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Miss Molly's Bed & Breakfast
Haunted Place — Miss Molly's Bed &
109 W. Exchange Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76106
___ web site Toll Free (817) 626-1522
Miss Molly's Bed & Breakfast can be
found in the historical Fort Worth section, on West Exchange
Avenue, near North Main Street. It is only about a block or so,
west of the old Fort Worth Stockyards, and the old Amerisuites
This vintage, blast from the past,
western-themed, 8 room bed and breakfast is located upstairs, above
the Fort Worth's Star Cafe, which is on the ground floor. Going up
the stairs from the street, one enters the entry area and the
charming parlor & "eatin'" rooms.
There are a total of nine rooms; with 8
rooms for guests, uniquely decorated with western themes, and the
private quarters of the owners. Each room has its own unique
western decor, displayed in an attractive manner, letting the guest
see life in another era.
Rooms: COWBOYS * MISS JOSIE'S (Madam of the
1940s) * MISS AMELIA'S (straight-laced proprietor of
1920s-30s) * CATTLEMEN'S * RODEO * GUNSLINGER * RAILROADER.
In its very beginning, several factors came
together for the good of the city of Fort Worth, in the 19th
century. There was an abundance of wild, longhorn cows on the
plains around the Fort Worth area, left over from another time,
whose former owners were long gone. These cows just waiting to be
rounded up and claimed by enterprising cowboys. Money was to be
made, because these cows would sell for as much as 50 dollars a
head up north. So, Fort Worth began its livestock industry,
becoming the starting point of the well traveled Chisholm Trail,
that brought many a herd to northern markets, before the railroads
came through town.
The coming of the railroad brought huge
growth to the stockyards, and even more prosperity to Fort Worth.
Livestock no longer had to walk to market, and kept their weight,
becoming more valuable. Buying and selling of livestock at the Fort
Worth Stockyards increased because of the access to the railroad as
Fort Worth became cow and livestock
central, resulting in a load of wealth, prosperity, and an
appreciation for not only the cattle, livestock business, but for
the people who made it all possible! By the turn-of-the-century,
Fort Worth offered 37 saloons, 17 blacksmith shops, 24 wagon yards,
six hide dealers and seven barbers, large-scale stockyards and
supporting livestock businesses were built at the other eastern end
of Exchange Avenue, and large areas, east of N. Main Street.
Eventually, a rodeo stadium also made its home in the stockyard
area, which is still busy today.
A tremendous business boom, fueled by the
lucrative livestock and meat packing successes, had money flowing
into Fort Worth for a very long time, until the later part of the
The need for a proper, classy boarding
house was great in 1910, so this building, currently the home of
Fort Worth's Star Cafe, and Miss Molly's, was constructed, becoming
an up and coming boarding house, The Palace Rooms.
Fifteen to twenty years later, during
Prohibition, it changed hands and was renamed, THE OASIS, complete
with a speakeasy for illegal drinking, something much appreciated
by its clientele. Sometimes, the authorities looked the other way,
and speakeasies were allowed to exist. (Wabasha
Street Caves * National
Pastime Theater * County
Line BBQ Restaurant)
By the 1940s, this once high class boarding
house had sunk down several notches, becoming a bordello, The
Gayatte Hotel, sexually servicing cowboys, others in town who were
involved in the livestock business, and perhaps more shadier people
of the time. Some not so nice folks were entertained here, with
dire consequences for some of the women employed in this
When the Texas government finally stopped
tolerating prostitution, the people involved here were probably
busted, and the building was put back into the real estate market.
New owners renovated the building and started the Fort Worth's Star
Cafe on the ground floor, and turned the upper stories into a bed
and breakfast, Miss Molly's, both legal ways to make a living.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Before the discovery of vaccinations, many
children fell victim to such killers as typhoid, polio, small pox,
measles, whooping cough, and diphtheria. (Bullock Hotel * Saint Mary Louise Hospital * Collingwood Art Center)
Other children died from dumb kid accidents. (Robert E. Lee Mansion * Meade Hotel * Kehoe House)
Despite some that claim that prostitution
is a victimless crime, the business of prostitution has
historically been both a risky business for women; (Wyoming Territorial Prison * White Eagle Pub * O'Henry's Roadhouse Building * Baraboo Inn), and a cause of suicide among these
fallen angels; (Copper Queen Hotel * The Queens Hotel * Birdcage Theater).
"Miss Molly's is considered one of the most
haunted buildings in Fort Worth, and one of the most active
paranormal sites in Texas." All the rooms, including the private
quarters of the owners have experienced paranormal occurrences.
Full-bodied apparitions: Intelligent
contact with people.
An entity of a young girl of 8 or 9 years
old, who was a former tenant, perhaps a victim of disease or
accident, has appeared to the owners in their private rooms.
A visiting reporter woke up in the middle
of the night, to see an entity of an alluring blond sitting on the
edge of his bed, perhaps eying him seductively.
The full course of paranormal activity has
been experienced by both the staff and guests.
Unexplained shadows and cold spots have
been reported by the living.
Unexplained aromas of perfume or toilet
water, can be experienced in the rooms and hallway areas.
Guests and staff experience the unexplained
disappearance of belongings and items, which appear again in odd
places, or are moved back to where the item was supposed to be in
the first place.
Toilets, doors and lights have a mind of
their own: Toilets flush themselves, lights turn themselves off and
on, unlocked doors are blocked by an unseen force from opening.
An entity sometimes believes in tipping the
people who clean the b and b rooms. Apports in the form of coins
have appeared in rooms that were just cleaned. When this happened
to a former bu-spreadsheetsInnkeeper, she decided that she had had enough, and
quit her job.
As this building is proven to be a haunted
place, many paranormal investigation groups come here to gather
info and experience, including the Texas Christian University's
paranormal activity class, who does so on a regular basis. The
entities who remain in this building apparently are not shy in
making contact with the living, especially males. The owners of
this haunted bed and breakfast have on display in the common living
areas, copies of unusual photos, tape recordings of EVPs, and the
results and conclusions of the various investigators, for all to
I looked up on line the investigation of
Miss Molly's Bed and Breakfast, conducted by Texas Paranormal
Advanced Research Team (TEXPART) in 2008. The full account of their
experiences and data that they gathered of paranormal occurrences
can be read on line at their web site: texpartparanormal.com.
TEXPART hit the mother-lode! Various
members, some with psychic abilities made contact with entities who
were prostitutes, from the 1940s-1950s era. Some had been murdered,
and one had died of a lung disease. The psychic person would feel
on his own body where the deadly blow was given or knife point
entered the entity, and felt pain in his lungs, indicating the
cause of death of one entity.
Some didn't know that they were dead, but a
few did, and knew what year it was, 2008. One was longing to see
her daughter, who was being raised by her grandparents
All the men in the investigation team were
touched by unseen hands, especially in room 4. One entity ran her
fingers through a male investigator's hair. Another rubbed another
investigator's leg. Arms and cheeks were touched, cold spots were
felt, and one investigator actually walked through an unseen
entity. Interesting EVPs were picked up, and shadows were seen.
Several entities are still there for
various reasons. Some don't know that they are dead, and others are
unable to find rest and go on to the other side.
texas-on-line.com * texpartparanormal.com * missmollyshotel.com
Encyclopedia of Haunted Places, by Jeff
Belanger, Published by Career Press, 2005