Illinois’ Decade of Lost Legends


[] Since 2007, Illinois has lost at least seven destinations popular with legend trippers. Later this year, Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building will join this unfortunate list. Each of these locations was a historic building in Illinois, and each was home to popular legends and ghost stories. We very much regret the loss of these irreplaceable landmarks, […]

Illinois’ Lost Destinations


[] The removal of Morgan Cottage at Manteno State Hospital in Kankakee County, Illinois has added one more landmark to the list of allegedly haunted places lost to legend-trippers over the past two decades. Some, like Alonzi’s Villa in Brookfield, the Lindbergh School on Shoe Factory Road in Hoffman Estates, and Sacred Heart Chapel at […]

Morgan Cottage at Manteno State Hospital Demolished


[] Rumors that Morgan Cottage at Manteno State Hospital in Kankakee County, Illinois has been torn down may finally be true. Morgan Cottage was the last remaining abandoned building on the former mental hospital campus. For years, urban explorers, vandals, and amateur paranormal investigators sought out the building as the last remnant of the old […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Insane Asylums in the Midwest


From desolate cottages choked with weeds, to towering Victorian Gothic edifices, to musty tunnels snaking under the lawn, the abandoned sanitariums, reformatories, and asylums of the past practically invite fantastic stories. When many of these old institutions were shut down or decommissioned in the 1980s, they were overtaken by former patients and inmates, amateur photographers, […]

Manteno State Hospital in Manteno, Illinois


Manteno State Hospital, one of two such facilities in Kankakee County, opened its doors in the early 1930s. It took several years after the purchase of the property in 1927 for the sprawling mental hospital to be completed. Like Peoria (Bartonville) State Hospital, Manteno was laid out in a “cottage plan,” which meant that the […]


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