Museum of the Southwest

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Folks say the ghost of a former owner, who was murdered here before the mansion was turned into a museum, haunts the upstairs portion of the building.

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1705 W Missouri Ave
Midland, TX 79701
United States

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31.993215, -102.0924129
Midland County, Texas
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  1. I worked at the museum as a curator from 1983-86. My office was located upstairs in the room that would have been Mrs. Turner’s bedroom where she was purported to have been murdered. One night after a small event a staff member and myself were downstairs in the kitchen talking and we both heard what sounded like a huge piece of furniture or something similarly heavy being scrapped across the floor directly above us which was frightening not only because we knew no one was up there but because the floor was carpeted. We both looked at each other and ran out the back door. I called the local police and minutes later they showed up with a dog and went through the entire house but found nothing odd or out of place.

    Another night I had stayed late after another event and was leaving the house out the backway and walked out the driveway gate. As I turn around to lock it I noticed a light in my office window. I immediately panicked because I had no lamps in my office. Suddenly the light went out at which point I hurriedly quickly locked the gate, ran to my parked car across the street, drove the few blocks to my apartment, and called the police. We agreed to meet back at the house so I could let them in. Again they did a thorough search but found no one. After those two occurrences I never experienced any other again. I don’t believe in ghosts or any of that nonsense but I have no explanation for what I saw and heard. I remained truly rattled until I left in ’86.

  2. I am a current staff member at the Museum of the Southwest and over the course of seven years we haven’t had a single instance. While the death in the family is public knowledge, I hope guests can be mindful that members of the family are still active in our community. The historic Turner Mansion simply isn’t haunted.

  3. West Texas Paranormal  |  

    Lol he’s just denying it like most staff does. I’ve heard if you talk to staff about they will deny it or be rather rude about it

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