Bats Packed in Garza Plaza Walls

Flying rodents latest in oddities striking Cleburne landlord

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, Jun 2, 2011  |  Updated 3:20 PM CDT
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Bats Packed in Garza Plaza Walls

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by Bruce Felps

Weirdness just seems to hover over Frank Garza and his commercial property, Garza Plaza, in downtown Cleburne.

The building’s been the site of ghost sightings and other paranormal phenomena; someone stole the head off the mascot mannequin of tenant restaurant Garza’s Famous Chigo Hot Dogs; a book of photos from the 1800s was found upstairs then stolen and held for ransom — a demand of 100 free hot dogs from the Famous Chigo dog dispensary on Valentine’s Day.

Now, according to the Cleburne Times-Review, Garza Plaza’s been found to house hundreds, if not more, bats in the walls.

Good lord, what’s next? A vampire’s coffin?

Fire Chief Clint Ishmael spotted something amiss about the walls when he hung flags in downtown in preparation for Memorial Day events. In the newspaper article he said, after inspecting, the bats are “5 to 6 feet deep inside the walls, hundreds of bats.”

Building owner Garza shrugged his shoulders, maybe, told the reporter that several people had reported seeing bats flying around the building late at night, and perhaps did a little happy-dance inside at the thought of even more free publicity.

Bats in the belfry, indeed. This guy just might be bat-guano clever.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He wonders how those bats were trained — lured? — to roost there.

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