On October 13, 40 members of the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network took part in a haunted history tour of downtown Bismarck led by Stacy Sturm. Sturm provided members lots of interesting historical facts about downtown Bismarck on this 50 minute walking tour, which also included a tour of the underground tunnels. Here are just a few of the highlights that we learned throughout the evening:
* Bismarck was first established as Edwinton in 1872, named after Edwin Ferry Johnson, a chief engineer of the Northern Pacific Railway Company
* The current Sunrise building used to be the Prince Hotel and was the place where the “Smith and Curran” drink was created
* The present site of the Presbyterian Church was once the site of Bismarck’s first cemetery
* 4th & Broadway used to be known as the “Hanging Square” where it was common for lynchings to take place on Sundays
* There have been ghost sightings at several historic downtown buildings over the years including the Peacock Alley, the Century Link building, Dakota Stage and the KFYR building
* The underground tunnels were once used to smuggle alcohol and prostitutes in the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. Multiple paranormal investigations have taken place in the underground tunnels
Special thanks to Stacy Sturm for conducting the tours and for everyone who joined us on Thursday the 13th!!