Updated: Feb 20



Today's story is of a local legend. A name every Kanawha Valley resident recognizes instantaneously. Aqualung.


I first heard of Aqualung, I was just a little girl. My parents had let me watch a movie titled "Down and Out in Beverly Hills", in which Nick Nolte played a street person. As his character appeared on our family television, my dad (always ready to chime in with local fun facts) interrupted pausing the movie. He proceeds to tell us how this character is based on a real person and this person happens to reside right here in little ole Charleston, WV, Aqualung.


My father, ever the storyteller, shared all of the local rumors. He was said to actually have been a lawyer and that he had plenty of wealth- his decision to live on the street was a choice. People told of him writing in a secret language using unfamiliar symbols. There is even gossip about Aqualung helping the Charleston Police Department solve a murder when he came upon evidence tossed in a dumpster and turned it in to the authorities.


Aqualung had actually gained his popular nickname for his resemblance to the man on the cover on the Jethro Tull album, but the tales that surround Aqualung are countless. What we do know is that his real name was Bill Dunn. He liked being left alone and baseball. Aside from these facts, few ever got to know the man behind the legend. In a way, he is as mysterious now as he was when I was a child riding in the car past him pushing his cart around the streets of downtown. Bill disappeared some years ago, no one has claimed to have heard from him or seen him. I can find no evidence of his passing. We may never know if he is still walking around today, but I like to think if he is here, his preference is to still be left alone.


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Six months ago, in July of 2021, the concept and creation of Charleston Ghost Tour Company began. With no experience in business or commerce, the company was formed with just a small idea; to share local history, legends, and ghost stories with other curious minds while walking through the beautiful streets of downtown Charleston. The idea was inspired by so many posts on social media and news stories that only focus on the negative scenes in the Kanawha Valley. Anyone that has lived here for a reasonable amount of time would agree, these stories and posts are far from the truth of this stoic city and the mostly friendly residents.


Uncertain of what may come, the opening of Charleston Ghost Tour Company was announced subtly on social media. West Virginia and the entire East Coast responded by blowing the minds of everyone involved in Charleston Ghost Tour Company! People started liking and sharing and before we knew it we had over 1,000 followers on Facebook alone!


As our inaugural ghost walk approached in September, the excitement grew. By the time we finally got to opening night, tours were selling out and we were ready to go! We hosted two tours a night every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through all of September and October. Plus, special events & private tours & parties! Almost every event was at capacity!


We celebrated Thanksgiving with East End tours and by the time December rolled around we were ready to hang up our lanterns and get warm for a bit! We did brave the cold for a New Year's celebration at a 100 year old bank building with Haunted Beckley!


Through everything, we have been welcomed and encouraged every step of the way by the wonderful community that surrounds us. Without the support of our amazing fans, Charleston Ghost Tour Company wouldn't exist. We thank each and every one of you, from the bottom of our hearts.


Charleston Ghost Tour Company has some great events in the works and we can't wait to share them with all of our Ghost Tour Fans a.k.a. Our Boos! Stay tuned for upcoming events being planned with Theresa's Haunted History of the Tr-State, Haunted Beckley & more!


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