Ghost Walk Durango is a small, locally owned and operated business committed to preserving and sharing the rich history of Durango and beyond.
Meet the Team:
Joe Nelson graduated from Wesley College in Delaware with a degree in both History and Business. He has spent the better part of 3 decades living in and exploring Colorado and the surrounding areas. Since moving to Durango in the early 90s, Joe has been an avid member of his community and has acquired a great deal of skill and knowledge about the area and how it came to be. A self-proclaimed history fanatic, Joe has dedicated years to learning, exploring, and researching about Durango and the Wild West. An expert in the local architecture, history of farming, railroading, and settling, and general history of Durango, Colorado, Joe is sure to have some insights into the historical districts of Downtown Durango and the stories, houses...and spirits... that have been left behind that will interest anyone.
Deborah Kelley-Galin, Ph.D. (Art History) is a member of the international Parapsychological Association. Her educational background includes a certificate in Parapsychology from the University of Edinburgh under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Watt, a renowned specialist in the field. In addition, Deborah holds a doctorate in cultural Art History from the University of South Africa and is a long-time member of an interdisciplinary arts organization based in London. She has served on the board of directors since 2019. An accomplished archaeological illustrator, Deborah’s works have been published by the University of Utah Press, the University of New Mexico Press and appear locally in the museum exhibits and associated materials at Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. In addition, Deborah has illustrated informational interpretive exhibit materials for the State of Colorado’s highway system within the Four Corners area. These works include those located at the museum and bookstore of Mesa Verde National Park and the wayside signage outside of Cortez. Located within view of one of the Park’s most culturally significant locations, the roadside exhibit highlights the cultural and natural resources of Wetherill Mesa, named for the early “discoverers” of the region’s world-famous Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites. Working for the National Park Service, Deborah also held positions at Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park. Her informative tours available through Durango Ghost Walk draw upon her vast experience of the cultural resources of our local area and the early narrative histories relating to ghost stories as told within the region.