To illuminate the haunted soul of a complex town that contains as many ghosts as Dallas, you need the right stories, told in the right places, by the right guide, to do it justice.
Dallas Terrors has carefully curated the 8 stories of the Standard tour and the Extended tour’s 4 extra stories to encapsulate Dallas’s dynamic and torrid history. You’ll hear about the farming and cattle culture that made the city bloom and persist today. You’ll hear about the roughneck revolution when oil money started to pool here in the city, overflowing spectacularly during the late 70s. You will see the proud industrial and business culture that makes Dallas Fort Worth home to over 25 fortune 500 companies.
Every story you will hear has been thoroughly researched, with the facts drawn straight from the history books. The accounts of hauntings and ghost sightings only come from first-hand verified accounts. Your guide on this roller coaster ride through the hauntings of Dallas is a local professional. They are knowledgeable about the places you will visit and ghosts you might see on the Dallas Terrors tour. Your guide is passionate about this city and loves to share the stories that makes Cow Town ripe with ghosts. Every evening a Dallas Terrors tour will set out to explore more of the supernatural history on the streets of Big D.
Every location you will visit will expose the people, places, and past of Dallas. We will lay bare the horrid details of the misadventures, loves, and crimes that led to these people becoming ghosts.
Why is Dallas so Haunted?
Long before John Neely Bryan planted his stake in the ground, Dallas has been a place of conflict. Constant skirmishes, battles, and bloodshed between three competing civilizations, the Pueblo from the south, the Mississippi Valley peoples, and the northern plains cultures happened in the Texas area. Remnants of their battles and succeeding waves of settlement pop-up all-over Dallas. Like the 300 arrowheads found in one sandbank of the Trinity River. Many skeletons, and human burials, even one whole family buried together that predates any European American settlement. There have not been any ghost sightings from these cultures, though, perhaps because their histories are not widely known.
When the first Mexican settlers arrived here, they called the place theirs, and when Spain invaded Mexico, Texas became Spanish. From then, the area passed between Spain, France, and eventually to a newly independent Texas. The Independent Republic of Texas was a short-lived notion, in existence for just nine years before the United States annexed it.
Shortly after John Neely Bryan planted his stake in the ground, with his name inscribed on a piece of buckskin, he later established a ranch here. He became Dallas Postmaster, judge, lawyer, and even ran a ferry across the Trinity River, where commercial street now crosses it. He also advocated for the all-important railroads to come through Dallas and stood on the platform in mid-July 1872 to welcome the first locomotive to Union Station.
He didn’t live to see the city’s rapid industrialization at the end of the 19th century, but his land on the muddy, straggly banks of the Trinity River would often be the first place people camped when they came to Dallas. Some sleeping under the wagon they came in on until they could afford a tent. One family that arrived this way was that of Clyde Chestnut, one half of the crime gang, Bonnie and Clyde.
The growing industry drew migrant Freedmen and displaced agricultural workers from the rural south at a great rate. The ever-enlarging city soon became a factory for the whole south. Many of these workers found jobs in the steaming factories and warehouses of the city/ The freight trains running nonstop brought all kinds of industry, wealth, greed, and corruption.
The striking flag with the lone star lives on as the state flag and a point of independent pride. Dallas has packed in a lot into the years since it was incorporated in 1856. The people of Dallas manufactured over 118,000 military vehicles and planes during World War II. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, and the grassy knoll at the back of Dealy Plaza took on new prominence on November 22, 1963.
Dallas has so much to share; it can overwhelm the unprepared traveler. Let Dallas Terrors be your guide and experience the full depth of the Dallas Terrors tonight.
The ghost of JFK?
Dallas should have the ghosts of JFK and probably Lee Harvey Oswald. Jack Ruby, nightclub owner, and small-time hood assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald on the Old Red Courthouse’s steps, just one block from the Texas School Book Depository from where he shot JFK. The crime of the century is still too fascinating and fresh for rumors of ghosts. The plain truth is still so elusive. The assassination gave the city the nickname the ‘City of Hate’ for a while and made the Dallas Cowboys the most hated team in the NFL. The event still reverberates around the city. As if the events themselves are the ghosts. The museum on the sixth floor of the Book Depository traces the events and includes the window Lee Harvey Oswald used.
Where Black Gold runs in the streets
Dallas is the medusa’s head of the US’s oil business, and all roads lead to the Dallas Petroleum Club. The invitation-only private club is on the 46th floor of the Chase building in Downtown Dallas. Three oil company executives started it, and the members’ list reads like a who’s who of the fossil fuel industry. If the walls could talk, they would tell incredible tales of deals, scandals, and the big personalities that the oil industry attracts. The actual ghosts of that industry are spread all over Texas and the Permian Basin, but the money comes here, and where there is money, there is power and greed and a good deal of suffering and unfinished business. Prime conditions for the creation of ghosts!
Dalton was the best :) Thank you for an amazing tour! If you are looking for a fun way to learn abou...
Leon is an engaging and knowledgeable tour guide. I recommend this tour.
The ghosts don't bite, and neither do we, so keep calm, and if you aren't cool, just think of that frozen margarita – invited right here in Dallas!
Even ghosts appreciate being called sir, or ma'am, as do most Dallasites; please don't take offense, we've been doing it all our lives.
Most ghosts aren't angry, just don't tell them how the Cowboys are doing, and we will all be OK.
Dallas is a fascinating city, but keep your head in the game, your eyes on your group, and your heart clear, and you can't lose!
Dallas is dead flat, but keep a lookout for stray cattle or trucks, neither slow down for just about anyone.