Every city in America seems to have its own ghost stories and legends filled with dark corners, eerie historic buildings and the souls of those who once walked the streets like you and me. The historic downtown area of Branson, Missouri is no exception, as it holds the history of a fire from years ago, a deadly shootout at the train depot and the haunting of the old historic Owens Theater.
Branson Ghost and Legends offers you the opportunity to explore some of the age-old stories and legends that encompass the area and I snagged up the chance to do so on Monday night with published author and paranormal investigator Wesley Fox, who has been a tour guide with Branson Ghost and Legends for three years now.
My ghost tour began last Monday at 9 p.m., covered by the blanket of night and a chilly rain. After a brief introduction complete with paranormal picture sharing, my small group of five set out from the Branson Ghosts and Legend building on the corner at 101 S. Business US 65. Thankfully, the staff generously provided us with large umbrellas to escape the rain.
Wesley led us through the streets and alleyways of downtown Branson as he shared interesting facts about legends and hauntings backed by the context of historical events in the area. I had no idea that Branson had so much history — specifically the downtown area — and it was intriguing to hear it all, although I will admit to looking over my shoulder a few times. In my defense, he took us to a lot of creepy areas and shared some disturbing stories.
Wesley had a very unassuming way of sharing these stories, his interest in paranormal activity stems from his own family’s haunting back in Arkansas, so you can be assured that he’s not going to try to convince you that you should believe in the existence of spirits or ghosts just because he does. But the evidence he shares is very compelling. The personal story of his haunting is also for sale at the Branson Ghosts and Legends office, so you can pick it up if you’re interested in learning more.
The tour allows for plenty of picture taking, up close viewings of sites that are known to have paranormal activity and any questions you might have. Wesley is more than happy to answer them to the best of his ability.
I won’t share any specific ghost stories because I don’t want to spoil the fun but I guarantee you’ll have a great time, skeptics and all! Just make sure to make the most of your experience by asking any questions you might have and having your camera on hand. I didn’t capture anything in the photos I took, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have your own supernatural experience.
This leisurely walking tour is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 90 minutes. The areas you explore are covered by paved sidewalks and alleyways but I suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing, as you will be outside for the entirety of the tour.
Winter hours will are November 1- March 1 and tours during that time will begin at 7 p.m. with reservations required.
Tours depart nightly from the Branson Ghosts and Legends office at 9 p.m. Click here for tickets or more information.