Is Chalk Hill Road haunted?

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Photo of Eagle Ford School by Rachel Stone

Chalk Hill is a humble little road of blue collar homes, trucking terminals and warehouses. It crosses Interstate 30 in West Dallas, and it backs up to Lowe’s.

Chalk Hill Road has come up a lot lately in discussion of the planned Chalk Hill Trail. And it came up about a month ago when I posted the above photo of the Eagle Ford School, which is famous as the elementary school where Bonnie Parker was a student. I snapped that pic on my West Dallas bike route; I ride up Chalk Hill Road about once a week. Aside from your typical knucklehead driver now and then, it’s never given me any problems.

But every time Chalk Hill Road comes up — every time — I am admonished to stay away.

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Chalk Hill Road, they say, is haunted.

An Advocate reader twice has advised avoiding Chalk Hill: “It’s known as dead man’s road,” he says.

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One Oak Cliff native told me the old school was known for devil worshipers, an urban legend (or is it?) that I’ve been able to corroborate at every turn.

A friend who I respect and admire told me a story about driving on the road as a teenager in the mid 1990s. Her car died right in front of the old “devil worshiper” school. Just as she and her friend got the car started again, the hood flipped up on its own. Clear and compelling evidence of the power of Satan, or haunting or something, right?

Rosemary Cortez, who attended kindergarten at Eagle Ford School the year before it closed, told me at the Chalk Hill Trail meeting last week that the school has a basement, and that’s where the bathrooms and water fountain were. She grew up on Chalk Hill Road and has always heard the school was haunted.

Chalk Hill Road is part of the old Cement City, where dust and fumes from three big cement factories were part of every day life for generations. It is part of what city leaders in the 1960s were referring to as the “Dallas West slums.”

The narrow Chalk Hill Road crosses railroad tracks, and it meets West Davis just where car traffic begins to descend a steep hill. Over the years it has seen many fatal car accidents. A man’s truck was hit by a five-car Amtrak train in 1977 and pushed almost 2,000 feet. In 1950, a 22-year-old woman was crushed to death on Chalk Hill Road while trying to push her stalled car uphill.

Dead bodies have been found there. In the 1960s, police found a shotgun victim off Chalk Hill Road; they estimated the man had been dead at least a month. Motorists found a suspected drug dealer who had been shot to death on Chalk Hill Road early one morning in 1991.

Those are just a few examples. So, yeah, OK. There have been some dead people on Chalk Hill Road.

But is it haunted? Should we say a prayer and carry rosary beads over there?

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Tell us your story about Chalk Hill Road in the comments.

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  • Becca Natal

    My Grandparents lived in Arcadia Park, one night in the 80’s my Mother was driving my
    Grandmother home coming from Ledbetter and using Chalk Hill as a short
    cut. Bear in mind, back in the 80’s the road was poorly lit, even more
    poorly paved and was commonly used for the dumping of trash, stolen cars and
    the occasional body. As they were driving toward Davis, both of them saw
    a smoky, humanlike figure move in front of the car. Mom swerved to
    avoid it and it moved to match. The car went through the figure and they
    continued home both very frightened. In another instance, my father says
    he was once followed by an old 30s-40s style truck that disappeared when
    walking from Arcadia Park to Ledbetter after paying a visit to my mother
    in the 70s. An Aunt of mine also says she saw a UFO out that direction
    around the Chalk Hill and Davis intersection. Personally some cousins and
    I went on an expedition deep into the heart of the old cement factory property
    (Stephen King’s The Body style) after we had heard that there was a
    cemetery in the woods. We walked through
    the creepy ruins of Cement City that were mostly just foundations at that point,
    explored the factory, and followed the broken roads until we found it. No ghost sightings but was an awesome adventure. Now every time I go home and see how the area
    is developed and there is barely anything left of those woods I actually get a little upset.

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  • Katrina Cuevas

    Eagle Ford was Bonnie Parker’s old school.

  • Victor Vasquez

    All I know is that there ia an Eagle Ford Cemetery behind where the AT&T building is at…Its sad that they have no respect for the cemetery.

