The San Juan Record
is pleased to introduce the first tour of its kind in San Juan County.
The Monticello Ghost Tour will take place on Friday, July 25 beginning at Veterans Memorial Park in Monticello.
The tour takes about 30 minutes, with the first tour set to depart at 7 p.m. near the Monticello City Office at 100 East and 100 North.
Participants will be seated throughout the tour, which visits historic sites throughout the community and returns to its beginning point.
New groups will leave every 45 minutes or so, until the ghosts or the guides are exhausted.
Ghost tours can be found in many cities around the world. They are generally offered in areas of historic interest.
“Ghost tours are a phenomenon,” said San Juan Record Editor Bill Boyle. “My family and I have attended a few, had a great time, and thought, ‘Why not have a ghost tour in Monticello?’”
The Monticello Ghost Tour tour is light on ghosts and heavy on the fascinating history of the community. The script includes dozens of stories, both fun and poignant, about the early history of Monticello, the little town at the base of the Blue Mountains.
“We need to give a disclaimer,” said Boyle. “We will be as suprised as anyone if an actual ghost appears on the tour... but you never know.”
Cost for the tour is $5 per person or $25 for the entire immediate family.
A few of the stories that will be told include the tragic death at Monticello’s first Pioneer Day celebration, Rambo holds the pharmacy hostage, the creative driving of George Adams, the old hanging tree, Marie Ogden and the Home of Truth, uranium triumph and tragedy, the Haunted Highland Hotel, and many more.
Hear about Monticello’s heroic history, the cowboys and the Indians, the settlers and the renegades at the inaugural Monticello Ghost Tour on Friday, July 25.