I found this to be a very interesting story and wonder if the idea will spread to other areas of interest to paranormal tourists.
A recently repealed ordinance now allowing fortune telling, clairvoyant and related activity in Deadwood was put to its first test at Monday’s regular Deadwood City Commission meeting, as commissioners voted unanimously to deny a request from an individual desiring to ghost hunt after dark at Mt. Moriah.
Lacey Rommich of Mobridge, accompanied by her friend Angela Bear’s Heart, addressed the commission, presenting the request to pursue a bit of ghost hunting in Deadwood.
Deadwood City Commissioner Gary Todd said that unfortunately, Rommich’s request came on the heels of the commission’s action to rescind an ordinance regarding fortune telling, which registered opposition to the very thing she was requesting.
“One of the concerns was that we didn’t let activities like this happen in our public cemeteries,” Todd said. “The residents of Deadwood didn’t want these activities to go on in public cemeteries and we have made a commitment that we wouldn’t allow that. Two months ago I would’ve said, ‘Go have some fun.’ But now, I think we made a commitment and don’t allow those types of activities in a public cemetery.”
One of the issues according to Mayor Chuck Turbiville is access to the cemetery after dark. The ghost hunter noted she was new at this and wanted a bit of “ghost stuff” for her YouTube channel. The residents however have expressed concerns about people walking all over the graves. It’s clear that many careless ghost hunters out for a bit of fun are responsible for occasional vandalism and destruction of property. It seems this was what the town of Deadwood wished to avoid. They would rather preserve their history, not degrade it with occult activity. Interesting angle.
Rommich has said she’ll do her investigation during the day. The Commissioner thanked her for at least requesting permission instead of just doing it. You can’t say that for several thrill-seeking ghost hunters who often think it’s their right to check out a supposedly haunted site. This characteristic of a few obnoxious ghost hunters is making communities wary of their presence at historic locations.