reviews. That event — usually held early in November — takes place in Columbus’ haunted Columbus City Cemetery.
That cemetery is on Walnut Street, not far from the middle of town. Its age is unknown, but the earliest headstone is dated 1853.
The more I read, the more this cemetery intrigued me.
I first investigated this cemetery early in March 2006. My photos revealed several crisp, clear orbs — even in daylight — and a photo that looks like ectoplasm. Here’s what I found:
- Columbus – ghost orbs – One of my first photos shows a vivid orb at Columbus City Cemetery, shortly after sunrise.
- Columbus – daytime ghost orbs – Few sites are haunted enough to produce orbs in broad daylight. This unretouched photo impressed me.
- Columbus, Texas – ectoplasm – Is it from the 500+ unmarked graves, a victim of King Tut’s curse, or some other source?
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- Live Oaks & Dead Folks Tour a popular annual event, early in November each year.
- The Turner-Chapman Gallery features “ghost paintings” by artist Ken Turner. The gallery has its own colorful history from Columbus’ “Wild West” era, and maybe a few ghosts.
most photogenic graveyards I’ve ever seen.
Columbus has so many interesting ghost stories, I wrote a full chapter about it in my book, The Ghosts of Austin.