My absolute favorite day of the year in Monticello is only 4 days away…. Pioneer Day! Well, technically Pioneer Day is only 3 days away, but the main part of our town’s celebration is always held on the nearest Saturday, and that is 4 days away!
In the past few years I’ve written a couple posts on Monticello’s Pioneer Day Celebration, (2011 & 2012) and the schedule is usually always pretty much the same from year to year; Softball Tournament and Live Music in the park on Friday night, and a Family 5K, Lions Club Breakfast, Parade, Games & Food Booths, and Fireworks on Saturday. But one event that was new last year and will be back again this year, is the Monticello Ghost Tour!
I was so excited when I heard about this tour- this kind of thing is right up my alley! More than expecting to hear about any actual ghosts, I felt like this would be a great opportunity to hear about some of the more unusual history of the town, and it definitely was!
The tour was on a hayride, and we went on one of the later tours, so it was pretty much dark by the time it started. During that particular tour which was on Friday night, there were lots of people setting off fireworks at their houses, so we got a fireworks show along with our tour, which was really fun and just added to the whole hayride experience!
I won’t tell any of the actual stories (you’ll have to go on the tour for yourself if you want to hear them!) but there were stories that involved unexplained deaths, accidents, shootouts, police stand-offs, and much, much more. Who knew this small, quiet town had such an exciting history?!
The tour was really interesting, but as the owner of a house that was built in the mid-40s, one thing that I found a little unsettling as we were weaving our way through the neighborhoods, was the possibility that we might come to a stop in front of my house and I’d hear some horrible story of a murder or something equally disturbing that had happened there! We were on my street at two separate times, and actually stopped at the house next door, but luckily no stories about my house were told on the ghost tour- whew! However, we did stop in front of two of my friends’ houses and heard stories about them- one was called, ‘the most haunted house in Monticello’! Glad it wasn’t my house! 😉
The ghost tour is my new favorite part of Monticello’s Pioneer Day festivities and we’re definitely going again this year! The tour has grown to 3 nights this year; Thursday, July 23rd- Saturday, July 25th. All the information for the tour is on the flyer at the beginning of this post, or you can call the San Juan Record at (435)587-2277 for more information.
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