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Ghosts, Myths, Folklore, Monsters, Scary Stories and Legends in Illinois
The spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; the ghosts of the Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton, including the marble playing child Cassandra who drowned in the swimming pool, the fragrant Jasmine Lady, a drunken artist (who didn't have time to complete the Crystal Room's mural) and the unfortunate George; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; and the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
The seven bridges on Lebanon Road, Troy, known as The Seven Gates to Hell, protected by ghostly hounds with glowing eyes (it is said that if you drive through all seven "gates" and finish at midnight, you will go straight to hell); the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); the giant serpent of Lake Michigan; the moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; the nine or more spectres that haunt Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel in Okawville, including a former owner and a Lady in White; the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; and the ghostly screams heard near the post office on the site of the hotel built by sadistic serial killer H H Holmes on West 63rd Street, Chicago, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of Illinois
Copperhead snakes, Eastern cottontail rabbits, gray foxes, American badgers, coyotes, black-capped chickadees, red foxes, white-tailed deer, occasional bears and wolves from neighbouring states, endangered but venomous massasauga snakes, groundhogs, minks, ruby-throated hummingbirds, cottonmouth snakes, Eastern chipmunks, raccoons, wild turkeys, bobcats, blue jays, bald eagles, common grackles, opossums, timber rattlesnakes, prothonotary warblers and red-headed woodpeckers are among the wild animals of Illinois.
Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Santa Fe, Sacramento, Phoenix, Lake Tahoe, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Skagway, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, San Francisco, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Corpus Christi, Detroit, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Sitka, Minneapolis, Anchorage, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Dallas, Atlantic City, Boston, San Diego, Savannah, Miami, Seattle, Juneau, St Louis, Salt Lake City and Fairbanks are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include The Disney resorts, Glacier Bay National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Ozarks, the Adirondacks, Route 66, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Niagara Falls, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park, the Everglades, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, rodeos, Mount Rushmore, the Appalachians, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the California coastline and Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park.
The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies.
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