Guthrie Ghost Walk
Several cards are pinned to the ceiling of the Blue Belle Saloon in Guthrie to mark bullet holes in the ceiling from the saloon’s early days. Photo by Ryan Naeve, The Vista.
The Guthrie Ghost Walk is a one to two hour-long walk in downtown Guthrie that goes through six to eight sites that have had multiple reports of paranormal activity. The walks are given seasonally on Friday and Saturday evenings, but additional or private walks can also be scheduled.
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The walks have been an attraction in Guthrie for four years. The founder, owner, and tour guide of the Guthrie Ghost Walk, Stacey Frazier, came up with the idea for the walks after visiting several ghost walks out-of-state and realizing Guthrie had better ghost stories.
Frazier has done extensive research on the ghosts, their family, and how all of that is connected with history of Guthrie. This is not a ghost walk where there will be planned surprises that jump out and scare people. The ghost stories are all deeply rooted in explaining not only why the ghosts are there, but the history of Guthrie.
“I like teaching people and relating the history of the town. It really is unique,” Frazier said.
The walk used to just be given in October, but it became so popular that it is now year-round. Frazier has three different series for the walks now—this month is conducting series three—and there is even a Christmas series. Each series has different ghost stories, but all take place in Downtown Guthrie.
“We have more ghost stories per block. People will walk down the street with me and just point at multiple buildings asking if they are haunted, and I almost always say yes. Almost every building is haunted. Most of the buildings have been here since the land run,” Frazier said.
The walk begins with Frazier asking people what they believe a ghost is. Frazier said that several people say they believe a ghost is someone who is angry or has unfinished business. However, Frazier believes that is actually not the case; most of the time a ghost is there because in their death they longed to be at a particular location.
Frazier stated that it more has to do with a connection that person had with something, someone, or someplace. An example Frazier gave is of an old man who was dying and struggling to breathe: All the man wanted was a chance to not be in pain anymore. He wanted to be a little kid again. With his last breath, he thought of being a little kid again, and all of a sudden the man was a little kid again, outside with the sun on his shoulders, a coke in his hand and his dog running around him.
This is a story Frazier tells on one of her tours. This is the story of the man who currently haunts the Pollard Theater. Frazier said in the silence before a movie residents of Guthrie have claimed to hear a dog barking and a little kid playing. Some unlucky residents have also experienced the ghost’s angry old man persona in the bathroom mirror behind them.
Frazier explained that the point of these walks is not to scare people, but rather to explain to people the history of Guthrie and the strange and fascinating things that have occurred in Guthrie’s past. For example, there are bullet holes in the ceiling of the famous Blue Bell Saloon (now called The Blue Belle Grille House). The current owners mark the bullet holes with playing cards so visitors can spot them.
“The Blue Bell Saloon is the single most investigated place in Oklahoma for paranormal activity. The Oklahoma Paranormal Association has done lots of research in the Blue Bell saloon, and almost all of the TV ghost-hunting shows have been in it,” said Frazier
Frazier stated that some people have experienced paranormal activity on these walks. “There was a man named Ivan who used to be the town barber. He enjoyed tripping men and grabbing women while smoking a cigar. Some people can still smell the cigar smoke. Many men have claimed to trip there, and several women have claimed to have felt someone grab them,” Frazier mentioned.
The tours start at the Apothecary Garden at 7:15 p.m., and tickets can be purchased on site with adults paying $10 and children ages 7-14 paying $7 per ticket. Frazier will meet the tourists there to take them through Downtown Guthrie to explain what happened and why the ghosts are there. For more information about Guthrie Ghost Walks or to schedule a walk, contact Stacey Frazier at 405-293-8404, or visit the website at www.guthrieghostwalk.com