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Illinois mystery sites

Strange things happen in Illinois. I often take short trips to visit some of the mysterious locations throughout the state. I started this map so I could gauge where these places are. I also learned of many new places and hope the map helps you too. The map is more of a general marker than a detailed description of each spot. Research those that you find interesting, there are lots of books and other websites that can tell you more. I am updating this map often so come back and see what new mysteries have been discovered.
Please email me with anything I should include. Link above
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Hull House
800 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60607, US
The Devil baby of Hull House is said to haunt this old manor. Now a historic site open to the public.
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Grave of the Chesterville Witch
The cemetery can be found by turning north at Chesterville and then taking the fork in the road to the right. Follow that road across the bridge to the cemetery.
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Seven Gates To Hell
Collinsville, IL 62234
Bridges throughout the area are reputed to be gateways to hell. Future trip is planned check back for exact locations.
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Albino railroad tracks
Cars are pushed across the tracks by unseen hands
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Axeman's Bridge
As you pass the new bridge over the small creek look to the east to see the remains of the Axeman's bridge. A man killed his family and disposed of the bodies at this bridge. Many have reported phantom screams in the night and even the sound of an axe spliting wood.
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The Demon butcher of Palos Park
The grave of "Butcher" the Cannibal butcher of Palos Park lies here though his head is said to be located at nearby Indian Hill under the fire pit, now known as Children's Farm
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The Gate
Legend states that the gate marked the entrance a girls finishing school in the early 50's. The Pricipal allegedly killed four students and placed thier heads upon this gate
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Cahokia mounds
An ancient civilizations of as many as 100,000 people had lived here and constructed more than 120 mounds
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Dickson mounds
Ancient burial mound
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Cave In Rock
River pirates sought shelter and ambush points in this area.
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Hell Hollow
Numerous reports of ill fate are told of this area. Many murders have been documented.
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Devil's Bake Oven
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The Curse Of Kaskaskia
An indian curse came true and wiped out this once thriving state capital.
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Crash site of flight 191
Ghost lights , apparitions and ghostly tourists have been seen in this area
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Old Union Cemetery
Very old and haunted cemetery
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Bigfoot sighting 1912
Effingham, IL 62401
Beaulah Schroat reports that her and her brothers had seen some kind of huge hairy creature near thier home in Effingham. 1912
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Bigfoot sighting 1925
A manlike beast covered in brown fur with the face of an ape spotted near Alton 1925
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Bigfoot sighting 1929
Elizabeth, IL 61028
A creature described as looking like a huge gorilla seen in the woods near Elizabeth. 1929
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Bigfoot sighting 1941
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Reverend Lepton Harpole saw a creature that " Looked something like a baboon " while squirrel hunting. Similar sightingings the following year.
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Bigfoot prints found 1940-1960's
Bethalto, IL 62010
Tracks often discovered along the marshy areas of Indian creek. Creature dubbed the Gooseville Bear
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Bigfoot sighting 1962
Steven Collins reports seeing a large grayish creature looming upright in the water looking at them. It quickly vanished into the woods. 1962
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Bigfoot sighting 1963
Strange creature sighted. Also seen across the river in St. Louis
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Bigfoot sighting 1963
Numerous sightings of a creature that traveled between here and Centerville in May 9-23 1963. Some claim the sightings continued until 1980.
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Bigfoot sighting 1965
A Large manlike ape curiously approached vehicles at an undeveloped area
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Bigfoot sighting 1968
Chittyville, IL
Tim Bullock and Barbara Smith were driving north of town when a ten foot tall creature covered in black hair began throwing dirt at thier car.
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The Farmer City Monster 1970
Farmer City, IL 61842
Sightings from july through august 1970. Several reports of a large hairy manlike beast.
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Cohomo 1972
[3901-3999] Cole Hollow Rd
Pekin, IL 61554, US
Cole Hollow Road monster. Randy Emmert and friends spotted the creature in may 1972. Eight to ten feet tall covered in Whitish hair. It was said to have made a loud screehing sound. Unusual tracks showed three large toes. Over to hundred calls were made to local police about the creature.
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Bigfoot sighting 1973
A bigfoot like creature possibly Cohomo was sighted near creeks east of town.
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Bigfoot sighting 2000
Essex, IL 60935
Andrew Souligne and a passenger spotted a bulky furry shape in thier headlights. It turned towards them and later vanished into the woods. july 2000
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Murphysboro Mud Monster 1973
Randy Needhamand Judy Johnson spotted the beast around midnight on June 25,1973. They were parked near a boat ramp on the Big Muddy River when they heard a noise and saw they creature heading towards them.
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Murphysboro Mud monster 1973
A carnival worker observed the creature checking out some ponies that were a part of the traveling carnival.
