The Excelsior House

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This old hotel is said to be haunted by a headless ghost who roams the second floor. Another ghost lives here as well: a woman who wears black and carries a baby. It is said that the woman’s apparition has frightened many guests, including film director Steven Spielberg.

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    211 W Austin St
    Jefferson, TX 75657
    United States

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    32.7560324365678, -94.34579337063906
    Marion County, Texas
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    1. This hotel is known to have activity in certain rooms. I have stayed in the diamond Bessie suite and the J Gould room. This room is best known for the true account that Steven Spielberg stay there for his Sugarland express film and was frightened by activity in the room which caused him to move his entire crew to another town at 2 o’clock in the morning. I can say having stayed in this room that there definitely is paranormal activity there. Water in the bathtub turning off by itself, EVP phenomenon, etc..

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