What better time than Halloween to delve into the otherworldly legends surrounding Texas’ most sacred site? If only a fraction of the many eyewitness accounts and second-hand reports contain a particle of truth, the Alamo has to be the most haunted place in the Lone Star State. The original ghost sighting was without a doubt the most frightening. Santa Anna was on his way to his richly deserved comeuppance at San Jacinto, when he sent a messenger back to San Antonio with orders for the rearguard to burn the battered ruins of the Alamo. The bodies of the slain Texans already had been reduced to ashes by a matching pair of funeral pyres, so it made a twisted kind of sense that the mission they died defending should suffer the same fate.

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