Haunted History Of The Garvey In Amarillo Revisited With Video.
WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.
Amarillo is full of abandoned buildings and supposedly haunted sites. One of the most infamous is The Garvey, an old grain elevator that has a tragic and supposedly haunted history.
The Garvey Was Built In 1919
According to the Texas State Historical Association, construction on the building was started in 1919. Back then it was known as the The Great West Mill and Elevator Company.
The original owner of the building saw all of the wheat fields surrounding Amarillo and decided it would be the perfect spot for a flour mill. His goal was to rival some of the biggest names in the industry with his facility, and offer market flour at a cheaper rate.
It officially opened in 1920.
Ownership Of The Location Swaps Hands, And Swaps Hands Again
In 1951, General Mills took over. That would last over a decade before General Mills decided to shut it down. Changes in the flour market are what spurred the decision. That same year is when it was purchased by the owner of Garvey Elevators corporation. Now you know where the name comes from.
Explorers, Adventurers, And Rumors Of Something Sinister
Eventually The Garvey would become what we know it as today. It's an impressively large abandoned site that has beckoned to urban explorers and bored teens for years on end.
At some point, rumors of the place being haunted began to take hold. Tales of something sinister lurking in the shadows spread like wildfire. There's even the infamous "clown room" which has been the topic of many spooky conversations.
In fact, here's the first-hand account of a brave explorer named Freddy L. who found himself chased by something in the abandoned Garvey:
We went in and checked all the floors for people that could be in there. After checking and finding no one, we went to the top floor and started looking around. Well, we all ended up in a secluded part of the room. We started hearing really loud bangs and scratching.Being scared, we asked if anybody was there and the noises became louder. Once again we asked if anybody was there. Noises stopped and I went to check to see if there was anybody we didn't see before was up there. Nothing.The strength behind the pounding was unnatural, as well as how loud it was. I honestly don't think a person could have done it. Actually I'm sure a person couldn't cause it. It was the last time going in there and we left with hustle in our steps.
Tragedy Strikes At The Garvey
Tragedy struck in 2011 when a 20-year-old woman fell to her death while at The Garvey. She had fallen through a hole, and plummeted 80ft.
The owner of the property at the time was reportedly taking steps to ensure that the property could not be accessed. He was quoted as saying he would make sure that the property became inaccessible.
Off duty police officers were hired to monitor the property. Rumors of motion detectors and cameras took hold on message boards. It started to sound like The Garvey would soon be left undisturbed.
Some Rumors And Stories Are Better Left Alone
The Garvey is notoriously dangerous. As tempting as it would be to see the place for oneself, it isn't worth the risk. There are many hazards awaiting anyone foolish enough to venture inside.
This is one of those situations where the ghost stories and legends should just be left alone.