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Yikes! Try exploring ‘Haunted Nevada City’

There is a man who says he distinctly felt a ghostly presence against his back at the US Hotel on Broad Street; those who say they’ve seen the restless spirits of unfortunate Chinese miners floating through the rooms of the Stone House; or take the sighting of a tragic drunk who hung himself, making his way, whisky bottle in hand, across the grounds of the Martin Luther Marsh House on Bolder Street at 3 in the morning – you may laugh and say “nonsense,” but try talking to the people who have had these experiences.

Better yet, take Mark Lyon’s Haunted Nevada City historical walking tours, in which he recounts such stories. Saturday will be the first of these tours this year. In its third year, the tour has become quite popular (I went on it and loved it). Lyon, a master storyteller, is an actor/writer who has toured parts of the world, performing original one-man musical plays. He has taught and published on psychic phenomena, has appeared on scores of television and radio programs and on film, and has investigated hauntings both here and abroad. A member of the Screen Actors Guild with a master’s degree in theater, Lyon has studied at length in a master class in acting with Lynn Redgrave and was honored to be chosen by Redgrave to perform with her on stage.

“Although I quickly found published accounts of a few local hauntings,” says Lyon, “most of the stories which will be told on the tours came as the result of asking downtown 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 says he is continually updating and revising the tour as new accounts of colorful ghost sightings come to his attention in historic, haunted downtown Nevada City.

WHAT: “Haunted Nevada City,” hosted by Mark Lyon

WHEN: Saturdays at 8 p.m., June through October, with an additional, special Halloween Night tour on Oct. 31.

WHERE: The walking tour departs from 102 Boulder St. (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. Admission fee is paid to the guide at the tour location. Reservations are not taken; show up at the time of the tour.

INFORMATION: 265-6877.


“Haunting” books to read by Nevada County authors of local historic sites:

“The Compleat Pedestrian’s Partially Illustrated Guide To Greater Nevada City” by Robert M. Wyckoff.

“Walking Tours and Twice-told Tales of Grass Valley” by Robert M. Wyckoff.

“Exploring Nevada County: An Illustrated Guide To Local Landmarks and Historic Sites,” Comstock Bonanza Press.


Books are available at Harmony Books, 231 Broad Street, Nevada City. Hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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