Illinois’ Top 10 Most Haunted Places

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In 2010, Mysterious Heartland brought you our first top 10 list, the Top 10 Creepiest Places in Illinois. That was by far our most popular list, but since then, we have thought about revising it many times. The list was meant to reflect some of the more interesting and mysterious places in Illinois, not necessarily […]

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Central Illinois

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Central Illinois encompasses a large swath of the state, from the Mississippi River in the west to the border of Indiana in the east. Mostly small towns and farmland, central Illinois also boasts many of our state’s most prominent colleges and universities. Its residents are generally salt of the earth folks. As we at Mysterious […]

Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois

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For years, students and faculty in Western Illinois University’s Simpkins Hall have told stories about phantom children. Many other odd occurrences are attributed to “Harold,” a former janitor or graduate assistant who lurks among the classrooms on the third floor. After classes finish for the day, the disembodied sound of keys jingling, doors opening and […]

Vishnu Springs in Colchester, Illinois

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A once-thriving resort community, Vishnu Springs has captured the imagination of Illinoisans as much in its afterlife as it did in its heyday. What remains of its three-story hotel, once majestic and full of exuberance, has become a haven for students from Western Illinois University looking for a thrill. Some of these unwanted visitors have […]

Spotlight: Western Illinois University

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Western Illinois University began as a teacher’s college. Originally called Western Illinois State Normal School, its classes were confined to one building, now known as Sherman Hall. Sherman Hall was then known by the unimaginative title of “Main Building.” In 1902 the university added a training school to Main Building in order to allow its […]

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