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Lantern Light Night Tours & Ghost Hunts

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Event tags: Ghost, Bodfish, Kids, Halloween, Night




Other nighttime lantern events are scheduled for Oct. 6, 13, 19, 20, 27 and Halloween Night!

Additional information: Silver City Ghost Town Curator/Director J. Paul Corlew 760-379-5146.

On Sept. 15th & 29th Lantern Light Night Tours & Ghost Hunts will be held at Kern County landmark Silver City Ghost Town in Bodfish. The tours will be hosted by J. Paul Corlew who is curator/director of the site. During the last six night events Corlew said that “Many people reported experiencing what they believed was paranormal activity including; an antique gold scale moving by itself, a young woman was touched on the shoulder by what she described as FREEZING unseen hands, ponytails were tugged, many people reportedly heard knocking in response to requests to do so, several Class A recordings of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVPs) were captured live & many photographic anomalies including luminosities & what some say is a shadow figure (see photos in recent posts below) were captured”

During the lantern tours Corlew will recount the eerie legends of the valley & focus on the numerous controversial paranormal events & sightings which have reportedly occurred at Silver City. This will be both a history/mystery tour & interactive ghost hunt with advice, tips & demonstrations from both Corlew & special guest investigators.

What local historical figure had his grave dug up after his passing and why? Where is his body now? Who was Wormie Annie? What event, witnessed by dozens of individuals during a night tour caused Silver City to be listed as one of the top 15 most haunted sites in the U.S.A.? Why were hundreds of men camped out across the street from the site in the 1890’s? Who was murdered there? What’s with the “grumpy ghost” and in what building has he been reported? What is a little girl’s apparition doing in the jail? What caused all the stage coach crashes nearby? What secrets are there in the mirror in one of the saloons? These and many other questions will be answered during his guided tour.

Corlew has taken part in dozens of paranormal investigations since 2006 both on site & off. He has also appeared on Biography Channel’s paranormal series “My Ghost Story”. He was also on the online based shows “Haunted Discoveries” & “Extreme Hauntings Live”. He is soon slated to be featured in the book “The Planet Paranormal Guide to Haunted California” by writer/paranormal investigator, Brian Clune.

Attendees who have always wanted to be part of a ghost hunt are welcome to bring cameras & their own ghost hunting gear & join in or they can just observe & enjoy the unique presentation & live investigations. “We have had a lot of visitors in recent lantern tours bringing their own video & still cameras, digital recorders, LED flashlights [reportedly used successfully in communications by blinking on and off unaided] & other devices.”, said Corlew. “It is great when the visitors catch & share evidence live as they have done in recent events, it has been incredible. Recent EVP recordings, startling visitor photographs & a video of the scale allegedly moving by itself & other submitted evidence is posted on Silver City’s facebook page” he said.

Over the last 40 years the Ghost Town has been the location of dozens of alleged sightings of ghostly apparitions by visitors & staff alike. In recent years Silver City has also been investigated by many paranormal groups who reportedly captured evidence of poltergeists, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP's), anomalous photographs & videos. "Some of these groups have investigated numerous times." said Corlew

Advance tickets for the Lantern Tours are available by credit card purchase via email or telephone. They will also be on sale at 7:45 each night of the events (cash only) at the gate & the tours will be from 8:00 to 10:00 pm (Note: earlier start then recent tours) with time afterward for individual exploration of the site & face time with the experts. The ghost town has never turned away a guest at a night tour in its over two decade history. So don’t worry about it being “sold out”. The cost is only $12.00 per person (all ages). All proceeds from admissions & these special events are utilized (as they have for over 20 years) for the continuing renovation, restoration & museum acquisitions on site. No public funds or tax dollars are utilized to operate Silver City. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Other nighttime lantern events are scheduled for October 6, 13, 19, 20 26, 27 and Halloween night! Mark you calendars!All details to be announced on facebook at hit “Like “to stay informed.

The Ghost Town is also open 10 am to 4 pm (5 pm Saturdays) daily through Oct 15th. Silver City is located at 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Bodfish. To purchase tickets by phone call 760-379-5146 or email