Long Prairie’s annual CrazyDayz weekend will wrap up Saturday, July 12, with a “Ghost Walk” down Central Avenue, fondly known as “Main Street.”
Human ghosts won’t be conjured up (but they can join us if they like), but the walk will focus on the historic buildings that line the Long Prairie business district, focusing on those constructed between 1880 and 1916.
Tour guides will discuss the original purpose of these stately structures —which buildings were one of the three banks, four newspapers, four hotels, two cigar factories, nine saloons and a brewery — at the turn of the century, the last century.
Walkers will learn about the night an angry mob broke down jailhouse doors and lynched a prisoner, what happened when Prohibition was enacted and when the first “moving picture” was shown in the grand opera house.
At one time, the population of Long Prairie was greater than that of Minneapolis and St Paul combined.
The Ghost Walk is a benefit to raise funds for the two museums in Long Prairie, the Christie Home and the Todd County Museum, and will include tours of both. The Christie Home is a three-story Victorian home built in 1901 by Dr. George Christie, the only resident doctor at that time. It contains all the original furnishings, and the stained glass windows and Tiffany lamps give it the nickname of “Long Prairie’s Hidden Jewel.”
The Todd County Museum is equally impressive.
Historian and author Adrian Lee will be leading the walk down Main. Although he was born and raised in London, England, he is uniquely qualified to talk about rural America as his latest book “Tales From a Pioneer Town- The Earliest Stories of Sauk Centre, Minnesota” has just been released. Adrian Lee is also the author of “Mysterious Minnesota —Digging up the Ghostly Past at 13 Haunted Sites.”
The Ghost Walk begins at the War Memorial on Central Avenue in Long Prairie, at 7 p.m. A $10 donation includes the Walk, a tour of both the Christie Home and Todd County Museum and refreshments in the Christie Home carriage house. All donations go to the museums’ upkeep and restoration funds.
You can also meet Adrian Lee at the Christie carriage house, 15 1st St. S, Long Prairie, from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.