Haunted Places in Golden Gate, Illinois



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    Robin Hill

    Mount Vernon, Indiana

    33.6 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    This historic house, reported to have been part of the Underground Railroad, stands empty and for sale. Since it has stood empty for a period, it is not surprising that it has developed a reputation for being haunted. Witnesses have reported seeing shadowy figures and hearing toilets flushing and other ...


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    Willard Library

    Evansville, Indiana

    43.2 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    The Grey Lady is said to haunt this historic late-1800s library building, and she brings apparitions, the scent of perfume, cold spots, strange noises, and more. The water and electricity are also known to turn on and off, and furniture and objects move by themselves. Ghost tours are held in ...


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    The Old Slave House - Crenshaw Mansion

    Junction, Illinois

    43.7 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Note: This house is no longer a tourist attraction; tours are not operated here now as they have been in the past. Trespassers have been known to be arrested. This residence was once a place where slaves were bred illegally. The attic was made over with stalls to house the ...


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    Crenshaw House

    Junction, Illinois

    43.8 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    This place is closed to the public. It is owned by the state of Illinois and there are numerous No Trespassing signs. You are cautioned not to attempt to visit this place. Crenshaw house was a major player in kidnapping freed and escaped slaves and returning them to ...


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    Oakland City College - Cockrum Hall

    Oakland City, Indiana

    46.2 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Cockrum Hall at Oakland City College was built 1876 and is haunted by namesake Colonel William Cockrum's wife. Legend has it that she hanged herself in the tower. Those who peek into the windows in the night may see doors opening and closing by themselves and a bright orange glow ...


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    King Cemetery

    Dieterich, Illinois

    47.5 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    There are vague reports online about orbs and shadow people being seen here. This cemetery is on private property, so be sure to secure the proper permissions before even thinking about visiting.


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    Blackfoot Cemetery

    Oakland City, Indiana

    50.6 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Blackfoot Cemetery has graves that date as far back as the 1800s and is a hot spot for the ghostly folk, some say. Witnesses have described eerie lights, unexplained sounds, and one grave that appears to be separate from all the others. According to local legend, the grave belongs to ...


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    Violin Annie - Elmwood Cemetery

    Centralia, Illinois

    51.3 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Local legend says that Harriet Anne Marshall (Annie) was an accomplished violinist, and the daughter of a wealthy doctor. She became ill and died of diptheria, and at her grave her parents placed a statue of her playing the violin. It is said that cemetery visitors can hear the violin ...


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    Fife Opera House

    Palestine, Illinois

    54.7 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    David Fife built the opera house around 1900 and is rumored to be haunted. The building was also used for two other business of his: a hardware store downstairs and, as Fife was also a licensed embalmer, a funeral home on the second floor behind the auditorium. In 1935, Fife's ...


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    Cave-in-Rock State Park

    Cave-In-Rock, Illinois

    61.6 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    The ghost story here starts with Samuel Mason, a robber who established a gambling tavern here around 1800. He attracted customers with alchohol, prostitutes and gambling, then robbed and sometimes killed them. Although now the site is known for its natural features, some witnesses have reported hearing moans and cries ...


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    Ramsey Cemetery

    Effingham, Illinois

    61.6 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Ramsey Cemetery, established in 1851 with the burial of namesake Alexander Ramsey, is also known as Casbar Cemetery and is a nighttime teen hangout. Besides the graves, rock shelters and sandstone caves are nearby, covered with carvings from its many visitors. A young man committed suicide inside a chapel that ...


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    The Grand Rose Hotel

    Elizabethtown, Illinois

    63.4 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    At this 1812 establishment with a view of the Ohio River, former owner Sarah Rose is said to linger beyond the grave. Her apparition has been seen walking in the second-floor hallways as well as climbing the stairs. Folks also have reported hearing a disembodied female voice and finding that ...


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    Baker Hollow Road Cemetery

    Marion, Kentucky

    63.8 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Witnesses say Baker Hollow Road Cemetery disappears and reappears in different locations, so it is hard to find. They also describe overwhelming feelings of grief, music playing, laughter, screams, and the sound of something unseen trying to get into your car. Apparitions of soldiers, a ghost dog, and men hanging ...


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    Wynn Cemetery

    Clay, Kentucky

    69.5 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    According to local legend, two witches were buried in above-ground graves at Wynn Cemetery, and there are three trees here from which accused witches were hanged. Visitors have reported strange happenings on the anniversaries of their deaths and sudden temperature changes. Some witnesses have reported seeing a black apparition here ...


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    Riverview Mansion Hotel

    Golconda, Illinois

    70.4 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Now known as The Levee Lounge & Historic Riverview Mansion, the hotel is haunted by Miss Lucy Morse, wife of a former county bank president. Since the 1920's, her friendly spirit has been encountered on several occasions by guests and staff. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Hundley House Bed and Breakfast

    Carbondale, Illinois

    70.6 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Although Hundley House has not operated as a B & B since 2011, former guests claim that double homicide that took place there in the 1928's has left its mark, both literally and spiritually. A bullet hole from the murders can still be seen in the back staircase and people ...


