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Get in touch with Phoenix’s spooky past this weekend

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 9:51 am

Marshall Shore has been giving bus tours for the past four years, and tomorrow he’ll give Phoenicians a new perspective on some of their landmark buildings.

The self described “Hip Historian” will lead a tour through midtown and downtown Phoenix from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 showcasing the Orpheum Theater, the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, the First Baptist Church on Third Avenue and Monroe Street, the haunted San Carlos Hotel and other Phoenix landmarks with checkered pasts.

Shore said he started the bus tours because, “It was a way to get people together and have an experience and help learn about where they are.

“There is so much history here and part of the tour is connecting those stories and making it entertaining.”

Despite Phoenix’s short history Shore says, “We are not too new to have ghosts.”

Shore went on to say, “we are not able to completely wash the past away.”

At one of the location tourists will be able to get out and walk in, but Shore declined to say which landmark. Each location shown on the tour holds significance to Phoenix and has a spooky history.

The Pioneer and Military Memorial Park serves as the final resting place for notable figures in Arizona History such as John T. Alsap, the first mayor of Phoenix in 1881, and the storied Jacob Waltz, the Dutchman of Superstition Mountain.

The San Carlos Hotel is the alleged home of the ghost of Leon Jensen who died under suspicious circumstances early in the hotel’s history.

The Orpheum Theater, in addition to playing an important role in the city’s history, holds a mysterious female spirit that lingers in the building.

Despite the spooky nature of the ghosts and the paranormal past of Phoenix landmarks, Shore said the tour, “is definitely family friendly. We don’t go into gritty details.”

He’s hoping to get people connected to the past in a different way. Shore plans to talk about each building’s history and “the energy left behind.”

“The reason we are doing this is because we are having fun,” Shore said. “They will have a good time and learn about the Valley. It is a relaxed tour and it is very much a social event.”

The event begins at the Claredon Hotel in downtown Phoenix. To get tickets, go to http://hauntedphx12-eorg.eventbrite.com. Contact Shore at (602) 326-0931 or info@marshallshore.com.

• Matt Covert is a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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