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Inn at 835
835 S 2nd St
Springfield, IL, United States
(217) 523-4466
Haunted Hotel.The Inn at 835
835 South Second St - Springfield, IL (212) 523-4466
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Werewolf sighting 1936
Jefferson, WI 53549
A man named Mark Schackelman reportedly encountering a talking wolfman just east of Jefferson, Wisconsin on Highway 18. As he was driving along the road one evening, he spotted a figure digging in an old Indian mound. He looked closer and saw that the figure was a strange, hair-covered creature that stood erect and stood more than six feet tall. The face of the creature boasted a muzzle and features of both an ape and a dog. Its hands were oddly formed with a twisted thumb and three fully formed fingers. The beast gave off a putrid smell that was like “decaying meat”.
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John Wayne Gacy House
8213 W Summerdale Ave
Chicago, IL 60656,
The house has long ago been torn down and the property sat vacant for some time. Today a new house stands on the site and even has a new address to separate it from the horrors that took place here.
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The Enfield Horror
Enfield, IL 62835
An unusual beast was sighted several times by many people during the month of April 1973. It was said to be 4 1/2 feet tall, have short arms coming out of it's breast area and two pink eyes as big as flashlights. It had 3 legs with sharp misshapen claws.
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Werewolf sighting 1964
Dennis Fewless spots a dark brown hairy beast weighing between 400 and 500 pounds and seven to eight feet tall in his headlights. 1964
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Werewolf sighting 1972
A large unknown animal attempts to enter a house. It was said to have long, dark hair, stood about eight feet tall and walked upright like a man. Its arms were long and it had claws on each hand.
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Bray Road Beast 1999
Oct.31 1999. As Doristine Gipson was driving from Elkhorn She felt her car jump as if it hit something. After stoping to see what it was she saw a dark hairy creature running towards her car. She Got back in and drove off as the creature leapt onto her trunk. Being wet the beast slid off as she sped away.
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Bray Road Beast 1990
Heather Bowey and friends spot the creature in a field. Dec.1990
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Bray Road Beast 1990
Mike Etten Spots the creature at the side of the road. March 1990
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Bray Road Beast 1999
Lorianne Endrizzi spots the creature while rounding a curve of Bray Road. Fall 1999
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Bigfoot sighting 1978
Waynesville, IL 61778
August 11 Three men reported seeing a large hairy creature
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Bigfoot sighting 1970
August 16th Construction workers spot a large hairy creature heading towards thier truck and then dissapear into the woods.
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Resurrection Mary
Numerous sighting between the Willow-Brook Ballroom and Resurrection cemetery. Reports of a young woman with blond hair and blue eyes wearing a white dress walking along the roadside. She has ocationally accepted rides only to suddenly vanish.
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The Old Slave House
This house was an illegal slave house were slaves were transported into Kentucky. The house is reputed to be haunted by the slave that died here.
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Mineral springs Hotel
301 E Broadway
Alton, IL 62002, US
The Jasmine lady and many other ghosts are said to haunt this hotel. The building now serves as an antique museum. 301 E broadway
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Fort de Chartres
1650 IL-155
Randolph, IL 62277, US
A phantom funeral procession heads to the local cemetery whenever Independence Day falls on a Friday.
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Bachelors Grove Cemetery
Said to be one of the most haunted in the Chicago area.
http://www.bachelorsgrove.com/
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Greenwood Cemetery
A very old cemetery once a Burial site for Native Americans. Many Ghost lights and other apparitions have been reported here.
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Oak Hill's spinning sphere
A grave marker consisting of a large marble ball atop a granite pedestal has been noted to rotate unseen and in a new axis at each visit.
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Holmes Murder Castle
In the first floor of the building were stores and shops, the upper floors could be used for spacious living quarters. Holmes also had an office on the second floor, but most of the rooms were to be used for guests - guests that would never be seen again. Rooms where designed as gas chamber and experimental operating rooms where Holmes satisfied his sadistic curiosities. The castle burned down Aug 19th 1895
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The Hardin Monster
Balls of light and even fire balls have been seen on this island. In one case a fire ball is reported to have hit a skiff and transformed into an old man.
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Voorhies Castle
Many legends and strange tales are told about this castle. The true history is just as strange.
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Macomb Fire starter
Macomb, IL 61455
in 1948 a farm was plagued by what was thought to be poltergeist activity. Brown spots would appear on the walls and begin to smolder then burst into flames. The fires eventually consumed many buildings on the property
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An ancient petroglyph of a giant winges creature ( once showed two ) is on the rockface off River road outside of town. Early explorer Professor John Russell wrote "After a long and perilous climb, we reached the cave, which was about fifty feet above the surface of the river....The roof of the cavern was vaulted, and the top was hardly less than twenty feet high. The shape of the cavern was irregular; but, so far as I could judge, the bottom would average twenty by thirty feet.

"The floor of the cavern throughout its whole extent was one mass of human bones. Skulls and other bones were mingled in the utmost confusion. To what depth they extended I was unable to decide; but we dug to a depth of 3 or 4 feet in every part of the cavern, and still we found only bones. The remains of thousands must have been deposited here. How, and by whom, and for what purpose, it is impossible to conjecture.".

