Austin, Texas Ghost Stories

Eanes Marshall Ranch - Haunted by L.A. Cargill

Haunted Eanes - Marshall School and Ranch House

Eanes Ranch front by L.A. Cargill
Front of Eanes Ranch House
Back of Eanes Marshall House by L.A. Cargill
Haunted back side of Eanes Ranch House
Eanes Ranch Sign by L.A. Cargill
Eanes Marshall Ranch House

Eanes-Marshall House

Interview With Bryon L., Austin, Texas by L.A. Cargill ©2013

Interview with Byron L. - Question: "Can you tell us some of your ghost stories regarding the Eanes - Marshall Ranch and Eanes School?"

Camping in the Storm:

"Between 1966 and 1969, long before any of us had to worry about work, cell phones or paying bills, me and a group of my friends ages 12-15, spent a lot of time at the Marshall Ranch - overnights and days.

If we were not going to camp overnight in the house, we tried to be away from there by sundown. Once (on a Friday night), four of us went there to spend the night knowing that a bad storm was blowing in.

We always slept on the bottom floor in the room with the fireplace. We put the bed frames against the doors in the room so the two doors could not be opened and the remaining beds frames were placed so that those people could watch the two windows.

We then slept in sleeping bags on the bed frames and we always built a fire in the fireplace to cook and provide light at night. We all carried our rifles back then out there.

That night we went to sleep and were awakened by footsteps on the floor above us. We yelled to come down or we would begin to shoot. The footsteps stopped. We yelled again and the footsteps began. We all began to shoot through the ceiling into the upstairs room many times. The footsteps stopped.

After a short while, they began again. We began shooting again and they stopped. This went on into early into the morning throughout a nasty thunderstorm. The next morning, we went upstairs and saw nothing other than the furnishings and our bullet holes through the upstairs floors.

The Marshall Ranch - when we were there, we always knew we were not alone and not only that, there was a feeling of MANY presences there--not just one."

Two story Eanes Marshall House by L.A. Cargill
The Eanes-Marshall Ranch House two stories
Old chimney at the Eanes School house by L.A. Cargill
The old chimney at the Eanes Marshall Schoolhouse

The Séance

"There was a séance that was held at the Marshall Ranch in 1966 producing the name Tom Burns, who had been murdered driving cotton into town at the turn of the century.

Supposedly, he was buried there at the Ranch by the creek and the grave was found and dug up and then closed again. Actually, the man's name was Morris Moore (or Maurice Moore) and my grandmother told me the story when I was very young.

Interviewer's note:

There is a discrepancy between the Byron L. anecdote and other historical information here. Bryon says the name of the wagon driver was Morris Moore (I could not verify this). Other records found during my research claim the wagon driver's name was probably Barnes.

"There is a hill named Morris Moore Hill west of the Marshall ranch about 2 miles (past Camelot entrance) on Bee Caves Road. The old timers out there all knew that, but it has probably been lost in history over the years.

I also knew the Roy sisters (sisters of Rob Roy of the Rob Roy subdivision there off Bee Caves). They lived on the corner there below where the NIKE missile base* radar used to sit up on the hill. They were older and never married. Both epitomized the idea of the Southern lady and they would always give me cat’s eye marbles when I would visit them with my Grandmother and Grandfather--just another interesting bit of Westlake history."

*NIKE Missile Base verified - 30°18'20"N 097°50'24"W

Old NIKE Missile Base - screen print from HP

Ghost Horses Pull a Wagon

"T. J., a good friend of mine, lived directly across Bee Caves Road from the ranch. He and his father told me it was not unusual for them to see strange foggy patches appear and cross the road at night.

They said that they could sometimes hear what sounded like a wagon with horses walking on Bee Caves Road at night. They would never go outside at night unless they stayed in a lighted area right around the house."

The Ghost of a Man and a Dog

"On another occasion, three of us went to the Marshall Ranch on an afternoon but did not plan to stay the night.

On the West hill above the house, we saw an older man wearing a worn cowboy hat and coat. He had a hound dog with him and was about 40 yards away. We saw him from behind, on a side angle and he did not seem to be aware of our presence although we were talking and such.

He disappeared over a ridge and we followed. A short ways away in that direction we came across a large cemetery but the man was gone. We looked all around, did not see him or the dog and left pretty quickly thereafter to get off the ranch before dark. Back then, the nearest highway was Bee Caves Road. That was a pretty strange sighting."

Interviewer's Notes:

These stories were told to me by Byron L. He asked me not to use his last name, but he did say that all of the stories were true, that he experienced these things, and he gave me permission to report his anecdotes about the Eanes-Marshall Ranch.

During other research into the Eanes-Marshal Ranch, I found many similar stories about the area. The sounds of horses pulling a wagon being the most prominent ghost story.

The story of the wagon driver being shot, killed and robbed appears to be a true. His grave was found by police in 1991. His death was chronicled in 1871, and his name was probably Barnes.

During the 1966 s´ance, the parapsychologists and psychic used auto writing (the spirit of the dead uses the psychic to channel messages) to produce a name for the dead wagon driver. The channeled hand wrote the name "Burns".

The original home was built in 1857. The remaining home was rebuilt at its present site. As far as I can find, the Eanes home is now the art studio for Bruce Marshall, a descendant of the original settlers.

Current Condition of the House

The Eanes-Marshall Ranch House is currently residing on the SE side of the Eanes School property. It is a small 2 story wooden ranch house with a wooden front porch and a tin roof.

To get there, go out Bee Caves Road from Austin past Zilker Park, Rollingwood and other developments and Eanes will be on the left hand side of Bee Caves Road-- you can't miss it --approximately 5 miles past Zilker Park, maybe closer, maybe further.

Turn left on the road just on the East side of Eanes School, Camp Craft Road. Go down and turn right on the second small road, Eanes School Road, onto the Eanes School property, then look to the right and you should see the ranch house.

Eanes School is now closed, so I am not sure if they ever completed the project to turn the ranch house into the local historical center.

I do know the ranch house was moved there as I visited there to take these photos and try to verify the interview.

To get to the Marshall Ranch itself, go back up onto Bee Caves Road and continue west a few miles, The Hills (a Spa or gym or something) sits pretty much where the Marshall Ranch began.

There are housing developments and such there now so not much to look at. Where the loop (Mopac) crosses Bee Caves Road, turn left on the loop headed south. That is pretty much where the Ranch was bordered on the north side; there is a shopping center there now with an Albertsons, Santa Fe Optical, etc.

The SW side of the Ranch pretty much ran almost if not all the way to Barton Creek. This place is spooky even in the day light. I recommend going with a friend.

Do a bit of local research and I am sure you can find the Eanes - Marshall School or House. It's probably haunted!

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