Yacht Club Hotel

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The historic Yacht Club Hotel, formerly named the Shary Yacht Club and the Port Isabel Yacht Club Hotel, is rumored to be haunted by friends of Olga Mae Keyhorn, daughter of iron mogul Theodore Keyhorn II. Olga’s friends Telly and Mary were on a yacht in the 1920s when it caught fire, killing everyone on board. Olga had retired to the hotel early instead of remaining on the yacht, and was devastated to hear the news the next morning. Not long after, Olga was visited by the spirits of her two friends, who assured her they were OK and that they would talk later, but then they vanished. According to police investigations, the ghostly couple appeared to at least two others on the premises as well, and to this day, Telly and Mary still continue to appear from time to time.

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700 N Yturria St
Port Isabel, TX 78587
United States

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26.0769742, -97.21359960000001
Cameron County, Texas
Nearest Towns:
Port Isabel, TX (0.4 mi.)
Laguna Heights, TX (2.5 mi.)
South Padre Island, TX (3.6 mi.)
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  1. During the early 1970’s, the hotel was condemned and in ruins. As children, we played inside that building. One day we heard a piano suddenly start playing. We all ran off never to return.

  2. I stayed in this Hotel in the mid-1990s with my girlfriend. As soon as I got in bed for the evening I felt several distinct taps on my shoulder. I felt exactly like someone standing behind me tapped me on my shoulder to get my attention. My friend was next to me so it couldn’t have been her.

    While I slept that night, I dreamt that someone was murdered in that room and I saw a very clear picture of where he or she was buried in the dunes on South Padre Island.

    That was the only haunting-like event I ever experienced. I asked at the desk the next morning if any of their guests had ever reported any strange happenings in that room. The clerk said no. I don’t remember the room number, but it was on the ground floor on the right side facing the building.

  3. Me and my friends snuck into the yacht club one night after it got shut down and I snapped a picture and this is what I got. You can see a black shadow standing in the back of the lounging area.

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