Get spooked downtown this weekend with Historical Haunts!

October 26, 2013

By Dusty Trails

For many Bend-ites, perhaps the most bone-chilling thing to happen to them is realizing that their 6-pack of Mirror Pond Pale Ale has somehow “magically” disappeared from their refrigerator. But believe it or not, downtown Bend truly does have its share of spooky stories and locales. And on this late October weekend before All Hallow’s Eve, the Des Chutes Historical Museum invites you to come hear about several of them.

Take, for example, the story of George Brosterhous. In 1914 he was on the roof of the building that now houses the Des Chutes Historical Museum downtown overseeing the delivery of some materials when he fell to his death through a hole in the staircase.

Then, in 2004, a concert pianist scheduled to perform in Bend visited the Des Chutes Historical Museum to warm up on their piano. When he finished playing, he asked an employee who the man was that was watching her work. Confused, the employee insisted that they were the only two people in the room the whole time he played.

Later, the pianist reached the lobby to leave the building and froze when he saw the man from the room in an old photograph on the wall. It was a photograph of George Brosterhous.

Creepy, huh? There’s more where that came from at the Deschutes County Historical Society’s Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend tour taking place October 24-27 from 4-7pm. There are 15 guided tours each evening that last approximately an hour, and they always sell out–so get there early! Cost is $10 per person, and children under 12 and Des Chutes Historical Museum members are free. All tours begin at the Museum at at 129 NW Idaho Ave. (between Wall and Bond), and end at The Tower Theater.

Hot chocolate and apple cider will be available. But since the entire tour is outside, it’s a good idea to bring a coat, good walking shoes and a flashlight. Chances are you won’t see the ghost of George Brosterhous. But you might get a good chill or two up your spine.