The Origin of Dungeon Of Doom dates back to the establishment of Arlington, TX in 1877. Citing the need for accessible water in central Arlington, Rice Wood Collins, a successful merchant, started a public well campaign in 1891. In response, the city drilled a well at the intersection of main and center streets. The well was drilled by Walter Sharp, who operated a water well drilling company. Mineral-laced water flowed from the well and it was believed to have medicinal qualities.

 

The city of Arlington proposed to Walter that payment for drilling the well would be investments in the city. Walter would take ownership of the town saloon as it stood atop and adjacent to the well. Walterʼs businesses would be passed down through generations, finally ending up in the hands of his nephew.

 

In 1951, the well was permanently capped due to the city’s growth and a handful of death certificates from the area that make mention of “Accidental Ingestion of Natural Toxins.” This led to the destruction and movement of many of the original structures. The old saloon was to be moved to the Sharp Family Estate in Red Oak, TX. Upon reconstruction of the saloon, workers began experiencing many unexplained actions. Several spoke of hearing laughter, screaming, pounding of walls and described nightmarish hallucinations.

 

It was to be later discovered that several people had died in the saloon as a result of drinking the poisoned well water.

 

FUN FACTS:

 

Opened in 1989. Original location was in the basement of the Arlington Art Museum.

 

Moved to Reindeer Manor Halloween Park in 2008.

 

 

WHERE TO FIND US

 

410 HOUSTON SCHOOL RD. RED OAK, TX 75154

 

Less than 25 minutes from Downtown Dallas

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The Origin of Dungeon Of Doom dates back to the establishment of Arlington, TX in 1877. Citing the need for accessible water in central Arlington, Rice Wood Collins, a successful merchant, started a public well campaign in 1891. In response, the city drilled a well at the intersection of main and center streets. The well was drilled by Walter Sharp, who operated a water well drilling company. Mineral-laced water flowed from the well and it was believed to have medicinal qualities.

 

The city of Arlington proposed to Walter that payment for drilling the well would be investments in the city. Walter would take ownership of the town saloon as it stood atop and adjacent to the well. Walterʼs businesses would be passed down through generations, finally ending up in the hands of his nephew.

 

In 1951, the well was permanently capped due to the city’s growth and a handful of death certificates from the area that make mention of “Accidental Ingestion of Natural Toxins.” This led to the destruction and movement of many of the original structures. The old saloon was to be moved to the Sharp Family Estate in Red Oak, TX. Upon reconstruction of the saloon, workers began experiencing many unexplained actions. Several spoke of hearing laughter, screaming, pounding of walls and described nightmarish hallucinations.

 

It was to be later discovered that several people had died in the saloon as a result of drinking the poisoned well water.