Since 2007, Illinois has lost at least seven destinations popular with legend trippers. Later this year, Peoria State Hospital’s Bowen Building will join this unfortunate list. Each of these locations was a historic building in Illinois, and each was home to popular legends and ghost stories. We very much regret the loss of these irreplaceable landmarks, and hope steps are taken to preserve other historic buildings for future generations to enjoy.
While legend trippers and people interested in folklore and ghost stories are sometimes blamed for causing these buildings to fall into disrepair, nothing could be further from the truth. We want these buildings to remain so we can continue to appreciate their history and the rich lore that grows up around them. In some cases, the history of these locations would have been forgotten had it not been for public interest in their legends and lore.
Fans of Ashmore Estates outside Ashmore, Illinois, for example, have banded together and rescued the building from destruction after two different storms severely damaged it.