This is more of an experience than a tour. Four major conductors in the UGRR, dress in character and walk you through the city’s major locations, where, in the 1840s and 50s, was a hotbed of abolitionist sentiment and where thousands of fugitive slaves were spirited in secret to various “stops,” then onto awaiting boats to take them to freedom—less than a mile away in Windsor, Ontario. I’m a native Detroiter and this was my second time on the tour; it was that good! Read more
Notorious 313: Haunted 6th Precinct Tour
October 7 Update: This tour is SOLD OUT. Thank you everyone!
Is a malicious spirit imprisoned in the former 6th Precinct and tied to sinister events which occurred inside this building that once served the community for over 75 years? Find out for yourself on this unique and rare opportunity to tour a historic building identified as one the “most terrifying places” by the Travel Channel.
Check out this video(opens in a new tab) for testimonials and a glimpse into this terrifying place!
Discover the fascinating history of this once prominent Detroit police precinct
Explore an abandoned municipal building/jail currently featured on the Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places”
Support the restoration of a historic 1930’s-era building
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October 7 Update: This tour is SOLD OUT. Thank you everyone!
6% booking fee added to online orders. You can avoid the booking fee by purchasing tickets via phone.
Group Discount: $3 off tickets for groups of 10 or more. Call 313-757-1283 for group purchases.
5 pm, 7:30 pm
Historic 6th Precinct – Front Steps Entrance
6840 McGraw Street
Detroit, MI 48210
Friday, Saturday nights
(September 25 – October 31)
Private group tours can be booked outside these dates and times. Please call 313-757-1283 for availability.
30 people max, divided into small groups
- 18 and over due to adult historical themes.
- Must be able to climb stairs.
- Not fully heated so dress for the weather.
- Covid masks required.
- Signed liability waivers and media/photo released required of all attendees.
Admission, guided historic tour, coffee & donuts, photo opps
What to bring
Wear closed-toed walking shoes. High heels and sandals are not safe. Due to Covid-19, proper wearing of masks throughout the tour is a requirement.
Staff for tour
6th Precinct Tour is led by our history and true crime loving guides.
Tour tickets are non-refundable. If you’re unable to attend, please feel free to pass on tickets to friends or family.
You can always call us to see if we have anyone on the waiting list. While we don’t guarantee it, we may have someone interested in purchasing your tickets if we’re sold out.
Are you a true crime addict? Do you like to explore old buildings, especially ones that have been abandoned? Are you into ghosts and want to experience an “active” location? If so, then this tour is for you!
If walls could talk, boy would this 1930s-era Detroit police precinct have stories to tell! Throughout its 75 years in service, the Sixth Precinct (known as The McGraw Station) saw its share of murder, mayhem, crooks, corruption, graft, civil unrest, and more.
A few examples: Local residents walking in and admitting to heinous crimes. Rioters storming the precinct to gain the release of prisoners. Anonymous tips alerting officers of bombs placed around the building’s perimeter. Pissed off crooks shooting out the station’s palladium windows. National Guardsmen crouched in the main lobby returning fire to snipers on the rooftops across the street during the 1967 Civil Unrest. Neighborhood numbers games and other morality crimes run by none other than precinct beat cops and higher-ups. Not only did this building house the Detroit gang squad at one time, but it also housed famous gangsters including members of the Purple Gang and Mafia dons. On a tragic note, it’s believed that throughout the decades, over a dozen prisoners and police officers died by suicide in this building.
As if the 6th Precinct’s history wasn’t fascinating enough, dozens of paranormal groups claim sinister spirits lurk within and have come and witnessed unexplained phenomena such as touching by unseen entities, flying stones, unattributed whistling noises, temperature changes, etc.
”Terrifying,” possessing “entities of evil intent” and “I would rate this as the scariest place I’ve ever been in my entire life” are just a few ways the 6th Precinct has been described.
For a limited time only, you have the rare opportunity to tour this once abandoned municipal building and jail that was featured on the Travel Channel show “Most Terrifying Places.” View episode here(opens in a new tab).
Feel free to download your favorite ghost tracking app and see what activity you pick up. (If you’d like to participate in a late-night tour and ghost hunt, sign up for our 10 pm “Night In Jail” tour.)
Coffee and donuts, a cop’s fav late hour fare, included on each tour. Devil’s Night and Halloween tours feature extra tricks and treats.
- Your patronage supports the restoration efforts of tech entrepreneur Ed Steele to return this once beautiful building to its former glory and convert it into a Cloud Computing Data Center.
- Tours begin promptly at scheduled times. Due to our small staff, we may not be able to accommodate latecomers.
- Free, well-lit street parking is available on the street adjacent and behind the precinct. City Tour Detroit and Historic 6th Precinct Restoration Project are not responsible for any loss or damage to vehicles or contents.
- This is a historic precinct tour, not a haunted house. The facility may be dimly lit for ambiance, but there will be no gruesome vignettes or people jumping out to scare you. It’s creepy enough, already!
- While the building structure is solid, the interior was stripped by scrappers when it was closed in 2005, so don’t expect a finished interior filled with beautiful architectural elements.
- The heating system in this 26,000 square foot building is limited. If it’s cold outside, it will be cold inside. Dress appropriately.
- While we can relay the stories of ghosts and unexplained phenomena, we can’t guarantee the appearance of ghosts or other supernatural entities. They don’t always like to appear on command.
- All attendees will be required to sign liability waivers and media/photo releases before entering the building.
- No admission to those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are unruly.
- No weapons allowed.
- Covid guidelines will be enforced, so please wait in your car until 30 minutes prior to tour start time. Social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced.
Check out what our guests are saying
Nancy was our guide for the See the D tour. We decided to take a visiting out-of-town relative down to Detroit, but realized we didn’t know much about it despite having lived here all of our lives. Nancy was extremely informative and accommodating. Read more
To be honest, I didn’t have the best impression of Detroit before visiting but Pat at City Tour Detroit changed all that! She was a wonderful tour guide that had so much passion and love of Detroit…it was definitely contagious! I learned so much from her — she had great facts about all the locations we visited. 10/10 Read more
My girlfriend and I took a trip to Detroit and reserved The see the D tour. Our guide Nancy did a great job. She covered a wide range of topics and made the city feel very unique. Read more
This was a very fun activity to enjoy downtown Detroit. The stories are interesting and some are quite grim. I think that much of the enjoyment is dependent upon how well the group interacts and plays along with the tour guide. This 2.5 hr tour on foot is very easy to walk. Read more