Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Hot Wells Motel claimed to be haunted location
Citation from where photo was taken from.
Wikipedia on Hot Wells Hotel
Hotel Wells built according to a forum I read was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Some say that the hotel smells a smell of death but in reality it is the smell of a sulfur spring that flows within the Hot Wells Hotel. According to historians the State Hospital could not use the springs due to its sulfur content and the 109 degree temperature and was bought for its rights to pull water from its spring. It was later bought off to make a resort and the sulfur springs were used as a way to get visitors to enjoy the hot sulfur springs. Many claim that bathing in the springs cured aliments which was used to attract people to the hotel.
Unfortunately Hot Wells Hotel has been victim of not one but a few arson's which has halted any chance for this historic site to its original glory. As you can see in this small photo it was a very prominent place where people came to relax and enjoy the mineral bath.
The location is said to be on South Presa which is not to far from the infamous Insane Asylum or what the city referred to as the State Hospital.
I haven't heard of any ghost stories coming from this location but this area in general has many urban legends. The stories that you read online are normally ones claiming the smell of death but this could be dis proven because of the sulfur springs that occupy the space. Not to say its not a haunted location since it was built in the early 1800s but there hasn't been any record that I know of where people have had ghostly experiences. I was able to go to the location many years ago on an assignment on long forgotten locations around San Antonio.
I hope one day someone will bring back this location to what it once was. Below are a few links and resources on Hot Wells.
Hot Wells Hotel in depth history.
Resources Slide Shows and Hot Wells History
Post Cards from Hot Wells.
Hot Wells Video on youtube with commentary.
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