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Ghost tours around the world often tout tales of big haunted revelations or amazing encounters with real ghost and paranormal activity that never seems to come to actual fruition
Many tours are filled with historical facts and sometimes levels of fakelore that makes the intelligent mind take a step back and wonder who really believes this contrived crap. Well we all must agree that occasionally there is some interesting proof of a photo taken on a ghost tour that might set the paranormal world on it's ear but for the most part several tours around the world deliver less then adequate tours and less impressive ghost stories. I must confess that some ghost tours just grew on me, but not as a serious study of the paranormal world or the cities real haunted truths.
The pinnacle and highest standard of all of the Texas Ghost tours I have personally taken is Dash Beardsley's Ghost Tour of Haunted Galveston Island, Texas. The hour long tour is filled with exacting facts and very few fictions. And if this is the tour that all others should be measured by, then of course this is the very best tool to use.
The Best part of the Haunted Galveston Ghost Tour is of course meeting the multitalented legend that is Dash Beardsley himself in person. Long blonde hair and a rock and roll personal in a long black coat that certainly help set the mood of what this the haunted Galveston ghost tour is really all about.
The down side is that Dash does not personally give many tours except by special request. Though his guides are amicable and vocally loud enough to hear over the noise of the busy Strand district they are not the Ghost Man of Galveston nor do they measure to his radiant talents of story telling and personal showmanship. In the past couple of years I have taken my family on the tour and Dash was the host. He never failed to entertain the crowd and his personality was always the greatest highlight of this famous Texas ghost tour.
I asked my sloppily dressed guide on the tour and of course his attire and gruff manners helps lose all credibility at this point "So where was Dash in his black flowing coat?" And was told me in a strange abrupt tone that he rarely gives ghost tours or makes public appearances because he is too busy doing other things that need to be done in running a successful ghost tour.
I am very disappointed that the Dash Beardsley does not give his own tour, the man is the ghost tour and makes it more exciting with his presence alone.
On past tours before the devastation of Hurricane Ike a ghost tour with Dash was the most exciting thing that the Strand had to offer. I found that I did capture strange images on my digital camera. This as I and many others believe is because certain individuals seem to attract paranormal phenomena more then others. His hired tour guides seem to be too stiffly scripted for my taste, and poor presentation is not what a great ghost tour should be all about, and I think the standard of this once great ghost Tour has fallen in my opinion several notches with his absence.
Dash Beardsley's Personal Response
First of all let me say thank you for your kind words about me concerning my tour. I love what I do and I hope it shows. I feel blessed to have reviews like this from honest people to let me know how they truly feel.
I would like to now to address some of the points you brought up, to perhaps clear the record and maybe even fill in a few blanks.
When hurricane Ike hit it was a surprise to everyone on Galveston Island. I went from having a steady job that I loved, to not having a job at all or a place to live, to call my own.
As the Indians put it so well "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" and so the same is true to this day. When I stopped doing tours, not by choice, but by nature,some of my tours were peaking at 200 people and I was beginning to feel the strain. Also, I felt the need to grow. So, while Galveston was being rebuilt I birthed an idea to build some new tours. But, in the process had to relocate and work from off the island. Since that time I have attained a new home in Galveston County. But, because of relocation, and the hunger to grow, I have been building three new tours: The Restless Spirits Tour, basically a brand-new haunted walk of the Strand, Dash Beardsley's Mystery Island Tour, which is a riding tour (especially for those who have trouble walking) of some the haunted hotspots in Galveston and finally Dash Beardsley's Supernatural Voyage, which is a haunted sailing tour at dusk dealing with some of the history and the lesser-known haunted history of Galveston Bay.
However, I would like each of these tours to be as good as the first one so in my stead I've hired tour guides. I have trained each of them myself. As with all jobs, even the training process sometimes isn't good enough. So, I have had to work hard to get fine tour guides that hopefully have the same heart that I do,but they are hard to find. We get better as we go and there are some at present. Right now there are several of them and I am very sorry that you got one that is most likely already gone. Sometimes when you grow you have to clean house and that's what I'm doing right now.
Let me also say this, I have never left the tour, I have never stopped doing tours at all except during the time that Galveston Island was shut down. I just have stopped doing them every day in order to build these new tours and to do some public appearances. I still do public tours, just not every one of them. Anyone who wishes to find out when I'm doing a tour simply needs to get on my mailing list (email@example.com) and that's where I send out announcements as to when I'll be doing the tour.
Also, private tours can be requested with me at any time. The price is slightly higher, but I also get to spend a little more one on one time with people who go as we are not on a public tour schedule.
Believe me when I tell you, I appreciate every single person that has ever taken my tour, good and bad and feel as if I'm doing what I'm called to do. Unfortunately, I'm only one person and can only do one thing at a time.
I hope when you see the outcome of the new tours you will understand a little better why I've been a little absent, but never gone. Again, thanks so much for your comments and I look forward to seeing you at some point in the future.
