Stockton IL hotels. Reservations for hotels in Stockton Illinois USA. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of Illinois. Strange or scary tales, folklore, hauntings, monsters, legends, myths and ghosts of Illinois. Warnings, anecdotes and travel advice from Camelopard.com.
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Folklore, Legends, Monsters, Scary Stories, Myths and Ghosts in Illinois
The long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; the chatty little ghost Abigail, who haunts the Ruebel Hotel in Grafton; the spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the nine or more spectres that haunt Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel in Okawville, including a former owner and a Lady in White; and the giant serpent of Lake Michigan, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Illinois.
Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster); the moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; 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 phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); 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 hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park; and 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, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
National Parks, State Parks, National Forests, State Forests, Nature Reserves and Refuges in Illinois
Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers; the 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge; 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; Apple River Canyon State Park; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; and Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
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