Moms and Money: Haunted History Tour

People listen to spooky stories on the Haunted History Tour in downtown Springfield.
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 7:35 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Saturday nights in downtown Springfield bring out hundreds of people. The Halloween season is luring people to the city center for a different reason.

‘So during the haunted History Tour you walk about a mile, it takes about an hour. It’s just through the downtown streets. It focuses on not only history but some of the spooky stories that we’ve heard over the years,’ Said Charlotte McCoy, the Business Manager for the History Museum on the Square.

Our first stop on the tour brought us to the spot of America’s first quick draw duel involving Wild Bill Hickok.

“Springfield started before the Civil War and was incorporated in 1838 and right here, everything happened on the square,” said McCoy.

Our tour takes us to Patton Alley, which 150 years ago, was the site of a Doctor’s Office during the Civil War. Legend has it there are 60 spirits who still occupy the space.

“The Gillioz is is another theater. The Landers is another theater. You see the Calaboose, which is the oldest city-owned building, still working today as the police museum,” said McCoy.

As we wander through the city and hear the ghostly tales, our imaginations run wild.

“I mean, everybody’s got a story. So whether it’s at your own house, or hopefully they went on this tour and then went back and told someone about the Trolley’s ghost and they’re like Oh, yeah, my friend works there. And this is what they heard,” said McCoy.

It’s a way for legends to live on, being passed down, from one generation to the next.

“So it’s not only history, but it’s learning the culture, seeing the past, good bad and ugly and how can you improve for the future,” said McCoy.

The Haunted History Tours run through October 30th on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30 to 6:30. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members of the History Museum on the Square. Click here to buy tickets.

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