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Thunderbird sighting 1948
April 4, 1948 fromer army colonel Walter F. Siegmund reported that he had seen a gigantic bird in the sky above Alton. a Few days later Robert Prince reported seeing a similar bird.
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Thunderbird sighting 1948
Overland, MO 63114
April 10 Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Smith and Les Bacon spot a huge bird.
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Thunderbird sighting 1948
April 24 E.M. Coleman and his son, James spot a thunderbird "It was an enormous, incredible thing with a body that looked like a naval torpedo, It was flying at about 500 feet and cast a shadow the same size as a Piper Cub at that height."
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Thunderbird sighting 1948
May 5 Arthur Davidson reports to police that he had seen a Large bird flying above the city.
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Thunder bird sighting 1948
May 5, Mrs. William Stallings reports seeing a large bird in the skys and says "It was bright, about as big as a house,"
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Thunderbird sighting 1948
Two Police men sight a large bird,"It was bright, about as big as a house," Officer Francis Hennelly said “its wings were flapping and it was headed southwest, flying at an altitude of several hundred feet. I thought it was a large eagle but I have never seen one that big before.”
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Thunderbird sighting 1977
Lawndale, IL 61751
on the eve. of July 25 several witnesses report two giant birds are circling in the sky. One of the birds swooped down and attempted to carry off ten year old Marlon Lowe who was playing in the back yard. His Mother rushed out to help as did four other adults who described the bird as having at least ten foot wingspan, Black with bands of white arount thier necks
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Thunderbird sighting 1977
James Majors spots spots two large birds with ten foot wingspans above the highway.
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Thunderbird sighting 1977
County Rd
McLean, IL 61754,
Stanley Thompson reports to the sheriff he had seen a bird with a wingspan of atleast ten feet and a six foot body.
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Thunderbird sighting 1977
Lake Shelbyville
While fishing Texas John Huffer captures on film two large birds with a large wingspan, the larger of the two was over twelve feet.
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Stump pond serpent
Reports began in 1879 of a sepent that lived in stump pond, However in 1968 The water was partially draind from the pond and the fish cleared out using electric stunners. No monster was found but some of the catfish collected were in excess of thity pounds.
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Giant serpent 1800's
Many reports of a giant serpent had been reported my fisherman and ship's crewman throughout the 1800's.
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The Mad Gasser of Mattoon
Mattoon, IL 61938
The summer of 1944 several residents report being anesthetized while at home by a mysterious stranger.
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Abandoned asylum
Not confirmed but legends tell of an old asylum that existed near here.
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White Cemetery
Ghost lights and apparitions have been seen in this cemetery in addition a phantom coach and other spectures have been seen along Cuba road.
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Rosehill Cemetery
One of chicago's oldest cemeteries also its largest. Filled with unusual monuments each with a story of thier own. Many ghostly tales and sightings take place in this cemetery.
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Graceland cemetery
Established in 1860 this very old cemetery holds many tales of supernatural activity among them a ghostly green eyed dog that guards the tomb of Ludwig Wolff. The monument that has becomes known as the statue of death can also be foud here.
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Meadowdale International Raceway
Closed in 1969 This now forest preserve hiking trail holds the ghostly remains of the track that existed here. Though overgrown the track is hikable and still gives an impression of its former glory.
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Large Cat Sighted
Dennis Wells spots a large cat resembling a lion along a fence row of his farm
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Ghost Hollow Road
Local legend tells of a forgotten graveyard located somewhere in this area. Its said to be surrounded by high stone walls and filled with crumbling crypts. A black tombstone with a single inscription in latin is also rumored to be there. In addition after having a vision obert M. Pohlman built a shrine to the Virgin Mary named Our lady of Lourdes of Ghost Hollow Road.
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Maple Lake Ghost Lights
Ghost lights have been seen dozens of times and are reputed to be the spirit of a man that was decapitated carrying a lantern while searching for his head.
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Manteno Mental Hospital
Operating from 1929 and closed in Dec 1985. This hospital is said to house the lost souls that died here.
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pteradactyl like creature 2003
Jamison spots a pteradactyl like creature with an 8-10 foot wingspan and leathery skin. Jamison said "Well, I can't say for sure what I saw flying that day, but it was big, and didn't have any feathers! I even got a good look at its back end, and I am positively sure it had no tail...I know it was not a bird."

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Bigfoot Sighting 1979
Two teenagers have a sighting east of Seneca "We had pulled off the side of the road. My friend was outside the vehicle when we heard this horrible noise like a shrieking growl and before we knew it we saw a large human-like animal coming towards the car. I began screaming get in the car locked my door and we took off ending up doing about 90 mph fleeing.".
