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, […]

Positive Interests Stem from Folklore and Ghost Stories


We often hear of negativity surrounding places associated with legends and lore: vandalism, trespassing, breaking and entering, drug use and underage drinking. The media loves to associate criminal activity with amateur ghost hunting, as was the case recently with the break in at Ness Church in Litchfield, Minnesota. Interest in folklore, ghost stories, and legend tripping, […]

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 […]

Cemetery Vandalism and You

On April 2, three teenagers were arrested in South Side Cemetery in Pontiac as they were seen trying to tip over a headstone.  Days earlier, as many as 60 headstones had been damaged at the same location.  Here is the local news story: Teens arrested after around 60 headstones damaged at Pontiac cemetery As I will discuss in […]


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