The Stump Pond Monster

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From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. Strange creatures and monsters are common in southern Illinois. One of the oldest stories was first reported in from Stump Pond. In 1879, a man was fishing from his boat on Stump Pond when he noticed a very large submerged object was plowing through […]

The Phantom Spectre Hunter

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From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. In the mid-1700s, a mysterious entity was often seen on dark and stormy nights near the Cahokia Indian Mounds. When lightning flashed, frightened travelers would see a tall man dressed in sackcloth carrying a powder horn on his wildcat skin belt. They called it […]

Boomer the Three Legged Hero Hound

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From History, Mystery, and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce Cline. Across from the boardwalk in Makanda next to a picnic shelter by the railroad tracks you will find a monument to a hound dog named Boomer. The inscription on the monument reads: “In memory of Boomer the hound dog. Tradition says he dashed his […]

Henry, the Ghost of Shryock Auditorium

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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 […]

Mysterious Heartland’s Most Popular Top 10 Lists

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Over the past several years, Mysterious Heartland has published dozens of top 10 lists concerning haunted places all over Illinois and the Midwest. From haunted restaurants, churches, parks, and more, we seem to have covered every conceivable topic. These lists have been very popular with our readers, but what are the most well-read of them […]

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