History, legends and lore are the topics of the Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society Downtown Ghost tour. Henry Flores, President and Bonnie Juarez, Vice-President of the non-profit society always hope to at least educate the members of the tours on the rich history of downtown, El Paso. “We educate through history, science, technology and common sense,” said Flores.
The Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society, also a member of the national Taps Family, an exclusive network of paranormal investigating groups, began as an idea while the duo were in Albuquerque. “We took a mini-vacation to Albuquerque and were on a ghost tour in “Old Town” while there. We saw what they did with video and equipment and decided to bring something like that to El Paso,” explained Flores.
Soon after their return the pair proposed the idea of a ghost tour in Concordia Cemetery to the Concordia Heritage Association who happen to be the state appointed caretakers of the cemetery. “We offered all proceeds to them and have continued to be non-profit since then. They agreed, but only agreed to try it that one time. It was an overnight investigation and here we are seven years later, still giving tours in Concordia every first and second Saturday of the month,” said Flores. That night the couple purported seeing and hearing a host of paranormal activity, ranging from the sound of galloping horses and children to seeing shadow people.
After a year in Concordia, people were asking for tours in other locations. After thinking it over, downtown was chosen as a prime location for both the rich history and the possibility of paranormal activity. Henry Flores states, “Downtown is our most popular tour. We talk about the history, legends and lore of downtown El Paso on our tours.”
There is indeed no lack of history in downtown as evidenced by the myriad of highlights pointed out during the tour. The route takes the group from Cleveland Square Park, very publicly known to be a cemetery at one point to the El Paso Street area, where the “4 Dead in 5 Seconds” gunfight took place on April 14, 1881 leaving 3 of the 4 dead by the hand of Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire.
“We point out that there are tunnels underneath key buildings where Chinese immigrants traversed to and from Mexico and the U.S. as they were not allowed to live here while working on the railroads,” said Juarez.
The couple point out that the tour is geared towards educating the public as a service, not for private gain, and their approach to investigating the paranormal is non-provocative. “We don’t provoke or instigate possible paranormal entities. We prefer to use the knowledge provided by history to talk to the ghosts in hopes of getting a positive response,” explains Bonnie Juarez.
Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, the tour is packed with information and provides a different way to spend a Saturday night. A Q&A session with a multi-media presentation will be given on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary Arts Center, located on 205 E. San Antonio at 12 noon this Saturday, January 18, admission is FREE to the public. Later that day the Downtown Ghost Tour will be given. The group will meet between the Museum of History and the main library at 8:30pm, admission is $10.
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