Chicago January 24, 2018
The Sinister Story Behind This Popular Chicago Water Tower Will Give You Chills
You’ve likely seen it a million times and have probably even passed by it several times. There’s a historic building in Chicago with a creepy story you’ll definitely want to hear. Be warned, though, that the tale is tragic and heartbreaking. Read on for the sinister background of the Chicago Water Tower.
The Chicago Water Tower is located on Michigan Avenue in Chicago's premier shopping district. Built in 1869, the structure held a water pump that drew water from Lake Michigan.
The creepy story behind this place begins with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The massive fire burnt most of the city to a crisp, except for a few buildings, including the Water Tower.
The fire swept through the city, spanning more than four miles. It destroyed homes and businesses and killed more than 300 people.
The night of the fire, a man working the water tower decided to continue his job rather than flee before the flames came. He maintained the pumps until the very last moment when he hung himself before the flames could take his life.
Today, this historic place sticks out for its old-world architecture against the modern skyscrapers that tower above it.
It sits before Water Tower Place, which is Chicago's premier shopping mall for tourists and other Magnificent Mile fans.
Nonetheless, the creepy story continues. Locals have reported seeing a figure swinging in the windows of the tower. Some have even shown police who claimed to see the disturbing sight as well. It is believed to be the spirit of the heroic man who stayed behind in the fire.
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Did you already know this creepy story? Have you ever looked to see if you could spot the hanging ghost? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!