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Myths, Monsters, Scary Stories, Legends, Ghosts and Folklore in Illinois
The long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the giant serpent of Lake Michigan; 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 moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); the chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; 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; and the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
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 spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; 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 strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; and the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of Illinois
Red-headed woodpeckers, Eastern cottontail rabbits, occasional bears and wolves from neighbouring states, gray foxes, timber rattlesnakes, black-capped chickadees, American badgers, red foxes, prothonotary warblers, wild turkeys, cottonmouth snakes, Eastern chipmunks, ruby-throated hummingbirds, white-tailed deer, common grackles, bald eagles, opossums, minks, blue jays, copperhead snakes, groundhogs, coyotes, bobcats, endangered but venomous massasauga snakes and raccoons are among the wild animals of Illinois.
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