Save Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building from the Wrecking Ball

Peoria State Hospital's Bowen Building in Bartonville, Illinois. Photo by Michael Kleen

By Sylvia Shults A lot of ink has been spilled in the years since 1973, when the Peoria State Hospital closed its doors. People either love the hospital or they loathe it. And either of these positions is held with grim tenacity and furious passion. Now the Bowen Building, the public face of the PSH, is […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Murder Scenes in Illinois

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A murder is always traumatic, leaving behind physical and emotional scars that remain in the community for years. Every once in a while, however, a homicide leaves behind psychic scars, and ghost stories grow up around the murder scene. These stories help preserve popular memory of these traumatic events for generations. Mysterious Heartland has browsed […]

Interview with Janette Marie, Creator of For the Incurable Insane

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Janette Marie started college as a Marine Biology major but quickly learned that she wanted to study film and earned her BA in Cinema and Photography in 2007. Long before she decided to pursue the arts, she was interested in photography. Even in high school, she brought her film cameras and video camera nearly everywhere. […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois

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Illinois is a very haunted state, from Chicagoland’s famous hitchhiking ghost, Resurrection Mary, to the ghost of “Old Book” at Peoria State Hospital, to the Headless Horseman of Lakey’s Creek. Some have argued that Illinois is one of the most haunted states in the country, and there are several towns and cities that claim to […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Western Illinois

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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 […]

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