Peck Cemetery Outside of Oakley, Illinois


Peck Cemetery is yet another of those cemeteries that developed a bad reputation in the 1970s and has since been rehabilitated. The cemetery itself is of the typical rural stock, formerly hidden in a wood at the end of a gravel road in the middle of nowhere. Things have changed a little in recent years. […]

Sunset Haven in Carbondale, Illinois


Up until around the mid-1950s, people who could not take care of themselves; orphans, the elderly and infirm, epileptics, and alcoholics, often found themselves on a county farm known as a “poor farm.” A superintendent and his family would look after the residents while the residents earned their keep by farming the land, if they […]

An Intimate History of Mysterious Heartland, Part 1


As our longtime readers know, evolved out of a previous website, Legends and Lore of Illinois ( went online in January 2009 and mainly existed to support and promote our monthly digital newsletter Legends and Lore of Illinois. After a number of years, we began publishing other content on the website that wasn’t […]

University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois


The University of Illinois was established as an industrial university in 1867 and first opened on March 2, 1868. It became the University of Illinois in 1885 and was renamed the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982. As one of the oldest public universities in the state of Illinois, the campus hosts a number […]

Hartford Castle in Hartford, Illinois


“Hartford Castle” is the colloquial name for a mansion that formerly stood on a tract of land just outside of Hartford, Illinois, across the river from St. Louis. The mansion’s actual name was Lakeview, but few besides the original owner referred to it as such. The original owner was a French immigrant named Benjamin Biszant, […]


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