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Haunted Gold Rush city tours start this weekend

Mark Lyon will launch his 13th year of Haunted Grass Valley and Haunted Nevada City tours this weekend and continuing through October.
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What: Haunted Nevada City and Haunted Grass Valley

When: Haunted Grass Valley tours will be given Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and every Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. during the month of October

Haunted Nevada City Broad Street tours will be given every Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. during the month of October

Haunted Nevada City Chinese Quarter/Commercial Street tours will be given on the last four Sunday evenings during the month of October at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Haunted Grass Valley tours will depart from the Grass Valley Library at 207 Mill St.

Haunted Nevada City Broad Street tours will depart from 210 Broad St. (directly across the street from the National Hotel)

Haunted Nevada City Chinese Quarter/Commercial Street tours will depart from 315 Commercial St. (Commercial at York.)

Who: All tours are hosted by Mark Lyon from Nevada City

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Admission fee is paid at the tour location. Reservations are not taken. Guests need merely to show up at the tour location at the time of the tour.

Private tours may be arranged for other dates and times upon request.

Further information: 530-265-6877. Email: mlyon@hauntedisles.com,

Website: http://hauntedisles.com/walking%20tours.html

Although many believe the number 13 to be unlucky, the ancient Greeks, Israelites, Egyptians and pre-Columbian Mexican cultures all believed 13 to be an especially lucky number as do present day Chinese, Italians and Wiccans.

Although he claims to not be particularly superstitious, actor and creator of the Haunted Nevada City and Grass Valley historical walking tours, Mark Lyon, hopes that the number with be lucky for him as he looks forward to his 13th year of October ghost tours.

“When I offered my first tours back in 2004, I had no idea that I would still be offering ghost tours all of these years later or that this would grow to become three separate tours” recalls Lyon.

“I had been collecting and telling ghost stories all my life and merely thought it might be fun to offer a few tours that year combining history, true local ghost stories and a bit of street theatre. I have been both amazed and extremely gratified to see how these tours have been embraced by our community and have become a part of our local Halloween season tradition.”

Lyon will be offering his Haunted Grass Valley tour, which includes an extensive tour of the interior of the Holbrooke Hotel, on five nights this year. “The Holbrooke part of the tour has become especially exciting for me,” confides Lyon, “as, on a number of occasions, ghostly phenomena has actually occurred there during the course of my tours.”

As was the case last year, Lyon will be offering two separate Nevada City tours; a Haunted Broad Street tour on each Saturday night in October at 7:30 p.m. and a Haunted Chinese

Quarter/Commercial Street tour on the last four Sunday nights in October at 7:30 p.m.

“As I gathered new stories over the years and added them to my Nevada City tour,” Lyon explains, ”the tour gradually became far too long, especially for young children on what can often be very cold October nights.

“So I decided to split the tour into two separate tours, which allows me to still tell all of the stories without sacrificing any of the important details as well as to add some new stories,” he said.

For further information call 530-265-6877 or email: mlyon@hauntedisles.

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