Sunday, October 24, 2010

City of Alton Part 1: Ghost Tour Review

My Personal Take on Various Stops Along the Tour
(This post will be broken into 3 sections because of its length)
After reading about the Alton, Illinois: one of the most haunted small towns in America and writing about the tours offered, I was intrigued. The tours are actually offered almost year-round and offer more than just a Halloween scare. The tour company’s website is well developed and promised lots of local interest and history as well as few ghost tales reportedly based on eyewitness accounts. The idea is captivating and fun so some friends and I decided to book a tour. What could be better for the weekend before Halloween? So I took the tour and this is my account of it.

The confirmation of the guest’s reservation directs them to arrive early at the tour’s starting point: History & Hauntings Book Co. The book store offers a unique selection of historical books, paranormal tomes and fiction based on the supernatural. Hauntings and ghost stories can be found sorted by geographic location or by the type of phenomenon they contain. Historical references are primarily sorted by geographic region. Enthusiasts could be lost in the stacks for hours.

With check in completed, the tour began promptly at 7 pm. The party of 50 or so walked excitedly to the first stop, the Enos Sanatorium. Built in 1857 by Nathaniel Hanson, a farm implement manufacturer, the Read More
Watch for part 2 in a couple of days.