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The Ghosts of Fort Phantom - Page 3

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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 wasnít 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 Indians 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.

 

Fort Phantom, Texas

Fort Phantom, Kathy Weiser, November, 2009. This image available for photographic prints and downloads HERE!

 

 

 

A second legend says the when a couple were to meet at a church near the lake in the mid 1940s to exchange wedding vows, the groom never arrived. After hours of waiting and sure that he would not have left her standing at the alter, she begged authorities to look for her groom. The next morning he was found dressed in his finest suit floating in a boat in the middle of the lake. Though the manís face bore and expression of severe pain, doctors could not determine the cause of death. Some say the spirit was the bride searching for her fiancťís killer.

A third legend places the spirit at a much later date in the early 1980s. According to this tale, a young woman and her lover agree to mete at the lake for an evening of romance. However, when the young man arrived he was enraged by a rumor he had heard about her and the two began to quarrel. The disagreement grew worse ending in the man drowning her in the lake. In this version, it is the murdered woman who wanders the lake.

WeepingWomanImage.jpg (302x409 -- 53044 bytes)Finally, if you were to ask anyone of Hispanic descent, they would most assuredly tell you that the ghostly woman is that of La Llorona, who is often seen about the lakes and rivers of the southwest.

In any event, there have been literally hundreds of sightings throughout the years of the Lady of the Lake, who seemingly doesnít keep her excursions only at lakeside. She has also said to have been seen at a nearby cemetery as well as along a dirt road called Loverís Lane. One couple sighting her at Loverís Lane described her as walking along the road; however, when she grew closer, they could see that the apparition had not eyes.

Other strange phenomena around the lake includes the sounds of screams, moaning, gunshots and rapping upon vehicle windows. Others report smells of decaying flesh, perfume and roses.


Dogs at the lake have been noticed to go into unprovoked snapping and barking at seemingly invisible visitors.

 

On the breezy Texas border, on the prairies far away
Where the antelope is grazing and the Spanish ponies play;
Where the tawny cattle wander through the golden incensed hours,
And the sunlight woos a landscape clothed in royal robes of flowers;
Where the Elm and Clear Fork mingle, as they journey to the sea,
And the night-wind sobs sad stories o'er a wild and lonely lea;
Where of old the dusky savage and the shaggy bison trod,
And the reverent plains are sleeping 'midst drowsy dreams of God;
Where the twilight loves to linger, e'er night's sable robes are cast
'Round grim-ruined, spectral chimneys, telling stories of the past,
There upon an airy mesa, close beside a whispering rill
There to-day you'll find the ruins of Old Fort Phantom Hill.

- Larry Chitenden, 1938

 

Fort Phantom Commissary-Storehouse

Fort Phantom Commissary-Storehouse, Kathy Weiser, November, 2009. This image available for photographic prints and downloads HERE!

 

 

© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated June, 2010.

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