As to the hauntings of the Fort, its name
alone suggests that it would only make sense that the place would be
alive with spirits from the past.
legends exist that the place is haunted by restless
frontier times, who continue to stalk their ancient grounds during the
night. Another says the fort is haunted by an innocent man who
was wrongly hanged near the fort. After his life ended at the
end of a rope, his accusers are all said to have died in mysterious ways.
A former Abilene psychic, who visited the
fort, said that he suddenly saw the old officers’ quarters change into
its former complete structure, where he found himself in the parlor. There, two men in officer’s uniforms stood before him.
One man was said to have been tall and thin, while the other was a red
haired short man with piercing eyes.
As the psychic
stood their in fright, the men glared at him, seemingly unhappy at his
intrusion. When he turned to flee, the apparitions and the
restored building faded.
The nearby Lake
Fort Phantom Hill
is also said to be haunted by a watery spirit who is familiarly called
the "Lady of the Lake.”
woman is said to have been seen numerous times, the first of which
almost 150 years ago, long be the lake even existed. Dressed in a
light-colored long gown or robe the watery ghost is said have been
seen wandering aimlessly around the lakeside. Others who have seen her
described the apparition as floating over the lake, sometimes carrying
a lantern and surrounded by a bluish glow.
Who is this restless spirit? The answer to this question provides as many legends and the spirit
herself. The first legend says she was the wife of a pioneer who
built a small cabin in the woods that are now filled with Lake Phantom. In the midst of the dangerous Comancheria, the cabin was often attacked by
To protect themselves, the couple made a pact that no one would enter the
cabin without first speaking a secret password. If the code word
wasn’t given, they were to shoot anything or anyone that tried to enter. One day when the man had gone out hunting he was ambushed by
as he approaching his cabin. Injured, he managed to escape and began
clawing at the door to his cabin. Forgetting about his
password or unable to say it, his wife shot him before he cleared the
stoop. According to legend, the forlorn woman continues to wander
the lake, cursed for eternity for killing her husband.