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The Story Behind The Tavern's Ghost Is Totally Freaky

Grand Old Austin Tour: The Tavern

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This week's stop on the Grand Old Austin Tour is The Tavern. As they say, you're never too far from 12th and Lamar, and it's actually a pretty regular haunt for me as I live pretty close by.

The Tavern has been a tavern (or some close approximation, including a stint as a bordello) for over 100 years, just about unbroken, since its conversion from a private home in 1916. Speaking of haunts, just like most places its age, The Tavern is said to have a ghost - and a pretty famous one at that.

Ghost hunters and tours roll through regularly hoping to catch a glimpse of Emily, the spirit of a young girl who hangs around the upstairs bar. I talked to the Tavern's longest-running regular Texas Tim (known as "the ghost guy") about Emily and got a bit more than I bargained for.

The tragic and scary story of Emily, and lots more on the Tavern, below.

 


 

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