Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hot Wells Motel claimed to be haunted location

Hot Wells Photo San Antonio Texas
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.

Monday, May 21, 2012

My aunt who passed away two months ago.

In the early part of December my aunt was diagnosed with a rare disease which only a hand full of people have been diagnosed with. For the most part my memory doesn't serve me well but it was a disease which took her pretty quick. Its hard to think that going to the doctor to only hear the news that you only have a few months to live can be heart breaking which makings me wonder why anyone would want to know when your going to die. I sometimes wonder if not knowing is better or if knowing is better.

Needless to say her last days I would have to say were a lot more happier then she had ever had since most of our family had not visited her in years. I think back how sad it is that families only come together only when a love one passes. I can say when she passed she went peacefully. Keeping up with the them of this blog I decided to share an experience one my aunts had when she was out of town ready to go to Hawaii to spread her ashes. She fell sleep in the guest room when around 3am the old computer in the guest room turned on as well as the monitor.

My aunt the next day asked my uncle if he had used the computer that night and he smile and said no. In a way I think it was my aunt who had passed, had just sent a message to my aunt who was asleep that everything would be ok.

When they arrived in Hawaii the spread her ashes on a beautiful garden because if you knew my aunt she had an act for flowers which surrounded her country side home. My uncle told me that Hawaii for the most part is windy and for that moment when he spread her ashes the wind stood still for a moment to allow him to spread her ashes so that she could rest in peace.

Here is to you my aunt. We know you left with unfinished business. So my question to you. Do you think a love one who pass comes back to say their final fare well?