Peoria State Hospital’s Other Demolished Building

[] Yesterday, we reported that Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building in Bartonville, Illinois is slated for demolition this year. Loss of this historic (and allegedly haunted) building will be a blow to the community, but it is not the first former Peoria State Hospital building to meet the wrecking ball. In 2007, the Village of Bartonville demolished a […]

Time is Short for Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building

[] Long rumored to be haunted, Peoria State Hospital’s majestic Bowen Building in Bartonville, Illinois may soon join the list of legendary locations lost to the wrecking ball. According to WMBD News, Bartonville’s board of trustees approved a $400,000 loan earlier this month that will cover the cost to demolish the Bowen Building. The village hopes […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Western Illinois

Western Illinois, or “the Tract,” has a peculiar and unique history. Politically and economically isolated from the rest of the state, this region was nicknamed after the Illinois Military Tract of 1812, which was a section of land set aside for veterans of the War of 1812. Prior to the 1970s, there were only five […]

Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois

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 […]

Sylvia Shults Takes Us Inside Fractured Spirits

Sylvia Shults’ new book, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital was released this spring by Dark Continents Publishing. The asylum in Bartonville has long been an acknowledged hotspot of paranormal activity, due to what Shults calls “a perfect storm” of circumstances that can lead to supernatural occurrences. Fractured Spirits is a fascinating look […]