Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois

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The ruins of Bartonville Asylum, or as it is more commonly known, Peoria State Hospital, are located west of Peoria in the small town of Bartonville, which lies directly across the Illinois River. Troy Taylor popularized this location via several books including Haunted Illinois (1999, 2004) and Haunted Decatur Revisited (2000), although it had long […]

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Top 10 Most Haunted Hospitals in Illinois

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Hospitals, perhaps more than any other building, witness the pains of human existence on a consistent basis. Birth, death, illness, despair, and even insanity are experienced by thousands of patients over many decades within their walls. Maybe this is why hospitals are some of the most haunted places in Illinois. But which is the most […]

Head 2 Head: Pemberton Hall vs. Peoria State Hospital

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Locations: Pemberton Hall in Charleston versus Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville. Histories: Pemberton Hall is the oldest all-female dormitory in the state of Illinois and was the brainchild of Livingston C. Lord, president of Eastern Illinois University from 1899 to 1933. The old-English look and feel of the dormitory was well suited for its first […]

Public Speaks Out on Peoria State Hospital

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For decades, Peoria State Hospital sat abandoned, collecting dust and ghost stories, and deteriorating from vandalism and neglect. In the past several years, however, efforts have been made to save and restore the Bowen Building, the main building at the Peoria State Hospital complex. These efforts have included opening up the property to films and […]

For the Incurable Insane

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For the Incurable Insane is a forthcoming documentary produced and directed by Janette Marie Washington. Originating as a Senior Thesis, this feature-length documentary tells the history of the abandoned insane asylum, the Peoria State Hospital in the village of Bartonville, Illinois. Highlighted are the lives of the forgotten patients and revolutionary advocate, Dr. George Zeller. […]

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