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Bigfoot sighting 1973
3 separate reports by several witness' sbout a red eyed smelly big foot seen in the woods. june 1973
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Bigfoot sighting 1973
Bill Duncan, Bob Summers, Daryl Mowry, Craig Flenniken stopped thier car to investigate a campfire and saw 5-ft Bigfoot close by. Oct 16 1973
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Bigfoot sighting 2005
Tom Vielhak spotted large, hairy, man-like creatures walking upright in Funks Grove. Multiple sightings June - October 2005
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Bigfoot sighting 2005
Four Bigfoot sightings in this area. Two June 2005, 1983, 1979.
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Creatures fall from the sky
Taylorville, IL 62568
June 4, 1869 Residents of Taylorville awoke that morning to find that the evening rains had also brought unkown serpent like creatures with them. They measured 18"-24" in leagth three quarters to one inch thick, dark in color with a flattend tail.they had no fins, an eel-like head and a suckerlike mouth, small eyes, and a single pair of perfectly formed appendages — similar to those of a turtle just behind the head.

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Bray Road Beast 2004
Bray Road Beast resurfaces. 47 Year old registered nurse and two teenagers spot the beast while driving down Bray Road.8:30 p.m. October 30, 2004
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St. Omer Cemetery
An unusual grave marker bearing an unusual date of death Feb 31 1882 is said to contain the remains of a local witch. It's said that should Feb 31 ever roll around the witch will rise from her grave.
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McPike Mansion
Built in 1869 and thought to be a haunt of many spirits this very old building is listed on the national register of historic places. A day at McPike and even and annual ghostly camp out is held here.
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Hop Hollow Road
Hop Hollow Road used to extend through here and the bodies of confederate prisoners were carried to the Confederate Cemetery. Legend tells that sometimes the bodies were dumped in the woods along the road.
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Camp Pine
This area was used as barracks for German prisoners of war. The foundations and a flag pole are all that exist today.
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Holy Sepulchre cemetery
A well known haunted cemetery hold many famous people, Mary Alice Quinn known as Chicago's Miracle child, The Late Mayor Richard J. Daley and Dan Ryan.An interesting bit of history - This site was formerly the worth racetrack from 1901-1910
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The Story Inn
Many stories include kitchen workers seeing apparitions and objects moving.The most famous room of the inn is called the "Blue Lady Room". Apparently when the blue light is turned on it summons the blue lady to appear. Starting in the mid 1900's, guest books were left for guest to make comments on their visits. Many of the entries referred the blue lady ghost and several of the accounts were very similar in nature and provide for a good read. 6404 South State Road, Nashville, IN (800) 881-1183
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The Pfister Hotel
424 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202, US
The Ghost of the founder of this hotel is often seen by the guests.
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI (414) 273-8222
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The Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn
3322 Demenil Pl
St. Louis, MO 63118, US
In 1980 Life Magazine lists The Lemp Mansion as one of the ten most haunted places in America. Tragic tales fill its history. 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, MO (314) 664-8024
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Glowing Orbs in the sky
Rockford, IL
Numerous witness' on several occations have seen glowing orbs above Rockford. Usually appearing between 8 and 10 PM.
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Arcola Train Depot
A ghostly figure swinging a lantern has been seen here.
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Fort Sheridan
Fort Sheridan
A very old military base now open to the public having numerous hauntings. Many room are said to have been exorcised and even bricked up to seal whats inside.
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Woodstock Opera House
121 E Van Buren St
Woodstock, IL, United States
(815) 338-4212
A balcony seat is always left empty for the ghost that enjoys performances. Also seen walking the halls and in an upper window
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Fife Opera House
123 S Main St
Palestine, IL 62451, US
Several haunting tales fill the history of the Fife Opera House. The second story was even used as a funeral parlor.
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Antioch Movie Theatre
378 Lake St
Antioch, IL 60002,
Employees have repored strange sounds after hours and even lights going on and off by themselves in this old theatre.
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The legend of Minnow Bucket
After flaunting his money during a card game an old man named "Minnow Bucket" was beaten to death by two young men. His ghost is said to walk the river bank and ocationally talk to fisherman.
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Abandoned CandyFactory
Seemingly right out of Scooby Doo this old candy factory holds the ghost of a woman that died there.
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Haunted Sports Bar
Sold over and over again this bar is known by many locals to be haunted.
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Harrison Cemetery
The Ghosts of a man and a woman have been seen here. A phantom pianoist has also been heard usually around midnight.
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Bloods Point Cemetery
Balls of light have been seen inside this cemetery as ghostly human forms. Scream, cries and even the laughter of children have been reported. If you stop off the road many have reported being pursued by a phantom vehicle, often a semi that mysteriously vanishes. Electrical disturbances have been reported outside the Cemetery gates.
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Blood points bridge
Off to the side of the road is a stone wall. There are many paths running into a field and off into the woods. Strange glowing orbs have been seen in these woods and there have been reports of individuals being chased off by a shotgun weilding farmer that disappears aat the edge of the woods.
