Those Who Desire

Exploring the uncommon, lost, often difficult histories of the Bayou City

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Downtown "Ghost" Tour

  • Allen's Landing 1000 Commerce Street Houston, TX, 77002 United States (map)

A Walking Tour of Uncommon History in the Heart of the Bayou City

In 1836, Houston founders Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen stepped out of a boat onto the banks of Buffalo Bayou, staked their claim, and shortly executed the first of many shady business deals in Houston’s history. From that first real estate scam, a whole city was born.

Those Who Desire is a project taking an uncommon, and critical look at Houston’s well-known histories, and delving into its lost, often difficult ones. This walking tour is a fundraiser benefiting the upcoming Those Who Desire bus tours next Spring.

The tour is Pay What You Can (suggested donation is $20).

Join this walking tour through the oldest part of the city, and confront the “ghosts” of its forgotten, and ignored past. While not a literal ghost tour (though at least one of the sites is known to have a specter), the tour does deal with adult topics including slavery, murder, police violence, lynchings, prostitution, drug and alcohol use. There is also a fair bit of humor, and a few stops at bars along the way.

Topics explored on the tour include:

  • Real estate scams
  • Outdated political designations, and cultural identity
  • Rich guys taking advantage of poor people
  • Bartenders sleeping with jocks
  • SEX, DRUGS and ROCK & ROLL!!!

…and so much more!

Reservations are REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30pm

At the corner of Main Street and Commerce Street, at the foot of the Main Street Bridge. Street Parking (free after 6pm), and Lot Parking (Paid) available all over the place, or better yet, take the MetroRail - it stops at UH Downtown, at the top of the bridge.

Approximately 2 hours. Total walking is about 1.5 miles

Pay What You Can! (Suggested donation is $20)


The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses, and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.



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