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Haunted Austin (TX): History and Hauntings in the Capital City (Haunted America) Paperback – September 1, 2010


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  • Series: Haunted America
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609490401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609490409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evil2win on September 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Plumer serves the reader well in 'Haunted Austin' by not just merely "telling ghost stories", but by delving into the history of the events surrounding the reputed hauntings in Austin, Texas. It's a fascinating look at how history is so interwoven into a city's culture and how it still might be playing itself out in current times. From such renowned haunts as the Driskill Hotel to more off the beaten track locations 'Haunted Austin' will serve as a delightful read for those curious about one of the most haunted cities in America. The book may also assist as a sort of primer for the budding paranormal investigator looking for their next spot to stir up some past residents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Kirk on August 27, 2011
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We visit Austin each year while I am at convention. We have not yet taken the "Haunted Austin Ghost Tour" but wanted to get some information about the paranormal experiences there. This is a GREAT read!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. McMillian on September 24, 2010
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The very premise that ghosts remain because of life and not because of the shock of sudden death is what sets Jeanine Plumer's Haunted Austin: History and Hauntings in the Capital City apart from other books of its ilk. Rather than relying on psychic impressions of haunted sites or simply parroting urban legends one can readily find online, Ms. Plumer's well-researched work comes from exhaustive interviews, first-hand accounts and personal experiences. As founder of Austin Ghost Tours, she knows how to find the nugget of a tale and retell it in a way that rings true. Her emphasis on the importance of historical research adds useful relevance to each chapter, particularly The Confederate Women's Home and the Ghost Wagon of Westlake. While there are no ghosts associated with the crime, nevertheless, her account of the Servant Girl Annihilator walks a fine line between detached reporting and one who cries out for justice for the victims. Yes, there are the iconic Austin haunts here: The Capitol Building and The Driskill Hotel, but the author also includes lesser-known stories such as Austin Pizza Garden and Moonshines Patio Bar & Grill that involved personal experiences, those of the buildings' staff, her Austin Ghost Tour guides and tour guests. When you're ready for more substance than the usual sensational ghost stories of bigger-than-life Texans, pick up Haunted Austin: History and Hauntings in the Capital City. You'll learn that most of the ghosts in Austin are regular, everyday folk still doing their best to "Keep Austin Weird."
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Austin, Texas like any other historic and big, capital city has it's fair share of paranormal activity. Jeanine Plummer describes the paranormal activity of some historic buildings and places in and around the capital city of Texas. She writes interesting tales of tragic lovers, murder victims, assassins, and ordinary people. What do they have in common? Their "spirits" are still around Austin! Ms. Plummer in each tale also gives a great history lesson from how Austin was sacred burial grounds to the native Indian Tribes to Austin as an independent capital of Texas, Civil War Austin, and up to the present day. There are more than a few buildings in Austin that are way over a hundred years old and Lmost every one has a "haunting" story to tell. A lot of these haunting a in Ms Plumer's book are just mischievous spirits that like to have some fun like turning on and off lights, moving things, and making noises. Other spirits are more serious and have contact with the living...and Ms. Plumer's stories highlight these very well!
The last chapter though is about a serial killer in Austin in the 1880''s and is a good true crime mystery. This is a really good little book about the paranormal in and around Austin and is recommended to anyone who wants to know more about historic Austin and it's ghosts!
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