LIMA — For a city that’s been around as long as Lima has been, there are a lot of stories to be told. During the Halloween season, many of those stories involve happenings bordering on the unbelievable.
Bob Cook has studied these stories and took around 30 people on the Lima Lantern Tour Saturday night.
“There are some tall tales but you know it’s like I tell the people, ‘There’s facts, there’s innuendos, there’s lies and there’s damn lies and it’s their job to figure out what’s what’, but most of it is historical facts and stories passed down from generation to generation and I just love telling the stories,” said Cook.
One of the stops was the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church at the corner of Elizabeth and North Streets.
“A couple of years when we went through it, we actually had a picture that our photographer took that actually showed an apparition. Now, whether it was an apparition or not, it sure looked like one,” said Cook.
The Lantern Tours are organized by Downtown Lima Inc.
“This is actually our 11th year. We have been sold out every year that we do this. We just try to change it up every year. It’s the haunted historical tour of the downtown, so you hear a lot of folklore, you hear history and then you do hear some haunting things, too,” said Aubree Kaye, executive director of Downtown Lima Inc.
This year, the walking tour went through the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, which was the original Elks Club, and it also went through the old Allen County Jail.
There was also a trolley tour that included the Northwest Ohio Literacy Council on Spring Street, a location that’s been noted for paranormal activity.
“It’s amazing some of the buildings that actually have some of the paranormal activity that people will tell you about. There’s others that don’t say anything and say there’s nothing going on, but there’s others where people come forward and say, ‘Hey, you need to come down here, we have something in here.’ We find it’s very interesting just to see the history of the building and some the events that have happened and occurred in them,” said Kaye.
The Lima Lantern Tours will continue Oct. 12 and 13, but again, those tours are all sold out.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.