  • Ronny L Wilson

    I HAD HEARD YEARS AGO THAT IF YOU SAT BY THE ROAD LATE AT NITE YOU COULD SEE PEOPLE CROSSING THE ROAD BUT THIS WAS A LONG TIME AGO BACK IN THE 60’S WE USE TO RIDE OUR CYCLES IN THE HILLS ACROSS FROM THE SCHOOL………I CANT FIND IT NOT BUT I HAVE A OLD PHOTO OF THE SCHOOL WITH THE TEACHER AND CLASS PHOTO FROM ,,,,,IF I REMEMBER CORRECT 1952 …..I UPGRADED MY COMPUTER TO WINDOWS 10 AND CANT FIND ALOT OF THINGS …..I HAD POSTED THE PHOTO ON THE BOOMERS SITE MARY MIGHT KNOW WHERE IT IS IN THE OLD PHOTOS

  • amber lopez

    An old friend of mine drove me to that school one night and told me the story of how it was haunted. He said the craters in the ground that surrounded the school (at the time he told me it was a satanic church) was where they found hundreds of bodies of people who had been sacrifice to the devil. He also pointed out that if you pay close attention to the front door the design of the blue going down the middle of the door, and the white going a cross you can see an upside cross on the door. Every night I drove down that street past that building I always got a chilling feeling down my spine. I even heard from an ex that him and his friends actually walked up to the door one night to touch it as a dare, and as soon as they hit the top of the stairs they saw lights from inside turn on.

  • Juan Angel Navarro

    I once had a valve movements on Chalk Hill rd. It was terrible. The tamales from Pepe’s really did it this time so I pulled over because of a shard…….anywho it just so happened that the spot I pulled over on was right infront of the old school but I was like this will have to do. As i relived myself from the feces I heard a sound come from the gate or was it the bushes? anyways as soon as I heard that noise I said,” to hell with this I’m out of here!” true story yall.

  • Donna Little

    In the early 70’s it used to be the Dallas Moose Lodge. I used to be a member and was there all the time.

  • Maria Contreras

    All I read is true. My grandmother has a house on Dwight I have an uncle that went to that elementary school to do demonic things with other people. I also had scary experiences happen to me. My husband worked at lowes and we only had one vehicle so everyday I had to take him and pick him up at work. One morning around 4am we saw someone in dark black walking on the road and as we came close to that person it was gone by the time we got to passing the school. On my way back from dropping off I got so scared because I’m at the red light on Davis and Chalk Hill Rd and I see a man sitting on the very back seat of my van. The moment I see him I turn on Davis and got home to parents screaming that there was a man in my van but my dad didn’t see him. Then one late night my family and I were going home and my husband was driving I saw a man crossing the road in front of the vehicle and I thought my husband hit him because I saw this bright light come after the impact and I’m screaming and crying because I couldn’t believe that we hit this person. I’m in shock my sister is r trying to calm me down but her and my husband just couldn’t. We go to my parents house and I get out crying and screaming and I keep telling my husband you ran him over don’t you see all that blood and everyone was light there is nothing there on the van. All I can remember after that is very little because everyone told me I wasn’t myself after. Until this day no one talks to me about what happened to me. I seen ghosts and scary things happen on that road that can’t be explain. Ever since that happened I don’t go on that road I avoid Chalk Hill Road.

  • Rachel Stone

    Not to my knowledge, although I think it may have operated as a school at two different times.

  • Carole Patterson

    Did the building ever operate as anything else after the school closed?

  • Velma Martinez

    We lived on Chalk Hill Road in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Our house had a white picket fence, saint augustine grass and roses that my Dad planted for my Mom, it was idyllic. We always heard that the railroad tracks were haunted, we never experienced anything paranormal but I was always uneasy in our backyard even when the back door was open I always felt someone was watching me. The only strange experience we ever had there was when we woke up one morning and there was a Native American man asleep on our front porch with bags of groceries and broken eggs all on our porch. He thought his sister lived there. The police made him wash off our porch and sent him on his way.