The La Crosse Public Library has partnered with professional storyteller Michael Scott to spin yarns of ghosts and other things that go bump in the night in historic downtown La Crosse.

Michael Scott of Old School Variety Show


Due to the immense popularity of the Dark La Crosse walking tour and stage shows, Scott’s Old School Entertainment Company and the library wanted to offer more to the public, which has demonstrated an appetite for provocative La Crosse history, according to Scott.

Scott is the script writer for Dark La Crosse as well as the host of The Old School Variety Show, a vaudeville style show that highlights storytellers, musicians, actors, and other performing artists. He has been a featured teller at the La Crosse Storytelling Festival and the Northlands Storytelling Conference several time.

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In building the ghost walking tour, Scott and the staff of the library’s Archives Department has searched the stacks for stories of phantoms in La Crosse’s downtown area. Scott has also interviewed managers, shop owners, bartenders, waitstaff, and cleaning crews who have reported paranormal occurrences in the downtown.

Tours begin at the Explore La Crosse building on the north end of Riverside Park Sunday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 and 9 o’clock. The tour winds through downtown, stopping at a dozen locations where Scott shares stories of reported paranormal activity at those sites. The tour lasts an hour and ten minutes and the route is less than one mile.

Cost of the tours, which run through September, is $10, with a portion of the proceeds going to the library’s Archives Department. Reservations for the tours can be made online at www.footstepsoflacrosse.org.

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