April 14, 2024
Opened in 1978 the now-famous Bobby Mackey’s is a bucket list location for thrill-seekers and ghost hunters alike.

The mysterious show Paranormal Lockdown came to investigate the haunted Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Kentucky for hidden haunts inside the music entertainment business.

The show aired while the country music “Honky-Tonk” celebrates 40 years of entertainment.

Viewers can see paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman confine themselves inside the nightclub for 72 hours while they search for any evidence of paranormal activity. The show initally aired on Dec. 11, 2-18 at 9 p.m.in season 3 of Destination America.

While looking around Bobby Mackey’s business, they explored a potential “Portal to Hell.” Later in the season, they will go to the Monroe House in Hartford City, Indiana where they uncovered skeletal remains in a previous season.

Bobby Mackey, who owns the business, has not experienced the haunts personally, but over time has grown more used to people investigating the paranormal allegations. On its website, the establishment is called the “Most Haunted Nightclub in America.”

The Train Tracks behind Bobby Macky’s have it’s fair share of activity.

Originally, Mackey opened the business 40 years ago in 1978 with music on his mind. He had worked on a farm then on a railroad before going into music and starting his own business.

While his passion for guitar and music was what started his business, he soon learned of the paranormal stories surrounding his newly purchased property.

“It’s always been about the music for me,” Mackey said.

While preparing to open the business, a boy came and helped Mackey with painting and carpenter work and would talk about paranormal things, Mackey said.

Since then, Mackey has learned more about the suspicion of spirits that surrounds his business.

“At first, I didn’t like it. I was afraid it would make people run away from the business and music, but instead it has brought interested people here,” Mackey said.

In the basement of the nightclub, there are a variety of antiques. After realizing there was an interest from the public to view these objects, Mackey had them collected in a room so that visitors could take a look.

Inside the haunted honky-tonk

Come for the ghosts, stay for the music

-Bobby Mackey

This led to him incorporating haunted tour as a part of his business. They run Sunday through Thursday in the afternoon for two hours. This has continued to expand into the option for visitors to try 5-hour paranormal investigation.

Douglas Hensley came to Mackey, investigated the alleged hauntings and published a book called “Hell’s Gate: The Terror at Bobby Mackey’s Music World” in 2011.

This book looks at the allegations of haunts that have occurred at Bobby Mackey’s Music World and the history of the slaughterhouse and well that are in the basement, Mackey said.

The well was discovered when a hole was chopped in the building’s floor. This led to the discovery that the well had been used to bring alcohol into the previous casino establishment during the time of prohibition, Mackey said.

Mackey still enjoys writing music and continues to record songs. His business slogan connects the paranormal and musical sides of his nightclub.

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