Haunted Places in Geneseo, Illinois



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    Julia Markham - Death Curve

    Cambridge, Illinois

    11.8 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Locals say that a woman wearing a white flowing gown glides across the field on quiet nights. It is said she is the spirit of Julia Markham, who in 1905 killed her 7 children with an ax and then set her house on fire, killing herself.


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    Central Avenue Ghost

    Bettendorf, Iowa

    18.7 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The spirit of a middle-aged washerwoman haunts the area with her wooden washtub. She has been reported since the late 1800s, but some say she upgraded her equipment and sometimes appears with a double-wringer washing machine.


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    Hotel Blackhawk

    Davenport, Iowa

    22.2 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This place has undergone extensive renovation since almost burning down in a fire started by a meth lab operating out of the eighth floor in 2006. Could meth fumes, seeping through the walls account for the reports of ghosts? Cary Grant suffered his fatal stroke on the eighth floor ...


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    Alice French House

    Davenport, Iowa

    22.2 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This historic mansion was the residence of the notable writer, who spent her years throughout here during the warmer months. Her father, the town mayor, originally owned the house, and it may be his spirit that is often reported here by visitors. Witnesses claim to have seen a distinguished ...


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    Masonic Temple

    Davenport, Iowa

    22.4 miles from Geneseo, IL

    A wide assortment of haunted activity is claimed to occur at this former masonic temple. These phenomena include disembodied voices carrying on a conversation, noises without a recognizable source such as footsteps when there is no one seen, names being called when there is no one present, etc. Objects ...


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    Phi Kappa Chi

    Davenport, Iowa

    22.5 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This fraternity house has a haunt of its own, the apparition of a large man who enters at the front door and walks up the stairs to the front bedroom. He wears an overcoat with the collar turned up. Student lore says that the apparition belongs to a homeless man ...


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    Palmer College of Chiropractic

    Davenport, Iowa

    22.5 miles from Geneseo, IL

    There is a lecture hall, built in the 1800s, that is said to be haunted by ghosts who fly around the ceiling, making the hanging lamps sway. It is said that there are no air vents, fans, or windows of any sort placed in such a way that would cause ...


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    Scott City Hall

    Davenport, Iowa

    22.5 miles from Geneseo, IL

    An imposing building with a bell tower just begs to have a good ghost story associated with it, and this city hall building is no exception. People claim to see the ghost of a hanged man in the tower at night, allegedly from prisoners who were illegally hanged there. ...


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    Ambrose Hall

    Davenport, Iowa

    23 miles from Geneseo, IL

    At this hall in St. Ambrose University, witnesses have reported hearing strange noises and footsteps late at night. They have also seen flickering lights. Some attribute the occurrences to the spirit of an old priest who died many years ago.


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    Cotton House

    Clinton, Iowa

    28.9 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This historic gothic mansion belonged to a family of barristers, who moved out after seeing the apparition of a woman in white roaming the hallways and ground after dark. Visitors to the house will not go down to the basement alone, which is believed to be haunted by an ...


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    Mercer County Courthouse

    Aledo, Illinois

    35.3 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The courthouse building dates back to the 1890's, and in the 1930's a skeleton was removed from the basement when the interior was remodelled. Ever since, staff have reported hearing footsteps after the courthouse has been locked up for the night, and a woman leaving the building in the ...


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    Hickory Hill Cemetery

    Charlotte, Iowa

    38.5 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Legend has it that the ghost of a little girl doesn't want visitors here at all, and she may point at the gates as if telling you to leave. The sound of crying babies also has been heard here.


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    Abandoned Train Bridge

    Spring Valley, Illinois

    45.9 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Shadow figures have been seen on and around the abandoned bridge that goes over the train tracks in DePue, Il. The sounds of screams, train whistles, and a train stopping have been heard in the location when the train that runs the track is nowhere near the village. Many ...


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    Amboy Pharmacy

    Amboy, Illinois

    46.4 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This old-fashioned pharmacy is haunted by at least seven spirits, according to a visiting psychic. Dating back to the early 1860's, the main haunting here is by a former pharmacy owner who was displeased by recent renovations. Known as 'Steve', he has been known to knock objects off shelves, ...


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    Friendly Cafe

    Abingdon, Illinois

    46.4 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The café is rumoured to be haunted. Employees have been touched by unseen hands, and a woman in a long dress appeared to a former owner in the main kitchen. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Muscatine, Iowa

    47.3 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The Blue Angel is a statue with a legend. Reports say that back in the 1950s, she was thought of as the benevolent spirit of the cemetery, protecting it from vandals. Sometime since then, tales about her have become more sinister. She is said to have once held a rose; ...


