Maxdale Bridge is well known by all locals to be the #1 haunted destination in the area. More than one high schooler has challenged one another to brave the bridge.
Supposed ghost sightings have included witnessing corpses hanging from the bridge, ghosts walking about with limps,
One story is that a school bus of children perished on the bridge, and if you honk your horn, you will witness your car windows fogging from their breath against the windows.
The Maxdale bridge became a historic landmark in 1990, where its inscription reads:
In July 1913, the Bell County Commissioners Court, in response to repeated flooding in this area, approved construction of a bridge at this site to provide access to Killeen for residents of the Maxdale Community. Before it was completed, however, the bridge was destroyed in a flood. The Bell County Commissioners Court contracted again with Hess & Skinner Engineers, agents for the Missouri Valley Bridge Company, to build this bridge. Completed in 1914, the Maxdale Bridge employs a Parker truss design, which allows for maximum strength at mid-span.
If you choose to visit the bridge, however, please be respectful of the dead. Hopefully, they will return the favor.
Elvis Presley’s House
There aren’t any stories online about this ghost sighting that I know of.
But I have seen the picture personally.
It’s a picture of a faint, white, silhouette in the living room of the rock and roll pioneer’s former home when he was stationed at Fort Hood in the 1950s. It was taken by the then owner.
The home is now owned by a private family, so please don’t disturb their peace. But is it possible that the King still lives?
Hill Country Ghost Hunters
Below is a YouTube channel with 8 videos from a group styled the “Hill County Ghost Hunters”. They have 8 videos purporting to show active hauntings in the Fort Hood / Killeen area.
Their videos abruptly ended 7 years ago.
Perhaps their investigations went too far…
Ghosts of Killeen
So I was outside Buffalo Wild Wings in Killeen last year after watching the Cowboys whoop on some sorry wannabe team (hopefully the Eagles) when I saw this parked outside!
I went and looked it up and sure enough, there is a book you can buy on Amazon! (Note: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Not only that, but there are multiple books on ghosts in our area. Who would have guessed?
Now, I haven’t read either, and do not vouch for them or the contents. But if you wanted to get serious about ghost hunting in Bell County, Texas, these would seem like the places to start.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
So this did not happen in Killeen.
But the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed just 30 minutes away in Round Rock, TX.
More, the home that the film was shot in still exists. It was moved from Georgetown to Kingsland, TX.
There, it operates as a diner, the Grand Central Cafe, serving little old ladies brunch after church in the same room that Leatherface’s family dined.
You have to drive some lonely, winding, Hill country roads to get there, though….
If you’d like to know more about the true story Texas Chainsaw was based on, read further here!
I never would have guessed there is such a rich (and published!) ghost tradition within the history of the Killeen / Fort Hood.