Get Ready to Be Scared at One of the Oldest Haunted Attractions in East Texas
Halloween is almost here, and some truly frightening haunted houses are producing screams around East Texas, including Doc Wilkes House of Horrors located in Longview.
Prepare to be scared. This is the only haunted house I've personally been to, and it scarred me for life. I decided after that terrifying experience I would rather laugh instead of be frightened for my life running from a mad man with a chainsaw.
If you're into being scared, this is your haunted house. This is East Texas' oldest and longest running haunted attraction, and it's based on the true story of a mad doctor.
Open Fridays and Saturdays through the month of October, admission is $20. Specials are offered on various nights as well. Friday the 13th, you can take $2 off of general admission if you attend dressed as the character Jason.
From the legend section of DocWilkesHaunt.com,
Doc Wilkes was always infatuated about the study of “white noise” and what it could do to people... Between 1980 and 1981, Doc Wilkes set up a room that blocked out 99% of all external sound in his basement in Central Ohio and performed “white noise” torture on victims. By doing this he found that nobody can take more than 45 minutes alone in the room before they go insane, and when it's quiet, ears will adapt. The quieter the room, the more things you hear. You'll hear your heart beating; sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly. In his basement, you became the sound. Doc Wilkes came to realize that this was a very disorientating experience. Not stopping the madness there, Doc began to do experiments with the victim’s on their brains, hearts, and many other organs. Within the 2 years of Doc’s mad experiments, the local police got involved and finally caught on to the gruesome attacks, and Wilkes was put in the local jail where it is said that he committed 2 more killings before being moved to Granger Asylum in South Texas.
Granger Asylum was the home of over 2000 patients. As Wilkes sat in his 6x10 cubical for almost a decade he began to go even more insane. As years past and the decline of patients in 1991 the entire hospital closed their doors, and had to move their patients to another facility. It is said that on the move the bus Wilkes was being transported in crashed and caught fire… The remains of the people in the bus were unknown… Police and investigators searched the area for possible escapees, but nothing turned up, and the case was closed… Not knowing Wilkes had escaped…
Story has it that Doc Wilkes found the old abandoned trailers on 1228 Market Street, and that is where he died, but his body was never found. Now Doc Wilkes and his victims haunt the land. Local residents have reported hearing screaming and laughing coming from inside the trailers, but Police have been called to the scene and it’s a vacant building on the inside…
Legend has it that Wilkes opened his own personal practice hospital there “Doc Wilkes”, and it is only seen by the people HE wants it to be seen by, “the victims.” Over the years Wilkes used his “white noise” theory to perform hundreds of operations and radical experiments on victims in the abandoned building, and it is said that he buried the bodies in the center graveyard, and the victims walk the halls of the building still trying to find their way out. Who will be Doc’s next victim? He’s always looking for fresh meat….