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Six spooky spots around the city to know

Sergio Muñoz

Brianna Chavez, Staff Reporter

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Concordia Cemetery

Located in Central El Paso, Concordia Cemetery is one of El Paso’s oldest cemeteries. More than 60,000 people are buried in the cemetery dating back to the late 1800s, but not everyone has made it to the great beyond. Visitors have reported seeing shadows and feeling a presence watching over them. Concordia has different sections including a “children’s section.” In 2012, Henry Flores with the Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society told NPR that on ghost tours women who have had C-sections feel something weird and uncomfortable on their scars.

DeSoto Hotel

The DeSoto Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown El Paso and has been standing for more than a century. Several tenants have heard little girls running around the hotel. The basement, which was once used for satanic rituals, is allegedly the most haunted area of the building. People believe its demonic in nature. It’s even been one of the sites shown on an episode of the popular Travel television show Ghost Adventures.

Old Main

Old Main, originally constructed in 1917, is now home to many of the Sociology and Anthropology department. In 2002, an investigative piece about Old Main was published. Five reporters spent the night in the building to figure out once and for all if the building was in fact haunted. The reporters heard footsteps and doors opening and closing. As they reviewed a tape recorder they left in one part of the building, they could hear voices of what appeared to sound like a lecture was being given.

Rubin Center (Seamon Hall)

The Rubin Center, formerly known as Seamon Hall, was built in 1927 and was named after former UTEP Professor William Henry Seamon. Allegedly UTEP Police frequently respond to mysterious and unexplained calls at night near this building. Legend has it that a young girl who was pregnant was killed by the baby’s father. Witness have allegedly seen an old 1930’s car drive by and watch a girl get out of the car and walk towards the building.

Magoffin Home

Located near downtown El Paso, the Magoffin home dates back to the early days of El Paso’s history. The home was owned by businessman Joseph Magoffin and his family. It’s now owned by the Texas Historical Commission. Employees have allegedly seen what they believe to be Magoffin’s family members roam the halls of the home. Some employees have also seen the rocking chair one of Magoffin’s family members rock back and forth mysteriously.

Loretto Academy

Loretto Academy is a private Catholic school founded by the Sisters of Loretto in 1923. Rumor has it that a nun killed herself after finding out she was pregnant and jumped off the building’s bell tower. Students have allegedly seen a figure walking around the bell tower.

Brianna Chavez may be reached at theprospector1@gmail.com.

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