A HAUNTED HUB AT HALLOWEEN
that time of year. The sun sets a bit earlier each day. Cool evening
breezes bring with them strange rustling sounds in the night, while
indistinguishable shadows dance beneath the full moon. It's almost
Halloween in Tomball,
By day the City of Tomball, 25-miles northwest of Houston,
is filled with thriving antique and specialty shops, mom-and-pop eateries,
entertainment and a quality of life that makes living in a small town
Despite the lively daytime activities here and in communities just
a short drive away, it's rumored that after dark the surrounding countryside
is filled with a nightlife better suited for those who have crossed
over. No, not into Montgomery County . . . those who have passed away,
yet feel the need to remain in Tomball.
Museum Center on North Pine Street
Courtesy City of Tomball
Nestled in the
heart of the popular Tomball Museum Center with its historic homes,
log cabin, church, one-room school house and farm museum is the Griffin
Built about 1860 by Eugene Pillot, a renowned builder along the Texas
Gulf Coast, the Griffin House is a beautifully restored example
of Civil War era architecture complete with its own apparition in
According to Museum Director, Charles Hall, stories of a female spirit
in the Griffin House have circulated for years. As the story goes
the figure of a woman dressed in period clothing has been seen in
the upper reaches of the home and more than once rocking quietly back
and forth in her rocking chair in the parlor.
The ghost is thought to be the 21-year-old daughter of the Faris family
who once lived in the home. The mysterious cause of the young woman's
death has never been determined.
During the Civil
War a Confederate powder mill sat in what is now Spring Creek Park,
just a short drive from downtown Tomball. It was there Texans loyal
to the Confederacy worked around the clock making cannon powder for
the rebel army's artillery pieces.
In 1864 a horrific explosion destroyed the facility killing three
men working there. The force of the blast was so great that a huge
crater was created that over time filled with water and became a popular
swimming hole for locals.
Despite rumors of spirits at the pond and in the surrounding woods,
the lure of the cool dark water continued to draw swimmers to the
powder mill site willing to risk a ghostly encounter for a quick dip.
Unfortunately for some that decision ended in their death. After several
curious drownings the powder mill pond was fenced, but the rumors
remain even today among park-goers and overnight campers.
A paranormal investigation was conducted at Spring Creek Park in 2008
with results showing evidence of unexplained responses to questioning,
shadowy images and psychic impressions. Could these have been the
spirits of deceased soldiers of the Confederacy, drowning victims
or possibly both?
Historic old cemeteries
From the Pillot plots and the Salem Lutheran Church cemetery, to the
cemetery and others in Klein and Spring, exploring the final resting
places of founding fathers and mothers can be an adventure . . . especially
A story circulated on the Internet involves the Dowdell cemetery just
east of downtown Tomball.
It's said that a group of friends looking for a graveyard "gotcha"
parked their car outside the locked gate of the cemetery late one
It wasn't long before they heard the sound of approaching footsteps
through the open windows. As the sound grew louder the group peered
into the darkness but saw nothing. The sound continued to "walk" around
the car, pausing at the rear, then slowly move away into the night.
Minutes later, as they sat there talking about their creepy encounter,
a green light flashed through the cemetery and the chained gate began
to rattle on its own. The terrified group drove back into Tomball
and later that night found unexplained handprints in the dust on the
back window of their hatchback.
The days around Halloween tend to make one wonder a bit more about
things that go bump in the night; things to be explored after dark,
or better yet, left alone. Welcome to Tomball,
Submitted by Mike Baxter, Marketing Director, City of Tomball
October 26, 2015 Guest Column
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