Paranormal Scene investigates the Bender

As we sleep tonight, the Paranormal Scene crew is exploring the Bender Hotel.

The Paranormal Scene crew posted an outside photo of the Bender while they are investigating

In interviewing the workers when we toured during daylight hours, they claim to hear all kinds of bumps and thumps – but, only sensitive instruments can pick up more than the wind blowing a door shut.

As I have mentioned in a past post, the Bender Hotel is being renovated by its new owner. It was built around 1925 and Tom Wade of “Wake up Laredo” was kind enough to forward me a photo of a postcard found in the historic collection of the library:


Obviously, years of neglect have it looking very different than when first built. In a few months, I expect a big change since there already is the start of repairs on the balcony. It has been fenced off for quite a while to avoid debris hitting pedestrians walking underneath. A big “BRAVO” to Mr. M who has taken on the big challenge of getting the Bender back into shape. He also plans to have a small antique store which he’s already started stocking:

The upcoming antique shop - uh, I think these dolls scare me more than spending a night at the Bender would!!

I bet some of these dolls have their own stories! If you’ve got any from The Bender Hotel, I would love to hear them. For tonight, I will be resting comfortably in my bed but waiting to hear what the Paranormal Scene crew sees and hears on their latest adventure. Booooooooo…

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14 Responses to Paranormal Scene investigates the Bender

  1. Tom Wade says:

    Did you know the hotel across the street from the US Courthouse was where Lee Harvey Oswald stayed just a few days before he traveled to Dallas to assinate President Kennedy?

    Laredo has sooo much history, yet there is very little published and NO museum of any stature.

    I will show you some pictures of a museum in the small town of Independence Ks….population 17,000. They do not have near the resources of a Laredo, but have a great museum for their size.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My father used to tell us kids that his older brother and ELVIS PRESLEY stayed at the Menger Hotel once when Elvis was in the army and some of the guys wanted to come to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to party back in the 50′s. Yes..ELVIS the PELVIS! Talk about History if it is true. Unfortunately older bro died back in 80′s and dad doesn’t remember too much this days. Anyone here of Elvis in Laredo? A.P.

  3. alli says:

    My father used to tell us kids that his older brother and ELVIS PRESLEY stayed at the Menger Hotel once when Elvis was in the army and some of the guys wanted to come to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to party back in the 50′s. Yes..ELVIS the PELVIS! Talk about History if it is true. Unfortunately older bro died back in 80′s and dad doesn’t remember too much these days. Anyone here of Elvis in Laredo? AP

  4. Poncho1950 says:

    Thanks, QF, for the update on the Bender. And a big hand for Mr M and all those who, like him, are putting some sweat and cash equity into Laredo’s old town.

  5. rick78 says:

    If it is not concerning WBCA then the city government will not care. Laredo as above blogs mention has a very rich history and was founded way before the great white slaves owners fromed the USA. John Phillip Santos made a very nice story as such in the “Texas Monthly”.

  6. David says:

    Ill bet locals will be outpriced and
    have to seek housing across the bridge

  7. Everette says:

    Well if there is any history on Laredo, has anybody seen a small cemetery right across from LCC South? It’s right no Hwy 83 coming northbound in front of LCC South. There is big trailer on the side of the hwy used as advertisment and it reads something like “Brennan Brothers” or something. Anyways, there are about 12 to 15 gravesites in there dating back to the 1920′s, mostly children. That would be a good place to conduct a paranormal investigation. I wish someone had some information about that small cemetary.

  8. David says:

    I lived in the
    Bender for over
    a year. There
    was an abandoned
    room 13. I took
    a lot of pictures.
    The place was
    creepy but I
    never felt any
    bad energy. It
    had a warmth
    infact. I often
    wondered what
    was in the basement.
    I’m curious about
    the Western Hotel
    several blocks
    East. It is boarded up
    since I believe
    1979.

    • Que Fregados says:

      Not sure which one is the Western Hotel … but it must have been interesting to live at the Bender. The basement was a tunnel is all I know. I don’t think it is open anymore.

      • Anonymous says:

        I could have been a basement that leads to what is now the Federal building. I know that when the construction of the Federal building was going on, they were digging to make some lower levels for it and they came across some very old tunnels that must have been at least 20 to 25 feet deep. I hear the Federal building has pictures of those tunnels when the construction was in process. Would be interesting to check out.

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