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Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

explored & photographed by: Shady for Weird US

This place was really strange. I explored it for Weird U.S. while I was out wandering around digging up weirdness for the Weird Texas book that I co-authored for them, and I have no idea what it's actual name is, but everyone who told me about it referred to it as the 'Chinese Graveyard'...

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

There is a spooky urban legend surrounding the place; this is how it was explained to me by all the locals I talked to: they said to drive down this kind of lonely old road (at night of course) until you come to a curve after which you should slow down when you see a white cross (which is just inside the cemetery grounds) coming up on your left. You are supposed to pull up to the cemetery and totally shut off your car, including your headlights (and everyone says it is better to do this with your windows fully lowered, although most of them said they didn't have the nerve to try this more than once)...

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Then, you quickly flash your lights five times into the graveyard... and it is said that you will see ghostly white apparitions darting around inside the graveyard, and possibly even hear their disembodied voices calling out to you. Eeek.

When we finally rounded that curve and saw the place that afternoon, I was half expecting to see the apparitions right then and there, this place was THAT spooky-looking. And pretty strange too.

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

It's a very tiny cemetery, in fact it almost looked more like a fenced-off road. The white cross near the front gate stood out like a beacon, and a foreboding black wrought iron fence tipped with spikes (and edged with barbed wire) guards the place. The very first thing I noticed as soon as we got close enough to see it was the 'NO WITCHCRAFT' sign nailed to a tree inside the cemetery- bizarre. I have never seen anything like it before! It was quite odd to say the least. Why would anyone have a sign like that in a cemetery..?? Was it needed, was there a problem with high-witchcraft-traffic there before? Or did it used to be a place of sinister practices? What's with the sign?? We would have called for 'Info' like it says... but as you can see there was no number.

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

Chinese Graveyard, San Antonio, Texas

And the 'Never Mind Dog Beware Of Owner' sign with the big GUN on it was a bit disconcerting too. I was hoping we wouldn't get shot (for suspected witchcraft, perhaps?) This place was obviously a family graveyard, many of the graves had the same names on them... but still nothing to indicate why it would have the nickname 'Chinese Graveyard'... that one is still a mystery to me.

It was just the oddest place. The graves were all located along the edges of the plot, with nothing in the middle but what almost looked like some kind of gravel road. We also found some bones of indeterminate origin lying on the gravel, one piece was definitely a jaw bone as it still had a recognizable tooth attached to it. We didn't see anything ghostly while we were there, but then again, it wasn't nighttime. Either way, we didn't linger toooo long in this place, it was creepy and those signs just really made us nervous. 

Especially since we didn't know if we should be more worried about the person who put them up, or the people they were meant to turn away...?!

Once again, we wanna thank the Marks of Weird U.S. for the opportunity to check this place out.... *thanks, guys!*.... and be sure to check out the Weird Texas book for tons more stories/photos of Texas' strangest cemeteries (and all other kinds of Texas-style oddities!)

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