Vishnu Springs in Colchester, Illinois

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A once-thriving resort community, Vishnu Springs has captured the imagination of Illinoisans as much in its afterlife as it did in its heyday. What remains of its three-story hotel, once majestic and full of exuberance, has become a haven for students from Western Illinois University looking for a thrill. Some of these unwanted visitors have […]

Spotlight: Vishnu Springs

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Vishnu Springs was a once-thriving resort community. Attracted to the natural spring’s healing properties, an entrepreneur named Darius Hicks inherited the land and built a hotel he called the Capital Hotel. Other people soon arrived to live and work there, but the isolated nature of the resort impeded its growth. During the early 1900s, several […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Hotels in Illinois

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With their rich history and romantic atmosphere, Mysterious Heartland has found that hotels can attract quite a number of ghostly tales. Illinois has several historic hotels dating back to the 1800s, but even more modern establishments are said to be the home of some tortured spirits.  Which one will prove to be the most haunted of […]

Vishnu Springs: Uncover the Mystery!

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Download entire issue (in .pdf) Built by Darius Hicks in 1890, Vishnu Springs has captured the imagination of Illinoisans as much in its afterlife as it did in its heyday. What remains of its three-story hotel, once majestic and full of exuberance, has become a haven for explorers looking for a thrill. Some of these […]

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