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Published on October 10, 2017 3:44PM

A Tour To Die For • Photo by Cody Cha

A Tour To Die For • Photo by Cody Cha

Lincoln City’s Pioneer Cemetery is a spooky place after dark. But there will be safety in numbers on Friday, Oct. 20 when the Newport 60+ Adventure van heads north to experience A Tour To Die For.

The living history event introduces guests to six of the hilltop cemetery’s permanent residents, including Jack Liswig, a properly trained entertainer from Finland; Ida Liswig, who once resided in the first Taft school and built her house out of a giant cedar tree; Matt Kangas, a homesteader who lived in a chicken coop after his house was crushed; Anna and Matt Neimi; who shared a house with their relatives for many years; and Tonia Hespack, who could walk from the Siletz River to the Oceanlake Dance Hall for a night of dancing, then make it home in time to feed the chickens in the morning.

The tour begins at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in Lincoln City, where guests fortify themselves with cookies and hot chocolate, before boarding a bus and enjoying Native American stores and legends on the way to the cemetery. In the event of inclement weather, an indoor tour will take place at the museum.

The trip on the 60+ Adventure Van costs $10 per person. Each guest will also need to buy their own tickets online for the 6 pm tour on Friday, Oct. 20. Adult tickets are $25. For more information about the tour, or to buy tickets online, go to http://TourtoDieFor.com.

The van will leave Newport at 4:30 pm and return at about 9 pm. For more information, or help purchasing a ticket online, drop by the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, or call 541-265-9617.

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