Washington IL hotels. Find places to stay / hotels in Washington Illinois United States of America. Illinois fearsome critters, cryptozoology, ghosts, monsters, legends, hauntings, myths and folklore. Anecdotes, hints, tips and warnings by Camelopard. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of Illinois.
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Folklore, Monsters, Scary Stories, Legends, Ghosts and Myths in 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 moans of a suicidal chambermaid, heard on the sixth floor of the Hotel Baker in Saint Charles; the phantom monks of St Rita of Cascia church, Chicago; the spirits of Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, especially the spectral woman in Room 441; the strange phenomena of Robinson Woods, Chicago; the red eyed and three legged Enfield Monster; the phantom guests of Desoto House Hotel in Galena (the hotel boasts Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S Grant as former living guests); and the spirit of a 1920s flapper with bobbed hair that haunts Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, 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 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 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 giant serpent of Lake Michigan; gigantic, aggressive thunderbirds; the long snouted, hominid, Tuttle Bottoms Monster; the hairy, anthropoid Cole Hollow Monster, or Cohomo; and Big Muddy, the Murphysboro mud monster (similar to the Cole Hollow Monster), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Illinois.
National Forests, Nature Reserves, National Parks, State Parks, State Forests and Refuges in Illinois
Beall Woods State Park on the Wabash River; Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge; Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge; the strange geology of Starved Rock State Park; the 280000 acre Shawnee National Forest (there had to be at least one significant wild place in Illinois); 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; and Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Illinois.
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