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Ghostly patrons are said to hang out at Bobby Mackey's
May 25, 2017
This honky-tonk has a haunted history that will give you the creeps
"If you’re ever in Wilder, Ky. and feel like stopping for a cold one at Bobby Mackey’s Music World, you’re likely to hear some great country music in one of the region's most historic venues.
"But beware. While the lonely figure saddled up next to you at the bar may look like a regular patron, there’s a chance he's actually one of the honky tonk's many spirits wandering his old stomping grounds.
For years, the venue has attracted both music fans and ghost hunters alike," notes a featured article at Wide Open Country.
Like many creepy stories, the story of Bobby Mackey’s Music World starts with a slaughterhouse. The location at 44 Licking Pike in Wilder was originally the site of a slaughterhouse in the mid-1800s.
Rumor has it, the owner of the slaughterhouse would dispose of just about anything — or anyone — if the price was right. When the slaughterhouse closed, the building sat vacant for several years.
An abandoned slaughterhouse is the perfect setting for eerie happenings and unsavory characters. Unsurprisingly, the building’s basement is rumored to have been the site of several satanic rituals in the late 1800s.
But an entrepreneur named Buck Brady had much more benign plans for the building. In the 1930s, Brady transformed the location into a nightclub called The Primrose Club. But the curse of the building lived on. The Primrose was soon taken over by the Chicago mob.
Distressed and heartbroken over the loss of his livelihood, Brady committed suicide inside the nightclub.
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