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5 Most Mysterious Ghost Towns in the Midwest

Mostly reserved for the dusty roads of the old West, ghost towns do not often come to mind when you think of the American Midwest. The Heartland, however, is filled with former towns and villages that, for whatever reason, never made it. Some disappeared when railroads connected to more prosperous towns. Some died out when […]

Top 10 Witch Graves in the Midwest

Though tales of witchcraft are rare in the American Heartland, nearly every state has a remote, rural cemetery in which a witch is said to be buried. In the distant past, legends say, a recluse or eccentric woman was put to death for practicing magic and the community tried to cover it up. To this […]

The St. Omer “Witch’s Grave”

By Michael Kleen St. Omer Cemetery and the small, defunct village of the same name probably would have been forgotten a century ago had it not been for one unusual family monument and a misprinted date. As is often the case in Coles County, these peculiar circumstances gave birth to an obscure but enduring legend. […]

Top 10 Tales of Witchcraft in Illinois

While many historians have been quick to dismiss tales of witchcraft as “superstitions of the past,” these stories have been told in the Prairie State throughout its history, from the very first French settlers until the present day. This month, we at Mysterious Heartland have scoured newspaper archives and dusty volumes to bring you some of the […]