October is the month for ghouls and ghosts and all things spooky. What better way to get into the Halloween mood than to take a ghost tour? I’m talking real ghosts, in places where people claim to have experienced apparitions. We’ve dug into our archives and found three ghost tours that we’ve taken over the past few years in Midwest cities. Although we haven’t seen or heard any ghosts, the stories we heard on the tours have me believing.
Alton Hauntings Walking Ghost Tour
Alton, Illinois, is billed as one of the most haunted small towns in America. It isn’t surprising since, during the Civil War, thousands died in a Confederate prison here. The Confederate prison site, where only one wall remains, is a stop on the Alton Hauntings Walking Ghost Tour.
Our guide, Len Adams, also led us down dark Alton streets to an underground room in a former Underground Railroad station. Like many buildings in Alton, the room is made of limestone. Limestone absorbs energy due to its high quartz content. Len explained that with heightened emotions associated with the Underground Railroad, the energy of slaves who were hidden here remains absorbed into the limestone long after their bodies are gone.
Read more about the Alton Hauntings Walking Ghost Tour here.
Pythian Castle Ghost Tour
The Knights of Pythia fraternal organization built Pythian Castle in Springfield, Missouri, in 1913. The castle served as an orphanage and a retirement home. In 1942 the military took it over to use as a service club. However it was also rumored that German Prisoners of war were kept in basement cells.
Two women, a mother and daughter, own the castle now, and it didn’t take long for them to realize they don’t live there alone. Some of the castle’s former guests never completely left, including a little boy and some German soldiers.
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On our tour we walked through a steam tunnel, which was just a few feet wide. Down in the dungeon, where the German soldiers were supposedly kept, my husband walked through a cold spot and the hair on the back of his neck raised. He looked around to see if there was an air duct or fan nearby. There wasn’t.
Read more about the Pythian Castle Ghost Tour here.
Marshall Carriage Company Ghost Tour
We climbed aboard a black horse-drawn wagon for a ride through the streets of Marshall, Michigan, on the Marshall Carriage Company Ghost Tour. We stopped outside several homes where our guide told captivating stories of paranormal activity in those homes.
The highlight of the tour was a ride through Oakridge Cemetery, where some graves date back to the 1700s. As the horses clippety-clopped through the cemetery, Brian told us about ghost sightings near tombstones. Sightings include a fugitive slave holding the hand of a young girl and a young woman dressed in 1980s clothing who often walks through the cemetery and then disappears.
Read more about the Marshall Carriage Company Ghost tour here.
Have you taken any ghost tours?
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Disclosures: Our Alton Hauntings walking ghost tour was hosting by the Alton Convention & Visitors Bureau and Alton Hauntings. Our visit to Pythian Castle was hosted by the Springfield Missouri Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pythian Castle. We received complimentary tickets for the Alton Hauntings and Pythian Castle tours and a deep discount on the Marshall Carriage Company tour. However, any opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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