A fun way to see the history of San Diego
San Diego has a long and complex history, from the pre-colonial times, the San Diego river separated the traditional lands of two factions of the Kumeyaay tribe of native Americans. The first Spanish colonial settlers founded a mission here in 1796.
The San Diego Ghosts tour dives into the history since San Diego, and California joined the United States. The rapid buildup of the city and its modern history is fascinating. Our tour will start with the difficult early steps of the Gaslight District. Founded by William Heath Davis, a real estate speculator who had a vision of a new downtown closer to the port’s trade.
However, his vision did not last, and he died with his original town of eight prefabricated ‘saltbox’ houses standing abandoned. His idea, though resurfaced later, and the carriers of his torch, Alonzo Horton and his wife built a house they later moved twice before it ended up in the gaslight district, where it stands today as the oldest house around, and a museum of the area’s history. It is most definitely haunted.
A family that lived in the house lost a child to Yellow fever, to this day, a ghostly sick child infects the Museum staff occasionally with rapid and brutal vomiting associated with Yellow fever, but only those staff who have touched the diseased apparition!
The idea of a Ghost tour is not appealing to you!?
Ghosts appear more often to those who believe, whose minds are open to such things. The power of the minds of those more open to the supernatural has been studied for a long time. And while the science of the mind has made leaps and jumps, we still know very little of the power of the most complex object in the known universe, the grey lump that resides between our ears.
Several Universities have published serious academic articles exploring the brain’s ability to affect the material world in ways we don’t understand…yet.
That’s a roundabout way of saying there’s a lot we don’t know about the universe and our abilities within it. So, the ghosts of the past may have ways of reaching into our lives, and while we should all be wary, we best not close our minds to it completely.
And if we fail to convince you with our evidence of minds from the past affecting the world today. We leave you with, at the very least, a riveting history lesson brought to life with affecting stories from the past.
You’ve got limited time in the city
The Golden hour, just before sundown in San Diego is a marvel to behold, the setting sun over the Pacific Ocean creates eerie moments that might make a believer of anyone. After the sunsets, there is a pause before the cities nightlife truly wakes up. Call it the post-dinner lull. This is the perfect time to take the San Diego Ghosts tour and really get the best from your time in ‘The finest city in America.’
Our standard tour takes around 1 hour and covers a carefully curated selection of locations to bring you a cross-section of eras and fascinating moments in the city’s history.
Our guides are not only knowledgeable about their home city, but the tour is entertaining and full of the stories of San Diego brought to life by spooky tales that you will remember for years to come.
Like the Prohibition lounge on Fifth Avenue, today, it’s a lively bar with a secret entrance that we will happily show you. But in a previous life, the bar’s stylish tiled arches saw more dead bodies than any other room in the city. It was for a period in the mid 19th Century the city morgue. The bartenders remain mute about the hauntings they have seen.
Looking for family friendly activities in San Diego
Our tour covers the grizzly history of San Diego, but rest assured, our aim is not to terrify. We have had tour-goers claim to have felt a supernatural presence during our daily events, but we have welcomed countless young ghost hunters and never had a report of nightmares.
We work hard to make sure our tours are family-friendly and work hard to keep them that way. Our start times are bedtime friendly for all but the youngest travelers, and few often see locals at the San Diego Ghosts start point, looking to learn a bit more about their home city. We hope to see you soon.