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Bigfoot sighting 1976
Ron Calhoun and Dan Baker hear high pitched squeels in the woods. An upright hairy creature with red eyes is seen coming from the direction of the noise. June 1976 aprx. 3pm
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Rest stop at 173
Local Legend says that a school bus hit the tree at this rest stop. Its said that if you stop for a rest here you will hear the laughter of children.
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Old Church
Its said that local witches were hung from the bell tower at this chuch. several witness' have seen a lady in black sitting in the window of the tower, only to vanish. Recently the church painted the window black.
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Rock Cut State Park
In the area of willow creek if you walk the bike path at night dark figures will follow and even chase you. Beware a mountain lion has been reported in the area. Perhaps a possible explaination for the stalking figure.
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Twin Sisters Park
A few kids have died here accidently. There was also a hanging in a tree. People have reported seeing a girl running through the woods only to dissappear.
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Tunnels under Swedish American Hospital
There are rumored to be old slave tunnels underneath this hospital. Strange noises have been heard in the tunnels. Apparitions have suddenly materialized in front of people in the tunnel. Only employees have access to the tunnels.
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Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center
A very Oldd building that has many underground tunnels. Tunnels are said to be the most haunted areas of this building. Also faces have been seen in the first floor windows. Cottages on the grounds are also reported to be haunted. Even a "Devil dog" which attacked residents but vanished after the lights were turned on has been reported.
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South Middle School
400 S Highland Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60005, US
The Lower level of this school is said to hide a gateway to Hell. Strange noises have been heard throughout the building.
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St. Viator High School
A story is told throughout this school that a janitor was cleaning the auditorium when he bumped into something. He looked up to see a boy hanging from a rope and then vanish. Many unusual noises and sightings have been reported.
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Bartonville Asylum
An abondoned asylum with many haunts. The most famous ghost is known by the name "Bookbinder" and had been seen by as many as 100 nurses and 300 visitors. A cemtery for the asylum is located across the street and is said to have gained a new resident every day of the hospitals operation.
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Baymont Inn and Suites
308 S Lincolnway
North Aurora, IL 60542-1706, US
St. Patricks day 2001 a white spook light was reported to dart in and out around some customers. In room 208 guests have reported feeling as if they were being strangled.
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Starved Rock State Park
The lodge of this state park is reported to be haunted. Staff reports hearing doors slam and cold spots as well as orbs in the park. A mass indian starvation took place here. A double murder also occured in the park back in the 60's.
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Hotel Baker
100 W Main St
St. Charles, IL 60174, US
The crying of a chambermaid that drowned herself in the Fox River after her lover ( also a hotel employee ) left her after a bad night of poker. Sheets are also occationally found disturbed.
100 W. Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 (800)284 0110
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Original Springs Hotel
506 N Hanover St
Okawville, IL 62271, US
Ghostly footsteps have been heard throughout this old hotel. Doors open and close by themselves and strange noises are heard at night. Old time music from no apparent source is sometimes heard. 506 Hanover Okawville, IL 62271 (618) 243-5458
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Sheraton Gateway Suites Hotel
6501 Mannheim Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018, US
There have been several deaths here due to overdose and suicide which leave a ghostly presence. The apparition of a man who jumped to his death is sometimes seen at the balcony. Guests have reported belongings being strewn about thier locked room while they were only momentarily in the bathroom. Employees have reported hearing typing sounds with no source. Sheraton Gateway Suites Chicago O'Hare
6501 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Illinois 60018
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The Millikin Homestead
125 N Pine St
Decatur, IL 62522, US
Screams have been heard from the basement where dying people were locked away during a flu epidemic. This old mansion even has the look of a classic haunted house.
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Bigfoot sighting 2005
A hunter observes a 7 - 8 ft tall silhouette moving upright through the forest but making no sound. sighting lasting 10 - 15 seconds after which time the creature runs into the woods but no footfalls were heard.2005 Nov. 18th 5:50 am
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Leland Tower Hotel
7 S Stolp Ave
Aurora, IL 60506, US
Now made into an apartment building this former hotel has a grim past. This was once the tallest building in the area outside of Chicago and drew many suicide jumpers that plunged into the Fox River. Moaning from the elevator shaft has been reported as well as horrible smells rising from the river.
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Eastland Steamer Disaster
On July 24 1915 The Eastland, an overloaded passenger ferry capsized and 835 persons were drowned including 22 entire families.Modern day reports of People seeing bodies in the water which fade away contribute to the haunting tale.
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bigfootsighting 1972
July 26, 1972 LeRoy Summers reports seeing a ten foot tall white hairy monster near a brick building at around 7:30 p.m..
