West Baden Springs sets Twilight Tours

History comes alive on August 26, September 16.

Step back in time and meet costumed characters from the historic hotel’s colorful past

You can rub shoulders with some of the rich, famous and notorious guests who visited West Baden Springs during its heyday in the early 1900s during Twilight Tours at the National Historic Landmark hotel. Twilight Tours will be offered at 7 p.m. on Aug. 26 and Sept. 16.

West Baden Springs attracted the rich and famous from around the globe during the early 20th century as people sought out the healing mineral springs. The Twilight Tour features costumed characters representing famous guests—including golfer Walter Hagen, mobster Big Jim Colosimo, palm reader Mademoiselle Louise, the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, silver screen cowboy Tom Mix, famed defense attorney and civil libertarian Clarence Darrow, and other characters—who give visitors a lively picture of the place, sharing their impressions of the hotel, the mineral springs “cures” they follow, and the social life of the time.

The 75-minute tour begins at 7 p.m. and ends well before 10 p.m.—the hotel’s universal bedtime during its heyday.

The cost is $15 ($14 for Indiana Landmarks members) and $10 for children 13 and under.

Reserve tickets online at

WHAT:  Twilight Tours at West Baden Springs take visitors on a tour of the hotel’s colorful history.

WHEN:  Aug. 26 and Sept. 16. The 75-minute tours begin at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  West Baden Springs Hotel, 8538 West Baden Ave., West Baden Springs, IN 47469 (one mile north of French Lick in Orange County)

WHO:  Staged by Indiana Landmarks, with actors portraying some of the famous and infamous people who stayed at the hotel in the early 20th century.

COST:  $15 per person ($14 for Indiana Landmarks members); $10 for children 13 and younger.

RSVP:, Sandi Woodward, French Lick-West Baden Program Coordinator, 866-571-8687,

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Sandi Woodward, Indiana Landmarks French Lick – West Baden Program Coordinator, 866-571-8687 (toll free) or 812-936-5870,


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