Ghosts 915 (Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society) has been giving tours for several years now. The non-profit organization blends historical facts with investigation into the paranormal with their unique offering of tours. Types of tours include the Concordia Cemetery Ghost Tour, San Elizario Ghost Tour, Haunted Brothel Tour, and the Downtown El Paso Ghost Tour.
This Halloween, Ghosts 915 is offering another Downtown tour – convening at 108 E. San Antonio the home of the organization and former Wigwam Saloon. The group will meet between 8-8:30 p.m. with tickets being sold at the door or pre-purchased here.
Below is an excerpt of the tour you can expect this Halloween in Downtown, El Paso (DTEP)!
In 1883 this building (108. E. San Antonio and adjoining businesses) was built – it was called the Fashion Saloon and about a month later turned into the Wigwam after change of ownership. In March of 1889 it was purchased by John Wesley Hardin and was one of the top 5 saloons in El Paso, at the time. Hardin, held the grand opening on July 4th of 1889 and although the Plaza Theatre is known for having the first air-conditioning in El Paso, the Wigwam saloon was the first building to have electricity. The original AC units and generators can still be found in the basement.
John Selman is known for having shot and killed John Wesley Hardin and came from Lincoln County in New Mexico to live in El Paso in 1893. Formerly the leader of the Selman’s Scouts or locally as ‘The Rustlers’, an outlaw group, he went straight after having children. Selman lived in what is now known as the Union Plaza District, and Hardin’s apartment was located in what is now the Martin building (future site of the Martin Lofts on Stanton and Mills.) – Henry Flores, Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society, President
During the tour you will investigate where Hardin and Selman stood during the shooting and the events that led to the incident.
As you stand in the space looking up at the charred remains of the upstairs portion of the Wigwam Saloon (left by a fire in 2011), you will be shown, what some believe to be the lingering face of John Selman himself, still burned into the remaining edifice.
For tickets visit here or call (915) 274-9531