[Zoom Event] Spokane's Scariest Stories, as told by Chet Caskey

Join us for a spooky night with local legend and ghostologist, Chet Caskey. He'll be telling us some of his favorite Spokane-centric ghost stories. As a special treat, we'll have a slideshow featuring the work of the artists of Pottery Place Plus from their October "Spookane" installation on the Mezzanine Gallery.

We'll post the Zoom link shortly before the event. 

About Chet Caskey: 

Chet Caskey’s background as an attorney from New Orleans of over 40 years well suits him and his partner-wife Cathy to their post-retirement business of Spokane Ghost Tours. Caskey taught law classes abroad for Tulane University for nearly 20 years, and his professional practice in Private International Law took him to many corners of the globe and exposed him to the spiritual beliefs and practices of diverse people on five continents. When a rare and supposedly “untreatable” disease forced him into early retirement and brought him and Cathy to Spokane in January 2006, the couple was immediately struck with the lack of written resources and public-interest programs concerning Spokane’s Folk Lore and entertaining Social History. The materials available were either dry academic historical accounts or early Spokane “Subscription Biographies” in which the rich and famous sponsored their own versions of their

accomplishments and left out the darker details – such as the facts that Louis Davenport was the first president of the Spokane Anti-Chinese League, ran a bordello on the 5th floor of his downtown hotel, and operated an illegal “speakeasy” in the hotel’s basement during the 19 years of Washington’s Prohibition Era. Moreover, Spokane’s early histories rarely spoke of the City’s history with Native Americans – and for good reason: it was shameful. While serving as the Fairmount Association’s historian for it’s five large community cemeteries for 4 1⁄2 years, Caskey authored Guide to Spokane’s Historic Cemeteries (Gray Dog Press, 2012), and because of demands for ghost stories during historic tours of the cemeteries, he followed

this first book up with Haunted Spokane: Ghosts & Dark Places in the Lilac City (Inland Cascadia, 2013). In 2012, the Caskey’s re-organized their cemetery and ghost tours as Two Dog City Tours. Today, the small company offers walking and bicycle ghost tours in Downtown Spokane and the Hillyard Neighborhood, and through Inland Empire Tours offers seven different two-hour bus ghost tours of Spokane’s cemeteries and many of its neighborhoods. In new programs with Dr. Eugene Flynn – another “recovering” attorney – the company has begun offering Victorian seancés, and with the expertise of the East Washington Paranormal Group - ghost hunting expeditions. Follow-up books published by the Caskey’s include Spooky

Spokane (Inland Cascadia, 2015), Haunted Hillyard (Inland Cascadia, 2018) and Spokane Bedtime Stories (Inland Cascadia, 2019). Caskey hosts a weekly radio Program on KYRS Thin Air Community Radio (92.3 FM), and has served as a program host for Riverfront Park’s historical and ghost story programs. Essentially, however, Chet Caskey is a historian. Since 2012 he has taught American, Washington and Spokane History for the Spokane Community College Act 2 Program. As to the existence of ghosts, Caskey states, “I don’t disbelieve in ghosts. Who can? But I’m just a recontour - a story teller. I believe what people tell me they’ve seen and heard . . . and pass it along.”


Event date: 
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Haunted Spokane: Ghosts & Dark Places in the Lilac City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578127644
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Inland Cascadia Publications - October 27th, 2013

Join your host and tour guide Chet Caskey for an after-hours and behind the scenes look at Spokane's most noteworthy ghost haunts, paranormal venues and serial killer trails.

Spooky Spokane: The Ghosts, Killers and Dark History of the City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943275588
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Inland Cascadia Publications - October 8th, 2015

City historian, ghost guide and paranormal lecturer Chet Caskey has teamed up with Spokane's most respected psychic, Dr. Candess Campbell, to compile this comprehensive guide to the ghosts, notorious murderers and psychopaths that have left their marks-- and spiritual energy-- on places we visit and pass by daily.

Haunted Hillyard: The History & Folklore of Spokane's Oldest Suburb Cover Image
By Chet Caskey, Candess Campbell (Contributor)
ISBN: 9780692949696
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Inland Cascadia Publications - July 1st, 2018

Spokane's "Gothic Historian" Chet Caskey continues his examination of the area's paranormal nooks and crannies with an examination of the Hillyard neighborhood.

Victor & Mytia Komarovsky's Mostly True Spokane Bedtime Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781792312397
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Inland Cascadia Publications - September 24th, 2019

Neither indulging in fine Columbia Valley wines nor splurging on expensive mountain bikes, the obsession of Victor Komarovsky and his wife Mytia has instead been collecting Spokane Bedtime Stories for many years since they immigrated to the city from the United States. What kind of stories?