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Unusual snake spotted in lake 2007
A local woman takes a picture of a large yellow snake, its head above water and body submerged. 04/2007
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Ahlgrim and Sons Funeral Home
201 N Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL 60067-5326, US
This place is not haunted nor has bigfoot been seen here but Ahlgrim and Sons Funeral Home had to be on my site of places to see. This funural home has a nine hole mini golf course and recreation area in its basement. Halloween themed its a must visit. Funerals take priority so phone first. Hours: Daily 9 am - 9 pm. 201 N. Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL
Phone: 847-358-7411
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First Methodist Church of Evanston
1630 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201, US
A man in a dark suit has been seen in the sanctuary appearing from behind a pillar and walking down a side aisle only to dissappear behind another pillar.
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Cry Baby Bridge
There is a bridge east of where the gravel begins. Local legend says there was a girl who drowned in the river while picking flowers. If you stop your car you will hear crying.
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BroMenn Hospital
Formerly known as the Mennonite Hosptial there a room at the end of the hall on the third floor with a smell of death that can not be removed. The Call Light also continually malfunctions and odd noises are heard from within the room. Due to all of this the room is no longer in use.
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Snyder Grove Park
Many local legends surround this place. Someone once drowned in the pond and if you swim here you will feel them trying to pull you under. Sppok lights and the apparition of a man hanging from a tree have also been seen here. THe body of a young girl was also found nearby.
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McKinley Park
At night the lamps may flicker as a boys crying is heard. Local legend says a school once stood here and a small boy was killed in the basement. He now haunts the playground.
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Moon Point Cemetery
Many ghosts have been seen haunting this old cemetery. The Hatchet lady, a man in early period clothing, spook lights, and strange noises have all been reported here.
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Thomason Cemetery
Childrens laughter is often heard in this old cemetery. It contains the graves of many children possibly due to the 1918 influenza epidemic .
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Shoe Factory road
While driving down this road the spirits of children have been seen running through the woods.
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No Monsters Here
Urbana, IL
It is against the law for a monster to enter the corporate limits of Urbana
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Allison Woods
The spirit of a aged prospector who was murdered while traveling through here is reguarily sited in this area. In my reseach I discovered this area was actually once a trade route. Goods and passengers were ferried along the river.
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Andrews Park
A woman with her right arm and left leg separateed from the body has been spotted here
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Apparition in uniform
the figure of a man in an army uniform looking out over the lake has been spotted here.
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Dead Cougar found 2004
Kenny Tharp Discovers a 98 lb dead cougar near his backyard.
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Black Panther sighted 2001
On three separate occation a black panter was sighted by Meissa C. of Monroe County.
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Large Cat Sighted 2005
K.W. of Clayton Township has sighted a large cat and found tracks on numerous occations.
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Cougar sighted 1994
A traffic flagger saw a cougar cross the road 20 feet away from her. She stated at least six farmers in the area reported sightings
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Large Cat sighted 2004
Andy Myers spots a large cat crossing the road at about 5:30pm. It was tan in color with a white under belly. Estimated to have a body leagth of 4 to 4.5 ft with a tail at least 3 ft, it stood 24-28 inches high and its eyes reflected a yellow color. On or about Dec. 29 5:30pm 2004
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Large Cat sighted 2005
Jennifer Schullian spots a large dark grey cat crossing the road. 3-4ft long and 24" at the shoulder.
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The Congress Hotel
520 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605, US
Al Capone once owned this hotel and stayed in Suite 800. This place is sure to have many hauntings. Room 666 has even been sealed shut.
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Patrick Haley Mansion
Built by an Egyptologist and architect Frank Shaver Allen This old house was once used as a fueral home. Many strange sounds have been reported and even glowing lights have been seen here.
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Shepard Tree of Jesus
In this cemetery a tree bears the image of Jesus cradling a lamb in his arms.
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Witchcraft trials in Illinois
After admitting to creating potions and poisons, two Africans were sentenced to death for witchcraft. At thier executions it was reported that a flock of black crows passed overhead to carry away the spirits. 1790
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Loyal Order of Moose Club #667
The playfull ghost of a blonde girl who died in the 40's has been reported here. She has been the source of phantom giggling and lights flickering on and off
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Yorkville dam
There have been at least 13 drownings in recent history at this dam. The ghost of a family (Father,Mother,Daughter) has been spotted here carrying paddles and lifejackets only to suddenly vanish.
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Larkdale pond
The ghost of a little boy who drowned here has been seen standing by the "NO SWIMMING" sign.
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Ryders woods
Strange lights in the woods have been reported here.
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Lantern's Lane Spook Lights
Amber colored spook lights have been reported in this area.
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Villa Park 7-11
340 W St Charles Rd
Villa Park, IL 60181, US
Local legend says this store was built over an old cemetery. Employees have reported hearing voices and noises.
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Lakeview parkway
A pregnant woman who drowned in the lake is said to haunt this area.
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Ferne Clyffe State Park
Local legend says Happy Hollows Trail is haunted by the ghost of civil war era soldiers. Those who have been there at night say that even the animals avoid this place at night.
