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Historical walking tour slated for Oct. 20

Anyone with an interest in history will enjoy the History Mystery Walking Tour on Oct. 20.

Hosted by the 13th Street District, people will go on a 90-minute excursion with Riverside Cemetery historian Dorrie Tammin.

Christine Isom, 13th Street District board member, said the board has done a lot of research about similar events happening in other parts of Marshalltown and in other communities.

“We had seen walking tours in Riverside Cemetery were successful and towns had success with them,” Isom said. “It’s a fun way to get to know your community and the history behind some neighborhoods in your town.”

She said Tammin will tell spooky stories of Marshalltown yore and reveal more information about the skeletons hidden in the 13th District’s closet. There will be tales about the Braddy family, the Seberg Pharmacy and about Marshalltown’s first official death.

Isom said if good enough feedback is received, the board will talk about doing similar events.

“First we are seeing if there is interest and we are starting there,” she said.

The event will kick off at 3 p.m. at the Echo sculpture in the 13th District. Isom said people should dress for the weather.

“Wear comfortable walking shoes,” she said. “If there is rain, we have a location where we will go. We will still get all of the stories but without the walking.”

In the event of rain, the History Mystery Walking Tour will take place at 229 N. Thirteenth Street. Watch the 13th Street District Facebook page for notifications.

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