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Posted on: August 10, 2021

Main Street Program invites residents to share downtown ghost sightings

Historic old federal building with porch columns. Grayscale and fog effect applied to image.

PHOTO: The old federal building, 210 E. Constitution St. in downtown Victoria, was constructed 1911-1913. Tenants at the building have often reported a feeling of being watched.

A woman living in a historic home in downtown Victoria often hears footsteps going up and down the stairs—even though the staircase was removed years ago.

City of Victoria Main Street Program Director Danielle Williams says many residents have reached out to her with similar stories about the historic structures in downtown Victoria, ranging from unexplained sights and sounds to a simple feeling of being watched.

Now, the Main Street Program is inviting Victoria residents to share stories about their own paranormal experiences. The stories will be compiled into a map that residents and visitors can use to take a self-guided tour of haunted places downtown.

“Downtown is where Victoria began, and it’s full of history,” Williams said. “Generations of Victorians have lived and died here, and some are even buried in Memorial Park. We wanted to give residents a way to share their experiences with others who may want to go looking for ghosts or simply gain a fresh perspective on the history of Victoria’s downtown.”

Residents can submit their stories at www.victoriatx.gov/ghost-stories by Aug. 31. Williams plans to have the map ready in time for the Halloween season.

For more information about the Main Street Program, visit www.victoriatx.gov/mainstreet, call 361-485-3060 or visit Victoria Main Street Program on Facebook.

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