In Memory of the Willowbrook Ballroom

By Micah Lee Mowbray The Willowbrook Ballroom burned down a year ago October 28, 2016. The special vibe of Haunted Archer Avenue will never be the same. I drove up to Chet’s Melody Lounge hoping to write a Bloody Mary infused reminiscence of what the Willowbrook meant to me. Chet’s is a throwback, early morning […]

Pat Gauen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Writes on Local Lore

“Generations later, Metro East scary teen lore apparently strong as ever” reporter Pat Gauen proclaims in this latest piece for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. At Mysterious Heartland, we take partial credit for this observation. Gullibility is a hallmark of youth, of course, along with a love of adventure. Hence, two friends and I once paid […]

Interview with Jane Carlson of Forgottonia Photography

Jane Carlson works in public radio and is a freelance writer and photographer. She was born and raised in western Illinois, and has lived there for the last decade. Her photography has been featured in “Midwest Gothic,” “Ninth Letter,” and other publications. For more information, visit Please tell our readers a little about yourself. […]

Historic Monroe Station Burns – Cause Unknown

[] Ochopee, Florida — Historic Monroe Station, an abandoned outpost on the Tamiami Trail running through Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve, burned down Saturday night under mysterious circumstances. I visited the historic landmark while on vacation at nearby Marco Island in the winter of 2014/2015 and was struck by its remote location and interesting history. […]

White Hall at Chanute Air Force Base Under Wrecking Ball

[] Rantoul, Illinois — Local resident and host of Paranormal Geeks Radio Jim Heater has sent us recent photos from the demolition site of White Hall at Chanute Air Force Base. White Hall, one of the largest buildings at Chanute, was built in the 1940s and served as on base housing, offices, a post office, and mess hall. Demolition […]