Truckee Historical Haunted Tour raises $22K for Trails and Vistas |

Truckee Historical Haunted Tour raises $22K for Trails and Vistas

Truckee¹s 2014 Historical Haunted Tour featured an "Opium Den" under Historic Downtown Truckee's La Galleria, where actors Courtney Thurman and Gary Gunter entertained guests from near and far.
Courtesy Johnstone Studios |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee’s fifth Historical Haunted Tour raised $22,000 for Trails and Vistas, an organization dedicated to merging the creative arts and natural world through annual field trips for third grade students, public art hikes and a world music concert.

The Tour, sponsored by dozens of businesses and produced by Sunshine Tahoe, including host site Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats, took place in mid-October.

Plans are already set for the expected 2015 sellout on Oct. 15 and 16. Tickets will go on sale July 1.

“The Historical Haunted Tour offers a magical experience that celebrates bygone days with highly entertaining and spooky twists,’ said Christina Stoever Young, owner of Sunshine Tahoe. “Infused with humor, scandal and romance, captivating skits leverage incredible acting talent from throughout the Reno, Tahoe and Truckee area.”

Stoever explains that the Tour’s success would not be possible without tremendous support from featured host sites as well as volunteer performers and guides.

The 2014 haunts included favorite places in historic Truckee: BeSpoke, Bluestone Jewelry, LaGalleria, Masonic Lodge 200 (yes ­— Tour attendees actually had the opportunity to experience the Masonic meeting hall in Truckee), The Railroad Depot, Tahoe Oil & Spice, and The Truckee Hotel.

New sites and frights are on tap for 2015.

“Weaving together dramatic characters and stories inspired by times of yore, Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour offers attendees an incredibly interesting peek into history and such a fun night out on the town,” said artist Nancy Tieken Lopez, Trails and Vistas Executive Director.

The dedication of regional businesses and passionate volunteers make the Tour possible.

Donors include Sunshine Tahoe, Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, CoffeeBar, Johnstone Studios, Atypical Design, The Cedar House Sport Hotel, North Tahoe Catering & Ice Sculptures, Rob Retting / SNAP, Squeeze In, North Tahoe Catering, The Hampton Inn and Suites, The Truckee Hotel, Tahoe Donner, Coupe Sixty-One, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and Tahoe TV, Moonshine Ink, The Weekly, 101.5 Truckee-Tahoe Radio, Sierra Sun and many others.


Small groups of visitors and residents are guided to interesting sites where they are immersed in engaging tales performed by talented characters during Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour.

The Tour began as a three-year experiment by Sunshine Tahoe to celebrate historic gems while raising funds for worthy causes, and quickly became a sensation by selling out and attracting a waitlist list every year since inception.

The Tour has raised more than $52,000 since 2009. Tour proceeds provide vital support to local organizations. For more information visit

Also, visit to learn more about Trails and Vistas.

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