The ghosts of Nevada City |

The ghosts of Nevada City

Who knows what spooky encounters guests might face when Lyon starts up his fifth season of tours Saturday in which he relates true stories of the ghosts said to haunt the downtown area of Nevada City. You never can tell what unexpected event might occur on Mark Lyon’s, Haunted Nevada City walking tours.

“When I first started offering the tours,” Lyon says, “I thought the possibility of experiencing an actual paranormal occurrence in the course of a tour to be rather remote, but time has proven me wrong. One night, for example, a guest on the tour sitting in front of the New York Hotel was startled to hear a frighteningly loud bang emanate from the display window behind him. Then every light in the previously darkened building immediately turned on of their own accord. On another evening a guest standing in front of that same window swore she felt a “ghostly” hand press itself upon her shoulder.

Lyon who has toured much of Canada and Ireland performing original one-man plays and who has been hailed as “a master storyteller” by the Times Colonist of Victoria, British Columbia and previously taught a university course in parapsychology, has recounted true ghost stories on scores of television and radio programs, and, last fall, published his first book, San Francisco Ghosts.

The family friendly tours will run every Saturday night, starting at a new, earlier time of 7:30 PM, June 28th through October 25th (with an additional tour Halloween night).


WHAT: Haunted Nevada City

WHEN: Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., June 28 through Oct. 25, plus an additional tour on Halloween night.

WHERE: Haunted Nevada City departs from 101 Boulder Street (the corner of Broad, Nevada and Boulder Streets) in front of the Cornerstone Realty Building.

ADMISSION: $10 for adults, $5 for 12 and under. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Fee is paid to the guide at the tour location. Reservations are not taken; guests need merely to show up at the time of the tour.

INFORMATION: Call (530) 265-6877 at any time; e-mail

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