BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) - There's a lot of history at the old Harvey House in Belen, and, rumor has it, a few ghosts, too.
The 103-year-old building now used as a museum is opening up some dark doors to visitors this Halloween season. The possibility of getting goose bumps goes to a good cause - preserving the early 20th century structure.
“It’s falling apart every day,” Ronnie Torres said. “Something goes wrong and the funding sources are just getting fewer and fewer.”
Keeping up a century-old piece of New Mexico history isn't easy.
Belen's Harvey House opened its doors in 1910 serving rail passengers a hot meal and the local paper.
“Here is where the Harvey Girls would spend the night,” Torres said during a tour on Thursday.
The Harvey Girls were the face of the chain, keeping the house kept up and making sure no one missed their train.
Now, some believe a few of those Harvey Girls and perhaps a few passengers never left when the doors closed in 1939.
“There seems to be a lot of activity in this one section right here,” Torres said.
Torres, who works for the historic building, is talking about paranormal activity, better known as the presence of ghosts and spirits.
The former mayor of Belen says he's witnessed a part of that activity once before.
“I could hear two women talking, laughing, whatever, and when I went to check, there was no one there," Torres said.
Soon, you could be telling your own ghost story.
Torres is teaming up with experts from Albuquerque to lead tours of the haunted Harvey hallways starting next month.
“Not everybody believes it, but when you see it, it’s very interesting to see that,” Torres said.
The museum is used to attracting history buffs, and now Torres says he's excited to see a new crowd explore the building.
“It brings a different type of people into the Harvey House,” Torres said. “Other than someone who wants to learn about the Harvey House or the trains or the history, now we have people coming in to look at where the spirits were.”
Whether you believe the stories or not is up to you. Torres does. And he's actually glad to have some company.
“They can take care of the old building while we’re not here,” Torres said.
Because of popular demand, Torres says there will be two different tours. The first will be on Oct. 25; the second on Oct. 26.
The cost is $15, and all funds going back to the museum. The tours will last about 90 minutes.
If you are interested, you better act fast, though. Torres says spots are going fast.
It’s important to know this isn't your typical haunted house. There won't be people jumping out to scare you. You will be spending a lot of time in the dark trying to communicate with the spirits.
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