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The Importance of Legend Tripping in College Lore

Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities by Michael Kleen is now available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com! Just in time for the fall, you can own a copy of the first book exclusively devoted to Illinois college folklore and ghost stories. Published by Crossroad Press, Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities is 166 pages and retails […]

Progress Made in Ashmore Estates Repairs

[Mysteriousheartland.com] Earlier this month, a powerful storm tore through eastern Coles County, Illinois, home to Ashmore Estates. The former almshouse and hospital for the developmentally disabled was directly in the storm’s path and sustained heavy damage to its new roof. Undeterred, owner Robbin Terry vowed to forge ahead an make repairs. Brad Klinge, formerly of […]

Illinois’ Lost Destinations

[Mysteriousheartland.com] The removal of Morgan Cottage at Manteno State Hospital in Kankakee County, Illinois has added one more landmark to the list of allegedly haunted places lost to legend-trippers over the past two decades. Some, like Alonzi’s Villa in Brookfield, the Lindbergh School on Shoe Factory Road in Hoffman Estates, and Sacred Heart Chapel at […]

Ashmore Estates Damaged by Second Storm

[Mysteriousheartland.com] On Sunday, June 7, 2015, a powerful storm tore through eastern Coles County, Illinois, home to Ashmore Estates. The former almshouse and hospital for the developmentally disabled was directly in the storm’s path and sustained heavy damage to its new roof. The damage included a total loss to the portion of the roof over […]

The Real Story Behind Elva Skinner and Ashmore Estates

Late last week, our site traffic spiked with visitors flocking to this article about Elva Skinner and Ashmore Estates, which was published in June 2012. Whenever something like that happens, I like to find out why, and a recent post at bumpinthenight.net was brought to my attention. The post advertised an upcoming overnight event at […]