Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Duluth Experience Presents the Dark History Bus Tour

I know this isn't quite beer related but the guys at the Duluth Experience have something brand new and exciting for those visiting Duluth and I thought that this is worth sharing.

Walking History Tour Scares up the Darker Side of Duluth’s History

Duluth, MN – The history of Duluth is an epic tale of triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures. This summer, a new tour offered by The Duluth Experience focuses on the not-sorosy stories of Duluth’s past and some of the reported hauntings that folks around town don’t necessarily like to talk about – things like gunfights, murders, riots, and even some of the local haunting legends!

The local tour company launched their Dark History Bus Tour in October of 2015 and found that there was a huge interest in the lesser-known stories of Duluth’s sorted past. Encouraged by the response to the bus tour, their Team began preparations for a guided walking tour of similar content but focused on Canal Park and Downtown Duluth.

According to local historian and Zenith City Press publisher Tony Dierckins, “Exploring the darker side of a community's past reveals a much more complex, fascinating, and often entertaining aspect of its history, and in today's Zenith City nothing brings that perspective to light quite like The Duluth Experience's Dark History Walking Tours.”

“Once we started digging into the darker side of Duluth’s history,” explains Duluth Experience CEO Dave Grandmaison, “we discovered a lot of creepy stories, legends, and tragic events that made for great storytelling.”

The Dark History Walking Tour weaves its way through Canal Park and Downtown Duluth where guests explore true stories of pirates on Park Point, lost ships of Lake Superior, and Duluth’s tenderloin district, along with tragic stories of lynchings, gunfights, and murders. The Duluth Experience guides also delve into local legends regarding lake monsters, strange disappearances, and ghostly apparitions in Duluth’s Historic Arts and Theater District.

“This isn’t a hokey, haunted-house tour with folks dressed up like goblins and ghouls trying to scare you” says Grandmaison. “Duluth’s dark history is creepy enough on its own.”

Duluth’s Dark History Walking Tours hit the streets every Friday and Saturday night during the months of July and August from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Tours begin and end at the The Duluth Experience, LLC 211 E. 2nd St., Suite 4 (218) 464-6337 Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace in Canal Park. Guests are encouraged to register ahead of time on The Duluth Experience website or by calling (218) 464-6337. Tickets for the Dark History Walking Tour are $20 per person.

About The Duluth Experience: The Duluth Experience is a locally owned and operated tour and events company dedicated to creating fun and educational experiences that connect people to the businesses, places, stories and adventures that define the Northland’s rich natural, historical, and cultural identity. 

Press Contact: David Grandmaison 
The Duluth Experience, LLC 
Phone: (218) 464-6337 

Those who have been reading this blog for a while know how much I admire The Duluth Experience and how I think they have been a boon to the Duluth tourism scene and will continue to be so going forward. So if you're in Duluth, be sure to check these guys out.


- Nick

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