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Haunted Galveston Original Haunted Walking Tour Group Meets In Front Of The Railroad Museum At Strand And 25th Streets
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GALVESTON LOCAL HISTORY
As early as the 1500’s this area was home to the Akokisa Indians who camped, fished and hunted the land, it was also the place where they buried their dead. In 1786 Jose de Evia was sent by Bernard de Galvez, a Spanish colonial governor and general, to chart the Gulf of Mexico. Jose de Evia found the river mouth and called the bay Galveston Bay the governor. The governor never set foot on the land that was named after him as he died in the same year. It was only later that the island and the city took the same name
In 1817 Jean Lafitte, a privateer arrived and made the island his base and named it Campeche. Lafitte’s own mansion “Maison Rouge” was located in the village plus a large slave market, boarding houses, saloons, pool halls and huts for the pirates. General James Long tried to recruit Lafitte to help make Texas Independent from Spain and Mexico, but he remained neutral. In 1821 Lafitte was forced to leave his operation on the island, after having attacked and American ship. Lafitte held a huge party before he left and then burnt his settlement, it is also believed that he had buried treasure on the Island, but it has never been found.
Jane Long, the wife of General James Longs, became “The Mother of Texas” when she gave birth to the first Anglo Saxon native Texan baby in 1821; she was named Mary Jane Long. Michel B. Menard, bought a “league and labour” of land in 1836 for the huge sum of $50,000 from the Austin Colony and this was the beginning of Galveston. As Menard needed additional funds to promote the new town and formed the City of Galveston with nine other men, namely, Gail Borden, Samuel May Williams, William H. Jack, A J Yates, John K. Allen, Mosley Baker, James Love and David White.
In 1937 Congress made Galveston a port of entry and Gail Borden was appointed as Collector of Customs. In 1842 the Galveston News was founded and is the only surviving and the oldest daily newspaper in the state – It is now known as The Galveston County Daily News. The Strand became the “Wall Street of the Southwest” as all the wholesalers, cotton agents, mercantile firms and insurance companies could be found here. In 1860 the bridge to the mainland was completed and this provided the opportunity for the railroads to expand.
On September 8 1900 Galveston was hit by one of the most ferocious storms in history. With wind-speeds of over 120mph and tidal surges the island it was devastated. Almost a third of the city was completely destroyed and more than 6,000 people were killed. In 1902 a seawall, seven miles long and 17 feet high, was built by the city to prevent such a terrible devastation from hitting the island again, it was completed in 1910. Galveston overcame this terrible disaster and has become a top resort.
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Take a chilling journey into South Texas, post Hurricane Ike, from The Woodlands to Galveston, where the long departed are waiting to tell you their stories. Spend a frightening vacation moving from one haunted place to the next, taking in haunted hotels, mansions, and depots. Legends of haunted graveyards, phantom dogs, and other eerie phenomena will intrigue you.
About the Author
Olyve Hallmark Abbott is a frequent speaker and author of articles and short stories. She attended Juilliard School of Music and has enjoyed a career in opera, television, and stage. This is her third paranormal book of entertaining legends, true stories, and haunted places.
Comments Ghost Tours of Haunted Galveston
My family and I recently took the Kemah Ghost Tours and let me just say it was....okay. Not much flare or entertainment, just a mono tone tour guide who didn't know the stories very well and a bland history lesson. I personally know a lot of Texas history and when the guide mentioned the Great Storm of 1900 I got excited, then that subsided. The Great Storm was the biggest natural disaster in history and to tell the story with no emotion really was a let down.
We decided to give the tours another chance and went to take the 9pm Galveston Ghost Tour. BIG MISTAKE. The tour guide never even showed up. Sitting there in the dark I look up the phone number to complain. I found a number on the Ghost Tours of Galveston website and quickly called. What came next was very interesting. A man named Dash answered and explained that he didn't have a 9 o'clock tour and asked who I was looking for. I said the Ghost Tours of Haunted Galveston. He said, this is the Ghost Tours of Galveston. He then explained that the tour we were "supposed to be on", pretty much took his name and added the "haunted" part. He apologized that the tour wasn't going so well and gave us all free admissions for his tour. It sounds very cool, can't wait to take it. Will post about it and let you know.
Another thing, I went to the Kemah Ghost Tour website to post this review and unfortunately I couldn't. There were nothing but positive comments and no where to post mine. Makes me wonder where they got their reviews.
Thanks for nothing Kemah/Galveston tour, and thank you Dash at the Ghost Tours of Galveston.
My daughter and I have been on several ghost tours around the U.S. We went on the Kemah Ghost tour in May. The tour was not really worth the 15 dollars that we paid per person. Our tour guide seemed kind of stuffy and almost as if she was new at giving tours. It felt very fake to both of us. The area is very nice to walk around in and we did enjoy seeing Kemah but the only interesting part of this tour was one area that was a garden with a gazebo. Overall it was a nice walk but I would definitely not recommend going on the tour looking for interesting ghost stories. Perhaps a more experienced guide not wearing a ridiculous outfit and some scarier material would have changed the experience. We will be traveling to Galveston Tx and North Tx soon to go on more ghost tours. Hopefully they will be better than the Kemah joke tour.
