Webb County 'Haunted Heritage' Exhibit
With Halloween just weeks away, there are now tours focused on the haunted areas in downtown Laredo like San Augustin Plaza. It's part of the Webb County Heritage Foundation. They have an exhibit featuring some of the most notorious legends.
"We are very lucky because we have such an older community. We have a lot of culture around here and sometimes people are not aware of it."
This is the third year of the haunted heritage exhibit. The myths and legends are displayed with pictures and a brief description of the most notorious tales of occurrences and unexplained phenomena. Garcia talks about the legend of the woman who drowned her children and says it's been passed down by generation.
"In the case of La Llorona, I think it was used to scare children not to go into the water."
Of the many myths and legends that are featured in the haunted heritage, probably the most well know is the chupacabra.
"It has been a ranching community for a long time. I think it's very interesting because people will find cattle or goats there without any blood."
Garcia says the appearance has changed over the years as the legend of the chupacabra gets embellished. He says first it started as an alien creature.
"It goes from being this mythical creature to maybe just being wild dogs."
A new feature the haunted heritage is offering this year which we had a chance to take part in is the ghost walk. We decided which place to go on the map and walked to San Augustin which is said to be built on top of an old cemetery. The radio given to us tells the story of the historic area and events happened in the area. Garcia says he thinks people will really enjoy this new addition.
"You can take your own pace. You can repeat the story as many times as you want."