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    1875 Decker Hotel

    Maquoketa, Iowa

    50.4 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This hotel was built in (you guessed it) 1875, and is rumoured to be haunted by a prankster ghost who plays with the lights. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Massock Mausoleum

    Spring Valley, Illinois

    50.6 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The Massock Mausoleum stands in a small graveyard called the Lithuanian Liberty Cemetery, and it's the stuff of legends. Locals tell of a Hatchet Man, a scary ghost who guards the cemetery, and the mausoleum door is said to remain warm and has been sealed closed since the 1960s when ...


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    Willow Creek Farm

    Shannon, Illinois

    53.7 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Willow Creek Farm was once the property of William Boardman and his wife Mary, who arrived in New York from England in 1835. Homes for his daughters and their families also were built on the property. It is said to be haunted by former residents and Native Americans; witnesses have ...


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    Ninth Street Pub

    LaSalle, Illinois

    55 miles from Geneseo, IL

    According to local tales, the Ninth Street Pub's ghost is Mrs. Sonnenburg, an elderly woman who lived adjacent to the pub and often complained about its noise. After her death, the owner of the pub purchased her home and made it into a pub addition. A staff member who was ...


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    Kaskaskia Hotel

    LaSalle, Illinois

    55.5 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This historic hotel opened in 1916. Locals tell a story of a young woman who committed suicide by jumping from the top floor in the 1920s, but some will tell you she was pushed by her boyfriend. It is said that employees there would hear the click of her heels ...


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    Peoria Players Theatre

    Peoria, Illinois

    56.5 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Peoria Players Theatre is said to be haunted by a playful ghost named Norman, a former theater director who died in 1960 at age 34, and a more sinister entity whose identity is unknown.


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    Hotel Wapello

    Wapello, Iowa

    56.7 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The old-fashioned hotel, furnished with original antiques, used to be a schoolhouse and a law office. In 1906 the place became the Commercial Hotel, which became the premier place to stay in town after their main rival burnt to the ground. Now a bed and breakfast inn, the place ...


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    Conover Square

    Oregon, Illinois

    57.8 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Conover Square is a former piano factory, now a shopping mall. Built in the 1890's, it is now the home of many haunted happenings. A little girl's spirit giggles in the hallways & museum, loud crashes boom from the unoccupied third floor, and more than one female ...


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    Peoria Public Library

    Peoria, Illinois

    59.7 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Peoria Public Library, according to local lore, was built upon cursed ground. So the story goes, Mrs. Andrew Gray lived in a house here around 1830. Family and financial hardships led to a foreclosure on her home, and Mrs. Gray cursed the property and all of its future owners. Her ...


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    Emack and Bolio's

    Peoria, Illinois

    60.2 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This ice cream parlour is haunted by former owner Jim Schwab, who died after falling headfirst down a flight of stairs. Staff have reported disembodied footsteps descending the staircase, while others have encountered a male apparition on the upper floor. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Stony Hollow Road

    Burlington, Iowa

    60.2 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Spooky tales told here revolve around a ghost named Lucinda. She is said to have committed suicide by jumping off a cliff when her beloved failed to meet her to run away together. There are many reports of people seeing the ghost. Local urban legend also says that if you ...


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    Starved Rock Lodge

    Oglesby, Illinois

    60.8 miles from Geneseo, IL

    At this circa 1900 historic lodge, folks say, reside the ghosts of Native Americans who once fought a battle nearby. Guests have reported seeing a black apparition and strange orbs of light, and they have felt cold spots and experienced doors that open and close by themselves. It should be ...


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    Peoria State Hospital

    Bartonville, Illinois

    60.9 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This abandoned mental hospital, now in the planning stages for restoration, is said to be haunted by Manuel A. Bookbinder, or Old Book. Old Book was a patient who worked with the burial crew at the hospital until his own death.


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    The Drake Bar and Restaurant

    Burlington, Iowa

    66 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This upscale restaurant is housed in a historic building, and staff and diners report that the women's restroom is haunted by a lady in an old-fashioned dress, who has been known to walk through the walls. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Highway 34 Ghost

    Burlington, Iowa

    66 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The ghost who walks along the highway at night is said to be an escaped slave who died in the 1860s of diptheria and was buried in the basement of a nearby home. He carries a leather bag and walks westward on the north side of the road between 1 ...


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    Players Workshop

    Burlington, Iowa

    67.1 miles from Geneseo, IL

    A little theater for performing arts. Actors, actresses and stage crew report theater seats folding down on their own as if someone has a taken a seat. They've also reported cigar smoke smell, and electrical cords winding up in their own. Seems like a friendly spirit who wants the ...


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    Safari Bowl

    Morton, Illinois

    67.7 miles from Geneseo, IL

    You will hear footsteps on the lanes when it is jaut you in there. You can hear pins be thrown across the back of bowling ally when no one is back there. There are dog barking. There is also a little girl that is 8 yrs old that haunts ...


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    Burlington National Guard Armory

    Burlington, Iowa

    68.1 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Horses' hooves and footsteps can be heard late at night, doors open and close by themselves, and one witness reported seeing a reflection of a man with a handlebar mustache in a computer screen, but when he turned around, no one was there.