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St. Anthony's Hospital
340 St Anthonys Way
Alton, IL 62002, US
At least three ghosts are said to haunt this old hospital. Each floor has its own spirit haunting it. The first floor is haunted by a nun that used to reside there and is said to mainly haunt the processing department. On the second floor the activity is usually near the Endoscopy department.The ghost of a small boy haunts the third floor and the administration area seems to be where most activity occurs.
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Lovejoy School
1043 Tremont St
Alton, IL 62002, US
Many ghostly occurances have been reported here. Phantom footsteps, Doors opeing and closing strange noises and smells are all common here. Rumors persist that the building is partially built on an Indian burial ground.
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Lovejoy monument
The ghost of Elijah Lovejoy has been seen around his monument. There are other ghost known to haunt this cemetery. Cold spots have been reported even in thr heat of summer.
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Monkey loose 2003
1246 Main St
Green Bay, WI 54302, US
In April 2003 a black-capped Capuchin monkey was brought to a bar bu its owner where it escaped out the back door and remained loose for three days.
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Alligator shot
Farmington, WI
Farmington, WI, US
Edward Long of Milwaukee shoots a 25 pound alligator while hunting near the milwaukee river Sept.2007
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Monkey sighted 2005
Police recieve many calls from witness' that have seen a large monkey or chimpanzee in the area. It was descibed as brown or tan and about 4 ft. tall.
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Large bird sighted 1977
July 22 1977 Kenneth Knollenburg spots a large bird sitting on his barn. It was larger than a turkey dull grey with a white neck.
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Large Iguana found 2001
Late September I spotted an iguana almost 4 ft long sunning itself in a parking lot. I called around to see if its owner was looking for it but found no one and it had dissappeared into the brush while I was looking. Two weeks later it had grown quite cool and I found the iguana again, this time too cool to run. I brought it home and built a large enclosure for it where it lived for years.
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Alligator spottted 2006
A canoist photographs an alligator basking on a log in the Des Plaines River.2006
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Shark in Illinois
Herbert Cope and Dudge Collins catch a Bull shark in the Mississippi. 1937
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Shark found 1955
A shark was found off the coast of Chicago in 1955. Bull Sharks have been recorded in many freshwater areas including the Great Lakes and The Mississippi.
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Alligator caught 2007
3887 Hendricks St
Gary, IN 46408, US
3 Ft alligator captured. March 2007
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Alligators in Lake Decatur 1966
Two fisherman spot a baby alligator about 1 ft long in the lake. A short time later a 6ft alligator is sighted and the two decide to leave.
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4 Ft Caimen 2007
In july of 2007 Officers respond to a call that an alligator had been seen in the Desplaines river. A 4 Ft. Caimen is captured and removed to a sanctuary in Colorado.
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Cougar sighting 2004
Lynwood, IL
Lynwood, IL, US
A cougar is sighted in this suburban neighborhood. 09/11/04
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BoaConstrictor found 2004
A boaconstictor is found in the street after it was hit by a car. 06/12/04
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Cougar sighting 2004
Several cougar sighting in this area. It is reported to likely be an escape pet since cougars have not been reported here since the 1860's.
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Giant lizard loose 2003
Benton, IL
Benton, IL, US
a 40-lb. 6-1/2-ft. Asian water monitor escapes from its cage after prying open the top of its cage.
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Bear loose 2003
Golconda, IL
Golconda, IL, US
7-ft., 500-lb. black bear escapes from its enclosure and is loose for nearly a month before returning on its own. 02/23/03-03/11/03
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Piranha caught 2006
Edward Reinhart catches a piranha while fishing the Desplaines river july 4 2006
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Python found 2003
An 8-foot reticulated python was found on a forest preserve bike bath. June 2003
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Snakehead caught 2004
A fisherman catches a Northern snakehead. This fish is native to North Eastern China, Korea and Amur River (Russia). It can grow up to 40 inch (1m) and 15 pounds (7kg). And it is a vicious eater and can even walk on land for short distances to colonise other bodies of water.
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Snake in a car 2007
603 N 4th St
Milwaukee, WI 53203, US
a 4 ft. Red-tail boa is discovered in a rental car by an employee of the facility. 2007
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Large lizard found 2006
1900 California Ave
St Louis, MO 63104-2130, US
A 4 ft crocodile monitor lizard is found in a tree. Its later determined who the former keeper of the reptile was. Although he had moved out of state he is contacted and reunited with the reptile.
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Baby alligator found 2006
Tates Creek Rd
Lexington, KY, US
a baby alligator is found by a woman as she left the house to walk her dog.
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Caiman found 2003
Two caiman are seen in this pond August 2003. the smaller one was caught with a net and was about two feet long. The larger was estimated at twice the size.
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Piranha caught 2005
A piranha is collected from the Fox River 2005.
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Piranha caught 1992
Little Grassy Lake
, US
state records indicate a Piranha was taken from Little Grassy Lake, Williamson County on 15 June 1992 now a museum specimen.
