Wild West


Texas’ greatest ghost story is freely available to the public during the daytime but restricted to four people a night. The creaking oak gates and heavy doors all slam shut at 4:45 p.m., and you’re on your own until 9 the next morning. Accounts from the scores of people who have stayed there fill a journal on a table. Some of the entries are bogus, some terrifying, still others quietly in the “zen” of the experience.

Enclosing the site are 8-foot-high rugged stone walls perforated every 30 feet or so with firing slits more colorfully known as “murder holes.” Leading from the quadrangle are three gunner’s ramps—one facing a crossing of

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