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||Most of the Haunted Cherokee
Street Tours are approximately 3
hours in length. Public tours are
available April - November each year!
Schedule of 2014 Dates Coming Soon!
||See Schedule Below!
Most tours will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless marked
otherwise. We have additional tours and dates in the
||$25 Per Person
$20 For Children 8-12 Years Old
||St. Louis Curio Shoppe -
2301 Cherokee Street
Parking Available on Cherokee or nearby Streets
|HAUNTED CHEROKEE STREET
TOURS -- COMING SOON!
The Haunted Cherokee Street
Tour from American Hauntings is a
historical tour of the ghosts, ghouls and gangsters that linger
from the history of the famous Cherokee Street District
in St. Louis. A spine-tingling and entertaining trip back in
time from an award-winning tour company that has been offering
history and hauntings tours since 1994!
The Haunted Cherokee Street Tours will begin at the St.
Louis Curio Shoppe, located at 2301 Cherokee Street.
||The Cherokee District first gained
importance in St. Louis history during the 1890s, largely due to
the convenience of the new electric streetcar lines. Two branch
lines of the Union Depot Railroad Company crossed at Cherokee
and California Avenue, creating a transfer point for streetcar
passengers. This ready-made group of potential customers
attracted merchants to the area and they established stores
nearby, marking the beginning of the Cherokee Street District.
Soon, bakeries, stores, repair shops and eateries were lining
the street, stretching all of the way down to the Lemp Brewery,
which had been established years before and was one of the
largest in the city.
|By the early
1900s, the commercial district had become well established. A
number of dry goods stores had opened their doors, along with
groceries, barber shops, shoe stores, tailors, druggists,
dentists, jewelers, photo studios, confectionaries, butchers and
millinery shops. Both Woolworths and S.S. Kresge offered "five
and dime" stores on Cherokee in the early 1920s. J.C. Penney
opened a store in 1936. The Ziegenhein Brothers Livery and
Undertaking Company was located at 2621 Cherokee from 1901 until
about 1940.These buildings play host to antique shops, book
stories, restaurants and taverns today.
Among the early businessmen on Cherokee was Fred Wehrenberg, who
opened his first theater at 1953 Cherokee in 1906. Other
amusements followed, like the Cinderella Theatre in 1915, which
also offered a dance hall and skating rink. The Casa Loma
Ballroom opened on Iowa Avenue in 1940, taking the place of the
ShowBoat Dance Hall. The former ballroom is just one of the many
places along Cherokee that promises ghost stories on the Haunted
Cherokee Street Tour.
Of course, there are few locations on the tour (or in the city
of St. Louis) that have more ghost stories connected to them
than the infamous Lemp Mansion and the Lemp Brewery, which is
located on Cherokee Street.
||Adam Lemp, a
German immigrant who came to St. Louis in the 1830s, introduced
lagered beer to the city and built a brewery on Cherokee Street
in the 1840s. It soon became the largest in the city and later
rivaled Anheuser-Busch as the most popular in the region. His
son, William, took over the business in the 1860s and it was
greatly expanded. In 1869, the nearby Lemp Mansion was built and
served as the family residence and later, company offices. A
string of sudden deaths and suicides cursed the Lemp family and
the brewery was closed during Prohibition. It never re-opened,
but it still stands today and is featured on the tour. The Lemp
Mansion itself is known as one of the most haunted houses in
America and it's believed that family members still linger
within its walls.
Near the Lemp Brewery is the DeMenil Mansion, which was built in
1845 and purchased by Dr. Nicholas DeMenil in 1856. The Greek
Revival mansion soon became a favorite river landmark. In the
1940s, the house became linked to mysterious Cherokee Cave after
the owner moved into the mansion and developed the cave, which
was closed in 1964. Not surprisingly, the mansion has ghosts of
Cherokee Street's Other
The Lemps weren't the only brewers in the area -- the
Cherokee Brewery was located at 2726 Cherokee Street, at the
corner of Iowa, and was built by Theodore and Robert Herold.
Built around 1868, the company began making lagered beer around
the same time as the Lemp family, also storing their beer in the
natural caves under the south side of the city.
The Haunted Cherokee
Street Tours Begin in Summer 2014!
If you have a business on Cherokee Street with a ghost
story, tale of murder and mayhem or unusual history -- we want
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