Alton Is Allegedly One Of Illinois's Most Haunted Small Towns
Do you believe in ghosts? If not, a trip to the charmingly delightful town of Alton might change your mind. This little city in Madison County is brimming with spooky stories, and it’s rumored to be one of the most haunted small towns in America. No matter how you feel about all things paranormal, we highly recommend paying it a visit.
Alton has all the makings of a typical small Mississippi River town, right down to the grain elevator.
Mark Twain once referred to it as a dismal little river town, but it's actually quite pleasant. That being said, it has a pretty treacherous past.
This 201-year-old town has a past full of murder, death, and mystery.
You can even go on a professional ghost hunt or a private ghost tour, where you'll learn the stories of those who called Alton home.
The McPike Mansion is not only the most haunted building in town, but it also may be the most haunted spot in the state.
Built in 1869, the notorious mansion has been subject to numerous paranormal investigations. While the house was built in 1869, some people think the hauntings date back to the property before the mansion was built, when it was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and home to Native Americans prior to that.
The Milton Schoolhouse is another haunted spot.
The most grotesque legend involves a little girl being murdered by a janitor who then took his own life, but it appears to be false. But despite the myths, the school is rampant with paranormal activity -- it was even featured on the TV show "Ghost Hunters."
The city even has a haunted church.
The First Unitarian Church dates back to 1905. In 1934, a preacher named Phillip Mercer took his own life there. Since then, there have been reports of strange voices, shadowy figures, and doors locking and unlocking on their own. The piano even plays itself sometimes.
Some people blame the limestone rock for all the local paranormal activity.
Alton is full of limestone, which is said to retain the psychic residue of past events.
The best way to decide if Alton is haunted is to experience it for yourself.
Come take a ghost tour and learn about the spirits that roam these streets.
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