Call the Ghost Line for more information at 409-877-1794 or email Dash at firstname.lastname@example.org
For private tours call the office at 832-892-7419
Dash Beardsley's Ghost Tours of Haunted Galveston Island is Galveston's very first public year round walking ghost tour. Filled with history, mystery and legend. The #1 ghost tour in the state of Texas!
The #1 most popular ghost tour in America! 100% fascinating!
Dash Beardsley's Ghost Tours of Haunted Galveston Island!
Including Galveston's very first public year round walking ghost tour. Filled with history, mystery and legend. The #1 ghost tour in the state of Texas and the #1 most popular ghost tour in America! 100% fascinating!
Known as "The Ghostman of Galveston", Dash Beardsley, is a legend on the Island and is considered the paranormal expert throughout this area. Creator of the Ghost Tours of Galveston Island, Dash has been recognized by Texas monthly, Galveston Daily News, the Houston Chronicle, the Associated Press, hauntedamericatours.com, Coast Magazine, The Islander Magazine, The Police News magazine, Texas Highways Magazine, Taps Magazine, Disney Travel and Events, and even had a mention in Forbes magazine. He has also been a feature on various television, radio shows and conventions....
Pick Your Tour:
1. Dash Beardsley's Original Ghost Tour of the Strand
The #1 ghost tour in the state of Texas and the #1 most popular ghost tour in America!
History, mystery, legend and ghost stories at their finest. Come join us on this unique year around walking tour.
This is the original ghost tour of Galveston; accept NO imitations.
Price: $20 for adults; $10 for kids 10 yrs. and under
Place: 123 Rosenberg (on the steps of the Railroad Museum)
Time: 7:30 p.m. nightly (Sundays at 6 p.m.)
2. BRAND NEW! Dash Beardsley's Restless Spirits Tour
Dash Beardsley's finest new creation. The second Strand ghost tour! Brand new stories and brand new places!! A great new haunted walk of the Historic Strand District. People say here on The Strand, "they" have never left. Come and find out for yourself...
Price: $15 for adults; $10 for kids 10 yrs. and under.
Place: 2408 Strand (Crow's Restaurant and Cantina)
Time: Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm
3. BRAND NEW! Dash Beardsley's Secret Society Cemetery Tour
Come and uncover the hidden and buried secrets of Galveston's very own residents! Time travel with us and walk through the strange and infamous of Galveston's haunted past.
Price: $15 for adults; $10 for kids 10 yrs.and under
Place: Old City Cemetery - (Directions - I-45 S. which turns into Broadway Street; turn right on 43rd Street; Take first left and drive to the center of the cemetery)
Time: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
4. Dash Beardsley's Mystery Island Ghost Tour
Climb aboard and "relax" for our very first haunted tram ride. Our tram practically drives itself or perhaps we are having help from others? Visit known legendary haunted spots here on Galveston Island. From the very old to currently reported haunted locations, many of these have been printed in various magazines and movies. Enjoy the ride!! Call for pricing and tour times - (409) 877-1794
5. Dash Beardsley's Supernatural Voyage
Come and sail with us on the beautiful, mystic, haunted Galveston Bay at dusk. Travel to real places where Jean Lafitte ruled. Visit Civil War locations rumored to be haunted today by the ghosts of soldiers past. Relive Galveston's very own "Alamo" adventure and see why Galveston is known as one of the most haunted places on earth!
FOR INFORMATION ON ALL THESE TOURS, CALL (409) 877-1794 OPTION 1 AND 2
The Ashton Villa Ghost Hunts.........
... And finally, the silence of one of Galveston's most historic haunted mansions will be broken as you, yourself walk the elegant hallways of the mesmerizing beautiful Ashton Villa at midnight..... Is she still here? You be the judge.
Yes, you read it. As promised by Dash Beardsley, the long awaited Ashton Villa Ghost Hunts are here. For the first time in history we will be conducting the very first Ghost Hunts in one of the most infinitely haunted places not only on Galveston Island, but also in the world. This location has been written about in numerous books and publications. Don't miss your chance to walk these old hallways in the mid morning hours to catch a glimpse of Galveston's spooky past and perhaps the elegant lady who may still be lingering here....
Place: 2328 Broadway Time: 12 Midnight til 2:30 am. Time of year: Halloween Season
Price: $50 per person (maximum 40 persons per ghost hunt)
This is by reservation only payable on Paypal.com, so reserve your place now.
There will only be four ghost hunts the dates are: OCTOBER 21st and 22nd, 28th and 29th.
**** if these days are a sellout there is a possibility of two more days coming available so inquiries are welcome****
****interested parties will need to provide their own personal paranormal equipment****
Come and make history with us on this superb haunted adventure!
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