From the looks of the cheery sign announcing Reeder’s Alley, boomer travelers would have no reason to expect that there are any haunted places in Helena, Montana. When Alan and I walked the streets of Reeder’s Alley and Last Chance Gulch with historian and author Ellen Baumler, we learned otherwise. Events from Helena’s mining history are fodder for the ghost stories that you’ll find in Ellen’s book Beyond Spirit Tailings: Montana’s Mysteries, Ghosts and Haunted Places. If your walking in Reeder’s Alley on Halloween night, don’t be surprised to hear the singing of canaries. Sorry, that’s all I’m saying. Read Ellen’s book to learn the rest of the story.
If you’re visiting Helena this weekend (October 26 and 27, 2012), don’t miss the Montana Historical Society Haunted Halloween Walking Tour. The tours leave every 10 minutes from behind the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 6-12 and are available the night of the event.
Disclosure: This travel experience was provided by Helena Tourism Improvement District. As always, the opinons are our own.
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