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    Otto's Place

    Galena, Illinois

    68.1 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This quaint restaurant is haunted by Otto Sallman, the namesake of the establishment. A former tenant and café owner, his apparition has been seen walking the railroad tracks adjacent to the building. The current owners believe he is a welcoming spirit, who simply intends to greet customers to his ...


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    Desoto House Hotel

    Galena, Illinois

    68.3 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The 1855 DeSoto House Hotel boasts such esteemed former guests as Abraham Lincoln and William Jennings Bryan. It was also the presidential campaign headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant, among others. Although the identity of the ghosts here is unknown, many folks have reported phantom cigar smoke, voices in the halls, ...


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    Edinburgh Manor

    Monticello, Iowa

    69.3 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Built in 1908, this building is rumored to be hopping with haunts. It has been a mental institution among other things, and at least 80 people are said to have died here. For ghost enthusiasts, the place is available for private lockdowns.


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    The Ably House

    Scales Mound, Illinois

    70.9 miles from Geneseo, IL

    There were allegedly some murders that took place in this old home, and it is said that the spirits of the dead still remain within its walls.


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    Watt's Antiques and Collectables

    Iowa City, Iowa

    71.7 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This address, at the corner of Muscatine Ave. and Dearborn Rd., is now an antique store that is rumored rumored to be haunted. People are said to have heard footsteps, voices, seen apparitions, and felt patches of paranormal feelings (ex. cold spots, uncomfortable feelings...) A great place to visit for ...


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    Black Angel - Oakland Cemetery

    Iowa City, Iowa

    72.4 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Strange phenomona occur here, seemingly revolving around two statues: the Black Angel and a young girl set on a pedestal. Folks have reported seeing strange lights and the Angel walking about as a glowing shape. It is said that the little girl statue will pick out one member of a ...


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    Moon Point Cemetery - Moon Creek Cemetery

    Streator, Illinois

    72.6 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Moon Point Cemetery, aka Moon's Point Cemetery or Moon Creek Cemetery, is older than the Civil War and legendary with those who like to tell ghost stories. It was thought to have begun as a family cemetery for early settlers Jacob Moon and his family. The cemetery's most-talked-about ghost is ...


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    Super 8 Macomb

    Macomb, Illinois

    72.7 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This Super 8 has been the site of numerous strange happenings. Witnesses say the lights and air conditioning will turn on and off by themselves, doors will open on their own, and mysterious whistling can be heard. Clerks have experienced electrical malfunctions with the phone, such as all the lines ...


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    Currier Hall - University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa

    73 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Students like to tell of a triple suicide that occurred on the 4th floor. The reason? Three roommates fell in love with the same man. It is said that if roommates get into arguments, their ghosts will step in to restore harmony. Rumor also has it that the ghost of ...


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    Slater Hall - University of Iowa

    University Heights, Iowa

    73.4 miles from Geneseo, IL

    It is reported that on the ninth floor a student once jumped to his death. Students say his ghost roams the halls carrying an ax, and footsteps and screams may be heard at night.


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    Western Illinois University

    Macomb, Illinois

    73.4 miles from Geneseo, IL

    Lingering spirits are many at this university! Bayliss Hall, room 1117, is haunted by a former occupant who delivered a baby in secret, threw it down the trash chute, then hung herself in the closet. Cries and moans can be heard in her room. In room 501, a severely depressed ...


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    Riverside Cemetery

    Riverside, Iowa

    73.8 miles from Geneseo, IL

    It is said that many pairs of glowing eyes, belonging to the many graveyard spirits, can be seen by those who drive past.


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    Holy Cross Cemetary

    Anamosa, Iowa

    74.7 miles from Geneseo, IL

    An old hanging tree is said to lie behind the first group of trees in back of this cemetery. Orbs and shadowy figures are reported to appear here; the area is said to be an old Native American burial ground.


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    Captain Merry Historic Inn

    East Dubuque, Illinois

    76.3 miles from Geneseo, IL

    This historic inn is believed to have closed, and may now be a private residence. The building the inn was housed in has a colourful past, and is rumoured to be one of the most haunted houses in town. Reports range from sightings of a woman in a black ...


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    Hotel Julien

    Dubuque, Iowa

    77 miles from Geneseo, IL

    According to staff and guests at this historic boutique hotel, sightings of the apparition of a man in period clothing on the upper floors of the hotel aren't uncommon; and neither are the legends surrounding his appearance. Some believe this spectre is Al Capone, who frequently stayed in the ...


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    Redstone Inn and Suites

    Dubuque, Iowa

    77.2 miles from Geneseo, IL

    The nineteenth century inn was built in 1894 by a man who was forced to jump ship in the town and ended up prospering and owning a wagon empire. Staff and guests nowadays have reported seeing the apparition of an distinguished gentleman, while the owner claims to have heard ...


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