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Historic Oregon Town Hosts Halloween Ghost Walk

The event is run by volunteers and attracts about 1,000 people a year.

Independence, Oregon
Independence, Oregon is home of the Ghost Walk
Photo by Bonnie King,

(INDEPENDENCE, Ore.) - Independence, Oregon has a long history of spooky stories. It is an annual tradition for many to return to Independence during the Halloween season to take part in the Ghost Walk.

OPHIR, a paranormal research group based in Salem, Oregon is working with the town of Independence and the local Historical Society to bring the spooky attraction to the area.

“The Ghost Walk is totally manned by volunteers, as many as 1000 people show up for the event annually, and the city doesn’t charge a fee. It’s completely donation based," said Bernard Powell, one of OPHIR’s Core members.

"We wanted to do something to ensure that funding for next year’s Ghost Walk is secure."

OPHIR will be conducting paranormal investigations that will be open to both the public, and other paranormal research groups.

To do this, OPHIR has worked out a deal with Independence. OPHIR will be granted access to the locally famous Lenora’s Ghost for 4 nights in October and they will make tickets available for purchase to allow both novice and seasoned investigators the chance to conduct their own investigations in Lenora’s Ghost and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Ghost Walk.

Many are familiar with the locations legend, it is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who jumped to her death through the buildings skylight upon hearing the news of her lover’s death overseas during World War l ...a bloodstain is said to still be visible in the dining area of the floor.

OPHIR was founded in 2007 and has been active in the area ever since. They teach a course (introduction to paranormal research) at Chemeketa Community College and are an Oregon registered not for profit, public benefit group.

"We hope everyone is able to come out in support of the town, and have a frighteningly good time in the process," added Powell.

Tickets can be purchased through their site by clicking the button at the bottom right side of the main page or by visiting ( Contact OPHIR by using the contact us tab on their site:; see them on Facebook at TeamOPHIR.

So far, dates for Lenora's Ghost in Independence are October 19th and 20th, and the 26th and 27th. Each day consists of 2 tours, the first starting at 7pm until 10pm, then the second starts at 11pm and goes until 2am.

Only 20 guests will be allowed per tour. Guests will be allowed to conduct their own paranormal investigations on the premises. Paranormal enthusiasts can bring their own equipment, or they can use some of the equipment we will be furnishing such as IR and Full Spectrum video cameras, digital audio recorders, EMF meters, laser grids etc. Tickets are $25.

We are also working with Spirit Expeditions in Salem. We will be sharing office space at Mission Mill and will be heading a public investigation of the Mill on Sunday October 21 from 6 to 11 pm as a fundraiser for the Mill Museum. Only 40 spots are available to that event in total.

Bernard Powell

is a local author and independent publisher; a devout student of religion, mysticism and the language of occult symbolism. He has had a life-long interest in all branches of the paranormal; and is also the founding member of a Salem-based paranormal research society called OPHIR (Occult & Paranormal House of Investigational Research).

You can visit their site at or you can contact him directly at:

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Jose October 21, 2012 6:35 am (Pacific time)

There really are not many apcsets of the paranormal where you can make a career out of. Most investigators do what they do for free and do not charge for their services. They do it on an out of pocket basis or Pro bono (for free). Most paranormal research teams have day jobs and do investigations on the side usually on weekends. They usually spend their own money for equipment, gas to get there and sometimes lodging expenses. It can be quite costly actually. They are providing a service for those who have concerns of having suspected paranormal activity in their homes .It can be a quite noble venture to be involved in.The really only way to make money in the paranormal field is to either have a best selling book on the subject, a website that caters to the paranormal where you can get paid by advertising or be involved with a production on a paranomal tv show such as Ghost Hunters . My best recommendation is to have a career that will afford you the free time as well as extra money to do such a hobby .And that is what most treat it as , a hobby. Good luck and take care.

Gladys October 5, 2012 11:06 pm (Pacific time)

I love Independence! It's a great old cowboy town. There must be a lot of leftover spirits if the stories I've heard are true!

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