Paranormal Illinois

Overview

Why did hundreds of people line up, in the winter of 1980, bumper to bumper in rural Illinois, to catch a glimpse of a scantily clad phantom along Kennedy Hill Road?

Did you know that a ghost of a homicidal mother still haunts the road near her former home?

What is the real history behind Independence Grove and Devil's Gate?

When these questions and more are answered, you ...

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Overview

Why did hundreds of people line up, in the winter of 1980, bumper to bumper in rural Illinois, to catch a glimpse of a scantily clad phantom along Kennedy Hill Road?

Did you know that a ghost of a homicidal mother still haunts the road near her former home?

What is the real history behind Independence Grove and Devil's Gate?

When these questions and more are answered, you will never look at the history of Illinois the same way. This painstakingly researched book leaves no ghost unturned.

Over 20 haunted locations including history and folklore accounts

Contains three newly discovered haunted locations (Western Illinois University, Airtight Bridge, and Ashmore Estates)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764334306
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,428,735
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kleen is an author of legends, lore, and the paranormal, as well as a speaker for local Illinois history. He writes a monthly newsletter that highlights infamous places in Illinois through a unique blend of research and storytelling.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part 1 Archer Avenue

Archer Avenue and the Enigma of Chicago's Southwest Suburban "Triangle" 14

Resurrection Cemetery and the Legend of Resurrection Mary 24

Archer Woods Cemetery and the Specter of the Sobbing Woman 32

German Church Road and the Grimes Sisters' Tragedy 39

The Maple Lake Spook Lights 44

St. James-Sag, the "Monk's Castle" 52

Part 2 Haunted Colleges & Universities

Western Illinois University and the Ghosts of Simpkins Hall 62

Rockford College 71

Illinois State University and the Enduring Legacy of Ange Milner 79

Eastern Illinois University and the Legend of Pemberton Hall 88

Part 3 Rivers and Roads

The Cambridge "Death Curve" 98

Airtight Bridge 105

Dug Hill Road and the Ghost of Marshal Welch 114

Lakey's Creek and the Headless Horseman of Illinois 121

The Phantom Lady of Kennedy Hill Road 127

Cuba Road 133

Part 4 The Abandoned

Manteno State Hospital and the "Manteno Madness" 144

Independence Grove and "Devil's Gate" 153

The Lindbergh Schoolhouse along Shoe Factory Road 164

Ashmore Estates: The Myth and the Legend 175

Bibliography 190

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