When Gold Rush erupted in the mid-19th century, it prompted people to move west. With scant law enforcement in the towns that abruptly appeared throughout the U.S. expansion, there was plenty of violence. Violence leads to trauma and many researchers believe ghosts grow out of psychological stress. You're invited to join us for a ghost walking tour of historic San Antonio.
In 2003, I reserved a spot on a ghost tour in Toronto when I planned my trip to Torcon 3. This is my favorite thing to do when travel. As it turned out, the other reservation that evening bailed on the operator. Although it was great having all that personal attention, it really is more fun when there are more people around. In addition to ghost stories, we hear plenty of San Antonio's local history—albeit with a macabre focus. I eventually learned other Worldcon members had this overlapping interest, so it seemed worth booking a big group. Although this group tour is primarily being arranged for the convenience of LoneStarCon 3 (http://www.lonestarcon3.org/) members, all BAGH members are welcome to join us if they happen to be in San Antonio that day.
This is a 90-minute ghost tour takes visitors through San Antonio's most haunted sites. Guides perform in true storytelling format and is great fun for all ages. They will be dressed in period costume and holding lanterns, but tour-goers can also bring flashlights.
Cost of the tour is $13 in advance, $15 "at the door." We will be meeting in front of the Alamo and there should certainly be some ghost stories around that place. Organizers will have a BAGH sign and be wearing flashing ghost necklaces. BAGH organizers will be there by 8 p.m. to check in preregistered tour-goers. Tour will begin promptly at 8:30, so please don't be late.
Please be advised to dress accordingly for the weather. My past experience visiting San Antonio at this time of year has been hot and muggy. If any of you would like to try to collect EVPs, wear soft-soled, snug-fitting shoes—noisy shoes such as Uggs can interfere with any captures. Cameras are encouraged.