Clearing IL hotels. Reserve accommodation in hotels in Clearing Illinois USA. Anecdotes, hints, tips and warnings by Camelopard. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Illinois. Illinois myths, folklore, hauntings, monsters, legends and ghosts.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Clearing Illinois hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in Macau, Claridge's in London, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau, the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana and the Villa D'Este on Lake Como. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
State Forests, National Forests, State Parks, Nature Reserves, National Parks and Refuges in Illinois
The strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; Apple River Canyon State Park; Pere Marquette State Park, a pathetic 8000 acres but still the largest state park in Illinois and which permits the licensed shooting of deer, turkeys, raccoons and squirrels within its small boundaries; Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge; the 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; and Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
Legends, Myths, Scary Stories, Ghosts, Folklore and Monsters in Illinois
The spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; the moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; the chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; 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 red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; and Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
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 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; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; 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 strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; 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 gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
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