Hometown Pride Tour: Historical Tours of Wichita Falls

Hometown Pride Tour: Historical Tours of Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - We march on through Wichita Falls on our Hometown Pride Tour.
We were downtown where some entertaining tours take place, and you can be a part of them.
Julie Coley has been the Owner of Historical Tours of Wichita Falls for six years.
Coley said her tours have grown in size.
    "We used to start out with eight or ten people on a tour and our last tour was 23 people," Coley said. "We fill up real fast."
Coley will show you a lot of unknown history.
    "It is based on murders, suicides and accidents," Coley said. "And we walk around downtown and I show you different buildings, describe what they used to be and talk about the history back in the 40's, 50's and 60's. Along the way I tell you stories about murders, accidents, fires, we've had several downtown, and then we throw some ghost stories in."
Downtown is not the only place where you can experience a Wichita Falls tour.
There is also the Riverside Cemetery.
    "On the Riverside Cemetery tour, I show you where Jesse James sister, Susan James, is buried," Coley said. "I talk about the story of the crying statue, which is sort of a haunted story."
Coley got the idea of starting the tour business after taking photographs at Riverside Cemetery.
     "I photographed every headstone in Riverside Cemetery, Coley said. "I found one headstone that intrigued me so much that I went and looked up the story. I then decided to start writing stories about murders. And there were so many murders down in this area. Then I just started collecting pictures and realized I can start a tour of downtown and talk about some of these stories I have written about."
Coley loves giving the tours, especially downtown.
She want's people to know the future of downtown Wichita Falls is bright.
    "Downtown is growing," Coley said. "So many people think it is dead down here and it's not. I am out to show them that it is almost full and is building every day."
In the meantime, Coley will continue to do what she does best.
Admission is $10 a tour.
They usually last around one hour and 45 minutes.
Tours will continue through the first week of November.
 Coley said reservations go even faster for the month of October and that those tours usually sell out in early September.
Here is a link to sign up.

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