You Might Be Rooming With A Ghost At This Haunted Hotel In Illinois
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What is it about the world of the paranormal that is so intriguing to us humans? Are we titillated by the thought that we cannot truly know if spirits or an afterlife exists, or are we so moved by the plight of our fellow humans that we forget that ghosts are dead people? Whatever the reason, we can’t help but be fascinated by the paranormal, and there’s one town in Illinois known for its spooky activity. In addition to hosting what just may be the most haunted hotel in Illinois, Galena features a few other haunted landmarks. The DeSoto Hotel, however, is arguably its most famous landmark. Continue reading to learn about the seemingly indisputable fact that the Desoto House Hotel is haunted.
Would you stay at this haunted hotel in Illinois? Do you agree that the Desoto House Hotel is haunted? Have you ever encountered the Lady in Black? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you!
Craving more haunted history? Swing by The Road House, an Illinois restaurant said to be haunted by a murder victim.
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What are some other haunted hotels in Illinois?
Illinois sure does have its fair share of haunted places. Another notoriously haunted place to stay the night in Illinois is known as the Ruebel Hotel. This iconic accommodation can be found along the Great River Road, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The hotel is situated on Main Street, and it's actually the oldest surviving hotel in town. The building first opened its doors in 1879 and was operated by a man named Michael Ruebel. Sadly, in 1912, the hotel burnt down. One year later, it was rebuilt; however, some truly strange occurrences took place. For one, guests have noticed many strange and unexpected smells wafting throughout the building. Also, small objects have been known to completely disappear. Walk the hotel grounds early in the morning and you may just hear disembodied footsteps. How chilling!
What are the most haunted places in Illinois?
You likely won't be surprised at this point to hear that Illinois has tons of haunted places beyond hotels. Haunted cemeteries, abandoned buildings, former schoolhouses -- you name it, Illinois has it! In fact, we've put together a list of reasons why Illinois might be the most haunted state in America. At the top of the list is the McPike Mansion. It's located on the National Register of Historic Places and it also happens to be situated in the most haunted town in the state. There are two ghosts that haunt this old building and they seem to be responsible for the flickering lights and the strong smell of perfume that permeates certain rooms. Some other haunted places in Illinois include the Woodstock Opera House, the town of Cairo, Aux Sable Cemetery, Dug Hill Road, and Ridge Cemetery.