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The Driskill Hotel's Haunted Story

Southern Living logo Southern Living 10/7/2020 Valerie Fraser Luesse
a vintage photo of a city street: Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images © Provided by Southern Living Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Back in 1886, the elegant $400,000 Driskill, brainchild of Missouri transplant and cattle baron Col. Jesse Driskill, opened to much fanfare just as Austin was becoming a city on the move. Sadly, Driskill lost his fortune and had to give up the hotel shortly after it opened, but it would go on to host many inaugural balls for Texas governors and was the scene of a legendary first date between Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. As for the scent of cigar smoke where no one is smoking? Could be the colonel coming back to enjoy the hotel he built in his glory days.

a vintage photo of a city street: The Austin, Texas, hotel dates back to 1886. © Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images The Austin, Texas, hotel dates back to 1886.

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