Hang onto your seats while we tour the site of notorious China Alley, where no other tour dares to go. You'll learn about the cleverly disguised opium dens of the 1920s, and about the mysterious and spooky tunnels under the downtown streets. Renee and Karen invite you to join us and our driver, Mr. Macabre, for a trip into the Twilight Zone--if you dare! We'll tell you tales of the dark side of Billings' past, of rumrunners and ghostly ladies of the night, of the murder of a policeman and Billings' one-and-only lynching.Most of the tours end with refreshments at a haunted local establishment where-- who knows?--some of the "ghosts" from Billings' dark past just might appear among the the tour group! Narrator: Karen Stevens author of "Haunted Montana" and "More Haunted Montana." Books and book signing will be available at the beginning of each tour.) Departs from the downtown Haunted Historic Dude Rancher Lodge. This tour can be adopted for conventions and small group outings any time of the year.
Dates for 2012: October 19th, 20th, 25th - 27th.
Times: 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm.
History about this tour:
In 1997 tour operator Renee Christiansen and librarian Karen Stevens combined talents to create what has become an annual tradition: Halloween ghost tours of downtown Billings. The three tours offered that first year sold out in a matter of hours and continue to sell out each year. Ghost tours are now the most popular type of tour in the USA according to the travel industry and in 2007 thirty tours were offered to satisfy the ever-growing fascination with ghosts. Each tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours and usually includes a stop at a genuinely haunted site along the way. The tours are updated each year as new haunting are discovered. Reservations are strongly suggested. These tours are best suited to adults and older children.
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Cost is $25.00 for all seats.
Family fun, best for ages 12 and up.
Tours Available 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm on October 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, and 31st.
Special Saturday Time of 2pm on Saturday 22nd, and Saturday 29th.
Cemetery Tales Tour
History is a etched in headstones. A tour of Mount View is a walk through Billings's history and so much more. Headstones provide symbols and clues about the deceased's life ideals and passions. Guests will learn how to decode the mystery of their ancestry through a graveyard tour.
During this unique tour, attendees learn about Victorian mourning and funerary costumes, headstone typology, and tidbits on who is buried in each cemetery. Attendees will also participating in a headstone rubbing. The tours, which last approximately two hours, take place at 2 p.m. Costing $20 per person.
This tour can be adopted for conventions and small group outings any time of the year.