Cab Driver David Riordan is the Keeper of St. Louis' Haunted History

Categories: History

See also: Five St. Louis Ghost Stories That Just Won't Die

During a booked tour this week (Halloween week is busy season for ghost guides), a customer asked Riordan why he doesn't do dinner theater. With a public-policy degree from Duke University, a business degree from Columbia University and a law degree from the College of William and Mary, Riordan knows a good business idea when he hears one.

"I know I can do it," Riordan says. He's still in the planning stages, but Riordan imagines a dinner at Morgan Street Brewery -- who says its on board -- and a show where he punctuates St. Louis history with his sharp, tough sense of humor. "I can talk about anything. It's not just ghosts and spirits: the brewery, steamboats, gangsters."

Until then, the single dad is driving a cab with his family's company to pay for his daughter's tuition at the University of Kansas and his son's at MICDS.

"I do better than other cab drivers because I'm smarter than they are," Riordan says. "I hustle for fares, and when I get someone in the cab, I tell jokes and I engage them so I get really good tips."

Until then, Riordan continues guiding doubleheader tours through St. Louis' haunted underbelly.

"I don't expect we'll see ghosts tonight," he says, "but you can never be quite sure."

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Morgan Street Brewery

721 N. Second St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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Daniel Bramley
Daniel Bramley

Cool article I walked down that alley before and never knew that. I bet he makes a killing as a cab driver doing ghost tours. That's a sweet idea.

Zac Levinson
Zac Levinson

I got better true stories from 63146.... and the Catholic Church can back them up..... no lie

Kathy McBride Thatcher
Kathy McBride Thatcher

His tour is great and full of interesting historical events!!! I'm glad to see RFT giving him some publicity. I wanted to spread the word to friends on fb about this tour but David Riordan isn't on here.

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