Picture taken by Patrice Raplee. Through the years, many travelers have investigated and inquired about the unexplained happenings and psychic phenomena found throughout Alton. Request free haunted and travel guides Mark Twain once referred to Alton, IL as a "dismal little river town," but little did he know what more Alton was. This small river town has now been named one of the most haunted small towns in America.
Could this be because of the history of death, disease, violence, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad? Or has Alton simply been deemed one of the most haunted towns because of the ghosts and hauntings that occur regularly? That's for you to to decide on one of our Haunted Tours.
Built in , the notorious McPike Mansion has been featured on several television shows and investigated by numerous paranormal investigators who have found the haunting of the McPike Mansion to be authentic. The house has not been occupied since the s. Before weather and vandals brought extensive damage to the structure, it was a regal addition to the Illinois town of Alton.
McPike Mansion today is owned by Sharyn and George Luedke who have been trying to nurture this great house back to its regal state. When they purchased the house, they had no idea that it was haunted. Now, people see orbs, balls of light, even figures of people in the background of pictures taken at the mansion. Some claim the haunts date back to the property before the mansion was even built with detections of Native American ghosts and a residue from a possible Underground Railroad stop.
Other mysterious stories include servants of the building, a cook in the kitchen and a strange death of a woman in the bathtub. Some even believe that Eleanor and Henry McPike still roam the corridors of their former home. The Cellar has been a focal point of many energies felt in the mansion. This Grand Ole House is thought to still house many of the spirits that once lived here.
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The Unitarian Society purchased the land and rebuilt a church for themselves. Another fire occured in , burning the church down to it's foundation yet again. The church that stands now was rebuilt in Reverand Phillip Mercer became a well respected preacher at the Unitarian Church at the young age of Moving here from England, he had a way of speaking in his sermons that made people from all over come to hear him preach.
One night in November of , he found himself ill.
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Shaking and unable to speak properly, he went to visit a friend, James McKinney. After a few days of not seeing Mercer, McKinney went to the church to check on him. Mercer was found hanging in the doorway of the minister study. Since the reverands death, there have been reports of voices and shadowy figures coming from the basement of the church. The piano seems to play itself sometimes and doors open and close with no explanation.
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The Milton School House was built in and was up and running successfully until it's official close in This school served as the main school in Alton until it's close. After the school shut down, it became a factory for Intaglio Design. Since then, other businesses that have taken up residence in this building.
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In no particular order, here are 13 of the most haunted cemeteries in Illinois, according to hauntedplaces. Showmen"s Rest is a section of Woodlawn Cemetery where remains from a circus-train wreck were buried in a mass grave. Between 60 and employees were killed when another train conductor fell asleep, causing his train to strike the circus train.
Many of the victims' names were not known, so some of the markers say things like 'unidentified male' or 'Baldy' or '4 Horse Driver. The cemetery is rumored to be haunted.
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Locals say the sound of phantom elephants can be heard at night. Alton Cemetery is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Another is a spectral woman in black near the Grandview mausoleum, and a third is minister and publisher Elijah P. An abolitionist, Lovejoy was shot at a pro-slavery riot in ; his ghost is said to hang out near his monument and occasionally manifest as cold spots.
Aux Sable Cemetery is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a mischievous young girl who has been known to play pranks, such as lowering electrical car windows when the key is not even in the ignition.
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The site is also said to be a portal from a ghostly dimension. Ridge Cemetery at Williamsburg Hill is said to be visited by apparitions, eerie lights and a disappearing old man. Phantom crowds and horses also have been seen and heard around the area. Rumors of sinister cult activity surround this place as well, and one report tells of a 3-year-old girl who went missing and was found walking halfway to the cemetery.
She told her mother that the 'people who live in the ground' wanted her to stay with them. It was thought to have begun as a family cemetery for early settlers Jacob Moon and his family.
The cemetery's most-talked-about ghost is called the Hatchet Lady, a female apparition of a woman who, as legend has it, often visited the cemetery to watch over her son's grave after he died during the Civil War. When she died, her ghost took up the vigil, carrying a hatchet. She has been heard yelling or whispering earnestly at visitors to 'Get out! The sound of sarcophagus lids moving and other strange noises have been reported as well. Because of vandalism, local residents and police take great care to prevent people from trespassing at night when the cemetery is closed to visitors.
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Blood's Point Cemetery , named after the area's first white settler, Arthur Blood, is said to be a hot spot for the eerie, such as orbs, a vanishing barn, phantom vehicles and a ghost dog that sports glowing red eyes. To add to the spookiness, the nearby railroad bridge was said to be the setting for a school bus accident as well as several hangings.
Electrical anomalies and ghostly children's laughter have been reported here. Ramsey Cemetery , established in with the burial of namesake Alexander Ramsey, is also known as Casbar Cemetery and is a nighttime teen hangout. Besides the graves, rock shelters and sandstone caves are nearby, covered with carvings from its many visitors.
A young man committed suicide inside a chapel that stood in the cemetery from the s to the s; the chapel has since been demolished. Among the many legends here is a story of a man in a black cloak with red glowing eyes who is a manifestation resulting from occult activity that took place here in the past. Another legend tells of a werewolf that lives in the caves on the grounds, and yet another says those who put a penny heads up on a tombstone will come back later to find it upside down.
At Saint Omer Cemetery , legend has it that there is a witch's grave. According to the story, Caroline Barnes was hanged by the townspeople for witchcraft.