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The Spooky Side of the Black Hills - Not Just on Halloween

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You probably grew up being told, "there's no such thing as ghosts," ...but nearly half the country thinks otherwise. A Huffington Post poll shows that 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations.

Though Halloween may have passed, ghostly stories linger year-round in the Black Hills. With so many that believe in paranormal activity, it wasn't too surprising to learn that some people use their vacation time to seek out the living dead. Ghost tours provide tourists the opportunity to brush shoulders with spirits, or at the least, hear a few ghostly tales. Some tourists stop in for these tours on a whim, and other enthusiasts design entire trips around visiting a string of haunted places. If this sounds like something of interest, you'll definitely want to browse through this list of the Black Hills Most Haunted.

I decided to experience a ghost tour for myself and convinced my husband to come along for a stroll with Holly Kennedy - Rapid City's guru on strange and spooky historic tales. Known for its countless stories of mysterious sightings, knocks on doors, and unexplained noises, it was fitting that we began our tour at dusk in front of the Historic Alex Johnson Hotel. Filling over an hour with suspenseful stories and tales of compelling paranormal experiences, the hotel was just one of many stops along our frightfully fun ghost tour.

Obviously, I'm not going to give away the stories, but I can say that the spook factor in downtown Rapid City certainly raised a few hairs on the back of my neck during the ghost tour. Ultimately, even if you’re skeptical of ghosts and spirits, you’ll still enjoy this tour!

On the topic of haunted happenings, TripAdvisor recently named their Top 10 Haunted Hotels in the U.S. - a list that included Deadwood's Bullock Hotel. A recent review summarizes a visit to say, "Charming, historic property in the heart of the action; totally haunted.”

(If the thought alone of ghost tour raises your anxiety, consider enjoying the less spooky, lighthearted Presidential Trivia Tour - another Rapid City specialty walking tour by Holly Kennedy.)

Rapid City Walking Tours are offered year-round. For more information visit:


About the Author

Alicia is a South Dakota native with family roots in Beresford. She attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls—a year of which she spent studying in Norway and traveling throughout Europe. She acquired her degree in Sociology and International Studies. Despite her love of travel, she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed making Rapid City their home. She satisfies her wanderlust by soaking up the beautiful scenery and historic treasures that the Hills have to offer.

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