WHEN:May through Halloween WHERE: Our Ghost Guide will meet you outside the LOWER STATION OF THE MONONGAHELA INCLINE (see picture, left). Address: 73 W. Carson St., Pittsburgh PA 15222. (not the Duquesne Incline)
ORDER:GO HERETO ORDER.Price: $18 (price includes Incline ride, up and back down). You will not receive a ticket: just give your name to our Ghost Guide at the time of the tour.
IMPORTANT: The tour goes rain or shine; all sales are final and non-refundable. About our tour: gohere.
Welcome to "The Walk of the Doomed" -- Haunted Pittsburgh's Incline Ghost Tour! This is Pittsburgh's campfire where we gather to regale you with the region's greatest ghost stories--in one of the city's most haunted neighborhoods. The Incline Ghost Tour launches outside the lower end of the very haunted Monongahela Incline (the Incline is a short walk from downtown across the Smithfield Street Bridge, turn right onto Carson Street -- ya can't miss it!). From there, we'll lead you to the top of Mount Washington, 369 feet above the city, at a grade of 35 degrees, 35 minutes, on the iconic Monongahela Incline. An acclaimed architectural historian said it best: "The ride up is thrilling, the ride down terrifying; one is obliged to try both."Franklin Toker, Pittsburgh, A New Portrait (2009).*
*The Incline:The Incline is operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County and we have no control over delays associated with it. At the end of the tour, guests are entitled to ride down the Incline without paying, but they must do so within three hours of the time they came up or they might be charged an additional fee by the Port Authority. Once in a while, the Incline is down for repairs and the tour proceeds to Mount Washington on shuttle buses.
Once on top of the Mount, you will take in the spectacular vistas of Pittsburgh's fabled "Golden Triangle" (USA Today's Weekend magazine calls it "the second most beautiful view in America") from one of the region's most haunted neighborhoods, while our Ghost Guide regales you with the chilling tales of Pittsburgh's spectacularly macabre past. This unique, 1½ hour (depending on Incline delays) ghostly jaunt is one of the region's great attractions. We are the border patrol between here and the unknown.
You'll hear the bone-chilling tale of the haunted Incline, and the ghost that torments the staff. The story was told to us by the Incline employee who experienced it.
You'll stop at the haunted Carnegie Library of Mt. Washington, frequented by a bevy of friendly patrons who've crossed over to the other side, but who still hang out at the library they once called home. The Library happens to sit directly above the cursed Wabash Tunnel.
You'll see our star attraction -- the former Soffel home (below right), haunted by the ghost of Mrs. Soffel (played by Diane Keaton in the film Mrs. Soffel), who became a national sensation when she helped two vicious prisoners escape after falling in love with one of them (played by Mel Gibson in the film). She's not the only ghost in there -- there are at least two others.
You'll walk past the "cursed" church (below) that kept burning down as a result of Andrew Carnegie's generosity.
And from Mount Washington, we can do something no other walking ghost tour in America can do -- our vantage point allows us to show you things it would be humanly impossible to walk to.
You'll stroll down Shiloh Street and hear about the malevolent spirit who likes to steal things from innocent children. You'll also hear the other-worldly tale about -- brace yourself -- the Haunted Toaster of Mount Washington that made "ghost toast" (yes, you read that right). You'll hear about the spirit that saved the life of flamboyant pianist Liberace on a visit to Pittsburgh; the ghost of Byers Hall; and the other-worldly premonition about the death of the incomparable Roberto Clemente.*
*Stories may vary.
We aren't a seasonal Halloween gimmick; we're an all-year endeavor, and we do our walking tours from May through October.
On our tours, you will not encounter actors donning "period" costumes and trying out silly English accents that fade in and out as the evening wears on; nor will actors wearing goofy make-up jump out of the bushes to scare you; and door knobs most assuredly do not transform into the face of Jacob Marley. We have no desire to give your heart a jolt; we much prefer to give your spine a tingle. This is the real deal: we tell good old-fashioned ghost stories, creepy tales--yarns that will get under your skin and leave you feeling a tad uneasy before you shut out the light to go to sleep. Our stories are too good to embellish with cheap theatrics.