OKC Opening Haunted Union Station for Tours This Month
Since it's officially the spooky season, everyone is getting into the spirit by offering as much fun as possible. OKC is even hopping on a trend Austin and New Orleans have been perfecting for years... Haunted walking tours.
In many big cities around the country, there's enough cryptid history to warrant walking tours through some of the most heinous horror stories any place can offer. The last time I was in Austin we opted to take the murderers' walking tour.
It was three hours of walking around to a bunch of places where famous murders happened. At one point, as our group was standing in a quiet alleyway away from the public, I got goosebumps realizing we could all very easily be the next victims... a bunch of tourists separated from society with a collective interest in murder. If I were a murderer, this is how I would lure in victims too.
Spoiler alert, I didn't get murdered.
New Orleans may be uber-famous for Mardi Gras and jazz funerals, but their walking tours of murder and hauntings is legendary. Why wouldn't OKC get in on that action?
Scissortail Park has organized a walking tour of Union Station... rumored to be haunted and pretty creepy looking if you ask me.
Years before it became the office home of the park, it was a railroad hub for travelers. Two rail lines ran through it like clockwork for decades. When it came time to add a third line, the city opted to nix it and repurpose the building.
Imagine the kind of horrors the historical railroad depot in a state's biggest literal boomtown might hold... Robbed and killed on the platform for $2 and a case of clothing... Revenge at the hands of a now fatherless son before someone had a chance to flee on the train... They had my curiosity, but now they have my attention.
From the event posting:
Go back in time with the Scissortail Park staff to hear about the history of Oklahoma City’s Union Station, complete with mysterious stories and legends from the past, as well as more recent unexplained and ghostly encounters. Union Station opened in 1931 and served Rock Island and Frisco lines until 1967. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and is now home to the Scissortail Park offices. Union Station is not normally open to the public, so come enjoy this once-a-year opportunity.
There are both kid-friendly and hardcore scary tours happening here every Friday. Cost is $15 per person regardless of age. $10 per person if you're a Scissortail Park member... whatever that is.
Tours last roughly an hour and you can squeeze in wherever you want. You just have to book your tickets. Do so here. Have fun.