This years Haunted Tour on Bike (Spooks and Spokes 2012) took place last Saturday evening. It was a smaller group but that only made it more intimate for everyone. We donned our costumes and gathered in front of the Pena’s home for the start of the haunted tour of Edinburg on bike.
Some of us had some interesting costumes while others simply went as is. The first stop is the Hillcrest Memorial Park. Why it is a park I don’t know but it is a cemetery. Make no mistake about that! By the time we arrived it was already dark and the little blood suckers were out scouring for a meal. After hearing some stories about the place including some that were close to home we moved on to the next destination.
Stephen F Austin Elementary school is one of the older schools in Edinburg and is believed to be haunted by a little girl roaming the hallways of the school. Many people who went to that school have personal tales of seeing the apparition and other strange sounds and happenings. Luckily nothing happened while we were there!
Moving along to the next stop is the old Citrus Theater in downtown Edinburg. This theater was built around 1945 its style is found throughout the Valley. What makes this interesting is that at the time of its heyday, local projectionist, Jerry Martinez had his personal experience with “Shadow People”. Jerry does a great job reliving the past with his story telling that is fun to witness.
The next stop was just around the corner at the Museum of South Texas History, the site of the old Hidalgo County Jail. This is the site of the first official hanging and one other death. Many employees of the old and new facility have heard voices coming from the upper deck when there was no one in the building other than themselves. Voices, strange noises, unexplained events makes this an exciting haunted site.
The following stop is the Chamber of Commerce which is the old Southern Pacific Railroad Station. Believe it or not, the Valley had several train depot such the one here in Edinburg, McAllen and Mission to name a few. Of course the train doesn’t stop here anymore and the buildings have been converted to other uses. Ghostly passengers, strange unexplained bells and music makes this an interesting site for all sorts of spooky stories.
By this time we were ready to head on back for the party but there was one quick stop at the Ebony Hills Golf Course and it’s canal where people recounted the same tale told in many different cultures of a woman killing her children in the river and dies on the spot with grief of what she had done and now haunts the river banks for all eternity. After spending some time in the fantastic moon lite sky, we headed on back for the PARTY!
Lots of good food, drink, wine, foreign beer, company made a great closure for a fun-filled evening of taking a haunted tour of Edinburg on bike.
I took some video with my GoPro Hero 1 on my helmet cam. It started out great but as the sun settled it doesn’t do too well at night. I did capture Jerry Martinez telling of his experience with shadow people while he worked as a projectionist. Video is dark but the audio is there.
The following video is the start of the ride combined with still pictures of the various sites. Take a look at it. If you hear a thump, that’s the helmet cam strap fluttering in the breeze. I finally stuffed the excess strap in the helmet vents.
Finally, here is a picture slide show for those that want a few pictures to browse through. Enjoy!
Hillcrest Memorial Park cemetery
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Hillcrest Memorial Park but really a cemetery