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Ghosts in Albany could add up to tourism dollars

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Ghosts or a new industry for Albany. It might be both.

Another group of paranormal investigators recently conducted an investigation at The Bridge House or the visitors center and determined the building is haunted. Now the Convention and Visitors Bureau is talking about a ghost tour that could potentially bring in tourists from out of town.

Shadowy figures caught on camera in the basement of The Bridge House.

"It will make the hair stand up on your arms for sure," said Lisa Riddle, Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Elevator doors that open on their own, employees have heard footsteps that were caught on investigators recorders, but that's not all.

"The alarm to the door has gone off, and the only way to set that alarm off is to push it," said Rashelle Beasley, Center Manager.

"We've heard things, we've seen things, we've been asked a lot of questions but we haven't known for sure so to have them come in an do the investigation and find out for a fact that we do have activity in the building it was exciting," said Riddle.

Dougherty County Paranormal Investigators say they've never had as much activity anywhere. Using dowsing rods they communicated with three spirits including a young boy who likes to play tricks with the elevator.

"He said that he was murdered in this general area because the whole area used to be Civil War encampments, they could have been murdered down at the Flint for all we know," said Jonathan Luke, Dougherty County Paranormal Investigators.

Whether you believe or not, the Convention and Visitors Bureau looks at it as a new industry for Albany, that might bring tourist dollars to local businesses.

"We're planning to create some type of ghost tour. This group and another group in town are doing investigations around town and hopefully we'll be able to all work together and create one nice big ghost tour," said Riddle.

In Savannah, haunted tourism is a two billion dollar industry that employs more than 20,000 people and if it could conjure up guests for Albany hotels and fill restaurant seats, it might mean having a ghost town downtown isn't such a bad idea.

The Dougherty County Paranormal Investigators plans to conduct two more investigations in downtown over the next two weeks at Thronateeska heritage Museum and the old Albany Arts Building.

For more information on the group you can contact them at thedcpi@yahoo.com or on their website at www.thedcpi.com.  Their investigations are conducted free of charge and in confidence, if you don't want anyone to know.

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