Interview with Jane Carlson of Forgottonia Photography

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Jane Carlson works in public radio and is a freelance writer and photographer. She was born and raised in western Illinois, and has lived there for the last decade. Her photography has been featured in “Midwest Gothic,” “Ninth Letter,” and other publications. For more information, visit http://www.forgottoniaphotography.com. Please tell our readers a little about yourself. […]

Western Illinois University’s Haunted Simpkins Hall

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[Mysteriousheartland.com] For years, students and faculty in Western Illinois University’s Simpkins Hall have told stories about phantom children. Many other odd occurrences are attributed to “Harold,” a former janitor or graduate assistant who lurks among the classrooms on the third floor. After classes finish for the day, the disembodied sound of keys jingling, doors opening […]

Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois

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For years, students and faculty in Western Illinois University’s Simpkins Hall have told stories about phantom children. Many other odd occurrences are attributed to “Harold,” a former janitor or graduate assistant who lurks among the classrooms on the third floor. After classes finish for the day, the disembodied sound of keys jingling, doors opening and […]

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 […]

Top 10 Tales of Witchcraft in Illinois

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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 […]

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