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Kangaroo sighting 1899
Richmond, WI
Richmond, WI, US
Haden Blackman's Field Guide to North American Monsters lists this as the first of many Kangaroo sightings in North America.June 12, 1899
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Kangaroo sighting 1974
a Kangaroo is seen October 19 1974 and again by a paper boy on the 23rd. A police officer had also seen a kangaroo in the area earlier on 10/18/1974.
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Kangaroo sighting 1974
Plano, IL
Plano, IL, US
This area experienced one of a string of kangaroo sighting that occured in 1974. November 1st 1974
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Kangaroo sighting 1974
Lansing, IL
Lansing, IL, US
On November 6th 1974 a kangaroo was seen in this area. A few days later kangaroos were sighted in Indiana.
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Kangaroo photographed 1978
Menomonee Falls, WI
Menomonee Falls, WI, US
a large kangaroo is photographed at the side of the road.
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Lake monster 1930's
A greyish green serpent is seen swimming downstream toward the lake. It was seen later that day by the mouth of the river bt another individual.
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Kangaroo 1978
Pewaukee, WI
Pewaukee, WI, US
Esther Haeselich spots a 3 1/2 to 4 foot kangaroo. It is seen by two other witnesses as well. Two Kangaroos were spotteda half mile away by another individual one week earlier. April 1978
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Phantom Ship
The phantom ship Griffin has often been seen in Green Bay harbor.
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Rouse Simmons
The Rouse Simmons went down in this area while carrying a load of Christmas trees to chicago in 1912. A schooner seemingly out of another time has been observed by some in this area.
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Cougar sightings 4/2008
Police receive several calls reporting a cougar in the area. Two weeks prior sightings were repoted in North Chicago
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cougar sighted 4/2008
a cougar sighting is reported and tracks found 4/2008
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Kennicott House
1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, illinois 60025
(847) 299-6096
The Grove is a beautiful natural area best known for its wildlife and historic buildings. The Kennicott house built by Dr. John Kennicott in 1856 has had several occurances reported. Foot steps, electrical disturbances and even a headless ghost have been reported. The Redfield Estate on the property has also had many reported occurances. The Grove is best known for its natural and historic past and its ghost are not freely discussed but still well worth a visit.
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Cougar shot 2008
A cougar is shot by Chicago police.
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Centaur spotted 1963
James McKinney reports seeing a half man half horse in may 1963. More than fifty calls are logged to police with reports of a strange creature. Searches fail confirm anything.
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Bigfoot spotted 2006
A large black figure in tall 6-7 ft. grass is seen with the aid of a spotlight. July 28th 10:30 pm
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Alligator captured 2008
A five foot alligator is spotted by Marva Terry and is later captured by authorities. 6/2008
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3 ft Gator 2009
08/21/2009 About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, city Animal Care & Control officers received a call from someone who saw a 3-foot alligator in the river off North Damen Avenue between Fullerton and Diversey, according to spokesman Mark Rosenthal.
The animal was captured later that day.
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The Brain Eaters 1958
Riverdale, IL
Riverdale, Illinois, US
Aliens try to conquer the earth in this 1958 b movie classic which takes place right here in Riverdale Illinois
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Halloween 1978
Firstly the town Of Haddonfield, Illinois does not actually exist but some research has put it here. The town was actually named after a town in New Jersy but was filmed in California but ask any horror movie fan where Halloween took place and you'll hear Haddonfield Illinois so here you go.
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The Amityville Horror 2005
1500 Busch Pkwy
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089, US
Interiors were shot at this location
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
In a retelling of this horror classic parts were actually filmed here
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A nightmare on Elm Street 2010
1900 East Thomas Street
Arlington Hts, IL, United States
In a retelling of this classic horror movie, parts were filmed here.
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Stir of Echoes 1999
Brighton Park, Chicago, IL
Chicago, Illinois, US
Parts of this 1999 suspense thriller were shot in this suburb
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A Stir of Echoes 1999
Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
Chicago, Illinois, US
Parts of Stir of Echoes were shot in this suburb
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Stir of Echoes 1999
1425 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL, United States
Parts of Stir of Echoes were shot in this suburb. I highly recommend if you have not seen
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Alligator spotted 08/21/2010
A 3 ft. alligator was seen by dozens of people but evaded capture. Two weeks prior another alligator was captured two blocks north.
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alligator captured 08/06/2010
3400 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618, US
a 2 and a half foot alligator was captured after a 911 call reporting it the previous evening
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Return Of The Living Dead 1985
451 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204, US
Favorite movie of mine. This was the location for some of the scenes
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Return of the Living Dead 1985
701 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204, US
Favorite movie of mine. This was the location for some of the scenes
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Dead Alligator Kankakee 2/2012
On a fishing trip Steve and Jeff Brewer discover a dead alligator in a log jam. It measured 4'7" and its mouth had been taped shut indicating a possible pet that had become too large.
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Morse Mill Hotel
Jefferson County, MO 63023, US
Book a tour or stay during an event, no longer hotel.