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 […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the Illinois Valley


Dotted with small towns and rolling hills, the Illinois River Valley runs 273 miles down from north central Illinois to the Mississippi River near St. Louis. As a major tributary of the Mississippi River, the Illinois River created one of the first areas of the state to be opened up to European settlement. The wilderness […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Libraries in the Midwest


Deep in the dark shelves of a dusty archive, a purple glow materializes into the flickering image of an elderly librarian. One by one, her spectral hands pull the old books from the shelves. This isn’t the opening of a movie, but a haunting scene reenacted at libraries all over the Heartland. At Mysterious Heartland, we […]

Top 10 Creepiest Places in Illinois


As we at Mysterious Heartland know, the Prairie State is a very creepy place! Haunted cemeteries, colleges, abandoned hospitals, roads, forests, and schools abound. But what are the most creepy places in Illinois? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the first in a series of “top 10” places to visit if you are […]


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