- In order to capitalize on the Josh Duggar scandal, GoldLine Tours of
Hollywood, in conjunction with the City of Springdale, is offering guided bus
tours that focus on notorious sites featured in TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and the child molestation scandal of Josh Duggar. Springdale’s mayor, Doug Sprouse, explained that a
steady influx of tourists and curiosity seekers prompted him to contact the
tour bus company in hopes of benefiting at least financially from hordes of
onlookers in the Springdale area.
wife and I had just returned from L.A. and I remembered how much we enjoyed the
tour of celebrity homes," said the mayor. "I figured this would be a
great opportunity to generate some much-needed revenue for our fair city."
$29.95 each ($15.95 for children under twelve), sightseers can board luxury
buses at various hotels in the Springdale area and embark on an exciting
ninety-minute tour of locations associated with the child abuse cases. The
buses pass by notorious sites such as the home of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
and their 19 children, the first house that Josh and Anna lived in as newlyweds,
and the police headquarters where Jim Bob allegedly took Josh one year after
the molestations came to light.
of the tour include photo ops in front of the famous Duggar home where the unreported
molestations took place ten years ago and the infamous hill featured at the
beginning of each episode, down which the children gleefully run along with one
on bouncing on Josh’s shoulders. The tour is followed by a picnic lunch (cost
included in the ticket price) in the parking lot of the used car dealership
that Josh once owned before taking his post with the Family Research Council in
can't believe we're really here!" exclaimed one tourist, Mindy Feingold,
who drove 20 hours with her husband, David, and their two children from White
Plains, New York. "It looks just like it did on television!"
were going to take the kids to see their uncle's name on the Viet Nam Memorial
in Washington," said David Feingold. "But, historically, this is much more significant." His
children concurred. "It was fun, Daddy!" they said in unison.
Feingold playfully ruffled his son's hair. "And Jonathan here says he
wants to have his own reality show someday. Doncha, slugger!"
tourist response has been phenomenal," reported Mayor Sprouse. "It's
going to be a real money-maker—much more than the actual reality show ever
to the huge influx of tourists, Six Flags Corporation CEO, Mark Shapiro, has
indicated an interest in opening a large theme park in the Springdale area.
"The tourist season hasn't even begun yet, and the head counts look pretty
impressive," said Shapiro. "Interest in the Duggar molestation
scandal could certainly give [nearby] Warm Springs a run for their money."
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