Downtown Nevada City ghosts subject of weekly walking tour |

Downtown Nevada City ghosts subject of weekly walking tour

Want to know the stories behind local haunted buildings?

Then check out actor/writer Mark Lyon’s new walking tours in Nevada City every Saturday in July and August when Lyon recounts stories passed down by area residents about ghosts haunting downtown historic buildings.

Stops during the 90-minute tour include the National Hotel, U.S. Hotel and Nevada Theatre.

Lyon decided to implement a “Haunted Nevada City walk” after observing a few such walks in Canada, London and Dublin during the past few years.

“Although I quickly found published accounts of a few Nevada City hauntings, most of the stories I will relate on the tour came as the result of asking local merchants if they had experienced anything ‘ghostly’ in their buildings and following up every possible lead. I was amazed at how helpful and forthcoming my informants were,” Lyon explained last weekend. “And, once I started publicizing the tour, I found that people started coming to me with even more stories!”

For Lyon, the tour is a return to familiar territory as he has studied ghosts and other forms of psychic phenomena, taught a university course in parapsychology and recounted ghost stories on television and radio programs. Lyon has also been published regarding his experiments on ESP and has investigated numerous hauntings here and abroad.

If the Nevada City walking tour is successful, Lyon will then consider launching a “Haunted Grass Valley walk” followed by writing a book on ghosts in both cities.

– Carol Feineman

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