Texas Connects Us: ‘Lady Of The Lake' Origins in Dallas

Do you believe in ghosts?

The Lone Star State is full of old tales involving shadowy figures or strange, paranormal activity. And one of the most popular encounters involves Dallas' White Rock Lake.

"When it comes to haunted spots and all of the ghosts in the state of Texas, I think she's probably the crown jewel," said Nate Riddle, author of the book "Lone Star Spooks."

The stories about White Rock Lake started back in the 1930s when a couple driving down Lawther Drive stumbled upon a young woman, Riddle said.

"She's very friendly, she's a blonde woman who has a very southern, gentle voice," Riddle recounted from research. "She looks like she needs help, so they pull over and ask if they can do anything for her, and she just says, 'I'm trying to get to this location.'"

She was trying to get to Dallas' Gaston Avenue, less than a mile-and-a-half from the lake. The couple gave her a ride.

"And when they arrived, they looked in the back seat and she had vanished," Riddle said.

Astonished, the couple in the car decided to knock on the door at the home on Gaston Avenue.

"The man who opened the door was an older gentleman and he said it's not uncommon. They think it's a family member – a daughter potentially – that was trying to get home," said Riddle.

But who is she?

Articles from The Dallas Morning News show several women drowned at White Rock Lake in the 1930s and 1940s. One of them was 19-year-old Halee Gaston.

Does the name Gaston sound familiar?

"So her last name is Gaston, her cousins lived on Gaston Avenue and the story's started in the early 30s, so Halee Gaston is definitely one of the top contenders for who the 'Lady of the Lake' may be," Riddle said.

Like many of us, Riddle has never witnessed any paranormal activity at White Rock Lake, but he said it doesn't mean she's not there.

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