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Kemah Ghost Tours Detects Spirits Feature story July 2011

With a fascination for the Great Storm of 1900 and for the Karankawa Indians who history has shown were cannibals, Lauren Kirby started up the Kemah Ghost Tours in August of 2010. She said “I knew Kemah had a lot of spirits lurking about.” She was thrilled to discover that one in 3 people in Kemah have had a paranormal experience! After taking 3 months to interview locals and write her stories, she set off to gain approval and implement her plan!

The 90 minute tour caters to all ages, and is tantalizing, spooky, shocking and horrific. The tour runs through most of the Historic South End district of the boardwalk and makes stops along the way at places such as Madeleine’s Wine Bistro, Brass Lantern Suites, the Historic Light House on water’s edge and Zone 504 Sports Bar; just to name a few. The tour will “take you on a journey through time to experience legend, history and real life supernatural mysteries experienced by locals.

With the addition of a smart phone app available for download, “GhostRadarClassic detects spirits and allows them to speak with us! One customer was skeptical but downloaded it anyway. Halfway through the tour she started screaming ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t believe it.’ The ghost radar displayed her late husband’s name…Tom. Now that’s eerie.”

Recently, a man was able to capture a picture of a female apparition’s face peering from an old home. Lauren said “That turned skeptics into believers!”

Due to its increasing popularity, they offer 2 tours per week-end night, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 9:00pm. Groups are always welcome such as birthdays, sports teams, women’s groups couples groups and school groups, and “have always had a blast experiencing this together.”

The tour is certainly not for the faint of heart. But if you have ever been fascinated by the supernatural, or just love a great ghost story; then be sure to call for details 1-888-770-9333 or visit More tours are being added in Galveston and the Haunted Houston Heights so keep checking back!

Having walked the tour with our extraordinary guide, Emmy the Pirate Queen, I can say the history of Kemah is rich with horrific events as well as amazing stories of love and family. Even if you’re not a believer, you will be amazed at the amount of history that has happened on the Kemah Bay. I can’t wait to go again, and see everything I missed.

As far as the GhostRadar Classic, mine told me I was being followed by a spirit named Don! Pretty creepy, but so much fun!


Stay-cation options abound in Clear Lake, Galveston areas


There’s no need to let rising gas prices get in the way of fun this summer.

Consider a staycation and explore the attractions close to home.

The Clear Lake and Galveston areas are packed with destinations ideal for adults and for families looking for a break, from Armand Bayou Nature Center to Galveston harbor tours, from Moody Gardens to the Kemah Boardwalk.

One of the newer attractions in the area is Kemah Ghost Tours, founded by Seabrook resident Lauren Kirby in August 2010.

“I started falling in love with Kemah,” Kirby said. “If you move away from the boardwalk, you realize there are a lot of charming houses and businesses there.”

Kirby, who has attended ghost tours in other towns, was inspired to launch one in Kemah after hearing about a local haunted house.

Today, she averages 20 to 25 people per weekend tour.

Kirby leads the participants to several homes and businesses, including Kemah’s Lighthouse District, where Spanish explorers in the region were greeted centuries ago by the Karankawas, native Americans known for eating their enemies.

“I think what makes my ghost tour unique is we try to focus on a dramatic storytelling approach,” Kirby said.




The Galveston tour was awarded “Best Ghost Tour in Galveston” by on July 16, 2011.

The Galveston tour also features master tour guide, Jan Johnson, who was awarded, “Best Tour Guide” for Galveston! Jan is finishing her second book on Galveston history which is loaded with spine tingling stories.



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