Please note, this is NOT a tour designed to scare people.
After booking, prepare for a 1 ¾ to 2 ¼ hour experience. The experience is roughly 10% walking, 25% shuttle bus and 65% exploration/experience (this varies depending on group size). The Haunted Eureka Springs tour starts at our G.H.O.St. headquarters, located at 45 ½ B Spring St, under the Rowdy Beaver Den.
At headquarters, we will get an introduction and history as to why Eureka Springs, Arkansas is one of the most actively haunted towns in America. The book Haunted Inns of America mentions 4 in our small town (#2 in the nation) and all four are on our route, one of which we get to go through!
There is a reason why our town had more mortuaries and undertakers than any other city per capita. Here we also learn how to use modern as well as Victorian ghost hunting tools. Do not forget you can purchase your own EMF meter to use while on the tour.
Once we leave headquarters, we will share the stories of the Nelson Building, and a very short walk to the shuttle van.
Once on-board the shuttle van, we pass and discuss stories of interesting landmarks, such as the Basin Park, Civil War Hospital Cave, Carry A. Nation home and the Jailhouse Cave. We then ride down North Main Street and past the train depot where thousands of deceased bodies were shipped out in coffins.
Next, we pass and talk of Governor Powell Clayton’s haunted Crescent Cottage (a Haunted Inns of America listing). Then down to the Bridgeford House (a Haunted Inns of America listing) where we disembark and go into where we learn of the multiple documented hauntings and the missing treasure story associated with this unique and haunted house.
We board the shuttle again to head to a haunted cave where we do an ESP experiment with one of the oldest ghost hunting tools, a pendulum.
Boarding the shuttle again, we travel past the famous Crescent Hotel, St Elizabeth’s Church and some of Eureka’s most beautiful Victorian homes. We share the story of the haunted Palace Hotel in the heart of downtown where we disembark for our last bit of the walking tour. We walk approximately 500 feet to see the famous Eureka Underground. We share the legend of where Norman Baker from the Baker Hospital (currently called the Crescent Hotel) would secretly, and in the cloak of darkness, shuttle the corpses that resulted from his botched cancer ‘cure’ to the hidden entrance of a mortuary.
The tour returns to our headquarters, where we share the story of our own “Bermuda Triangle”. This is where we discuss the foiled bank robbery of 1922, bankruptcy, the tragic burning of the Ellis building and the sudden death of the beloved Dr. Ellis.
While back at HQ, for the grand finale in our “Portal Room” where our secret passage takes us into the famous haunted underground Catacombs for a unique adventure in ghost hunting.
We conclude as we get to use both Victorian era and modern ghost hunting tools to wrap up the festivities of the evening.
The tour is designed to minimize uphill climbing with most exploration being downhill. The walking distance is minor, but does include stairs. There are some sitting opportunities along the way, the final half hour of the tour will allow for bathroom, and outdoor smoke breaks for those that will desire that. As we are always trying out new things and adding new stories, the above is subject to change without notice.