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Carbondale After Dark: An Underground History of SIU

The following is not a fable — it all really happened and it has no morals.” I first became aware of H.B. Koplowitz’s Carbondale After Dark and Other Stories while I was doing research on Southern Illinois University for a book on the legends and lore of Illinois colleges. Carbondale After Dark was first published […]

Henry, the Ghost of Shryock Auditorium

From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. Shryock Auditorium is located on the Old Campus of Southern Illinois University. The auditorium was constructed in 1917. This historic building features strong Roman architectural influences in Neoclassicism. The auditorium was dedicated to the university’s fifth president, Henry William Shryock, who served the university […]

Sunset Haven Demolished!

Another landmark is destroyed as bulldozers level one of the few remaining almshouses in Illinois Carbondale, Illinois (mysteriousheartland.com) — Between October 25-27th, a crew from Southern Illinois University dismantled one of the few remaining almshouses in Illinois. Known as Sunset Haven, “Building 207,” Vivarium Annex, or just the “old asylum,” this rectangular red-brick building has attracted […]

Southern Illinois University’s Gate to Hell

From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. Mysterious, secret places exist on many college campuses, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is no exception. One evening our ghost hunting group was conducting a training exercise near the “Old Main” area of campus. We each had a Ghost Meter and were scanning […]