October 29, 2010, Truckee, CA — 180 guests experienced tantalizing tales of days gone by during the tremendously successful 2nd Annual Historical Haunted Tour that took place throughout historic Truckee on October 21 and 22, 2010. Produced by Sunshine Tahoe, the one and a half hour walking tour sold out one week in advance and plans are already brewing for 2011. Sunshine Tahoe’s Christina Stoever Young said, “We are thrilled with the tremendous support from the community, local businesses and visitors and will return with new tales in historic sites next year. We’re also incredibly thankful for our 2010 host sponsor, Moody’s Bistro and Lounge, all of the talented volunteers and the featured haunts including The River Street Inn, Truckee Book & Bean, Truckee Hotel, Squeeze In, The Richardson House and the Old Jail Museum.”
The Historical Haunted Tour benefits Trails and Vistas and the Truckee Donner Historical Society. Trail and Vistas’ Artistic Director, Nancy Lopez, said they are using the funds raised during this year’s event to help launch a field trip program for students to experience art in nature and to continue offering community workshops for families to explore their creative process through art, dance and poetry. Chelsea Walterscheid, President of the Truckee Donner Historical Society, said the funds will be dedicated to safe keeping Truckee’s historic resources to ensure past, present and future landmarks are preserved for everyone’s enjoyment.
Lopez and Walterscheid took the lead training docents and designing the tour, which blends facts and fiction, covering restless spirits and rowdy cowboys in the Wild West. Local resident Anne-Marie Giese of Giese Accounting and Tax CPA said, “I knew Jibboom Street was Truckee’s red light district but didn’t know there was a whorehouse, Dot’s place, where our office building stands!” Dorothy Vicoli, visiting from Connecticut, said, “The tour was phenomenal. There is so much history in Truckee, a town of wild cowboys and women of nocturnal delight! I was amazed by the acting talent in the mountains.”