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    Southern Illinois University

    Carbondale, Illinois

    70.7 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Southern Illinois University is reputed to have many haunted buildings; among them are Wheeler Hall, Faner Hall, Anthony Hall, Shryock Auditorium, and Mae Smith Residence Hall. One of the most famous ghosts here is Henry, who haunts the 1918 Shryock Auditorium. Henry, aka former university President Henry William Shryock, died ...


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    Rockport Inn

    Rockport, Indiana

    71 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    This inn was built in the 1850s as a private home, and was one of the first buildings in the area to have glass windows. It is rumored to have been part of the Underground Railroad; it is also rumored to have a ghost. An apparition of the wife of ...


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    Antioch Cemetery

    Sullivan, Indiana

    72.5 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    At Antioch Cemetery, the apparition of a man in a dark suit holding flowers has been seen peering down at a grave on foggy nights at around 1:30 a.m. Visitors in cars also report shadow people flying over their cars and scratching or tapping on it.


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    Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel

    Okawville, Illinois

    73 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    This historic hotel is said to have a great many haunts in residence. Included are a man named Meier, who died in an explosion in the 1880s, and J.W. Schreiner, an owner during the 1890s. At least 7 other spirits of folks who have perished during this hotel's long history ...


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    Bethel Cemetery - Nathan Hinkle Grave

    Shelburn, Indiana

    74.9 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Local legend has it that those who visit the monument and grave of Nathan Hinkle, local Revolutionary War soldier, walk around it and say his name three times, he'll speak to you.


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    Ridge Cemetery

    Tower Hill, Illinois

    75.9 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Ridge Cemetery at Williamsburg Hill is said to be visited by apparitions, eerie lights and a disappearing old man. Phantom crowds and horses also have been seen and heard around the area. Rumors of sinister cult activity surround this place as well, and one report tells of a 3-year-old girl ...


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    Pemberton Hall - Eastern Illinois University

    Charleston, Illinois

    77.7 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    The ghost of Mary Hawkins, a former dorm mother, is said to be the head haunt here.


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    Ashmore Estates

    Ashmore, Illinois

    81.2 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Reportedly a former almshouse, this building was purchased for use as a haunted attraction. It was reportedly haunted by many ghosts, including Elva SKinner, a woman who died in a fire in the former almshouse. The house has been featured in several books and TV shows including Ghost Hunters and ...


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    Lick Creek Cemetery

    Dawson Springs, Kentucky

    82 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    At the small Lick Creek Cemetery, visitors have reported apparitions, glowing eyes, and objects that fade in and out of sight.


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    Grapevine Cemetery

    Madisonville, Kentucky

    83.3 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Grapevine Cemetery reportedly has a statue of an angel that cries blood and a ghost of a young man who committed suicide in after his girlfriend left. Witnesses say if he hears a love song playing from your car, he will scream.


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    Saint Omer Cemetery

    Ashmore, Illinois

    84.1 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    At Saint Omer Cemetery, legend has it that there is a witch's grave. According to the story, Caroline Barnes was hanged by the townspeople for witchcraft. As she went, she cursed the town and vowed to come back for revenge on the anniversary of her death. To trick her, the ...


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    Vigo County Historical Museum

    Terre Haute, Indiana

    86.7 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Formerly the Sage Mansion and once used as a halfway house, the Vigo County Historical Museum is home to some strange phenomena. The front staircase is a hot spot for orbs, and a small mist has been seen as well. Furthermore, a crib upstairs in an area that's closed to ...


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    Devil's Backbone and Bake Oven

    Grand Tower, Illinois

    86.9 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    The Devil's Backbone, a rocky ridge about a half mile long, sits adjacent to the Devil's Bake Oven, a larger rock about 100 feet tall near the river's edge. The formations have been used as landmarks, lookout points and hiding places throughout history. River pirates used it as a hideout ...


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    Indiana State University

    Terre Haute, Indiana

    87.8 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    At Indiana State University's Burford Hall, a ghost named Barb is the spirit of a student who died of alcohol poisoning. Witnesses have heard her vomiting or crying in the bathroom. And in Cromwell Hall is a white cross under a 12th-floor window where a man jumped to his death, ...


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    The Harrison Street Inn

    Sullivan, Illinois

    88.3 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Eyewitnesses report apparitions, footsteps, diesmbodied voices, showers and toilets that work by themselves, and many other strange phenomena at this historic inn.


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    Highland Lawn Cemetery

    Terre Haute, Indiana

    89.7 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Highland Lawn Cemetery has a couple ghostly legends. One is about Stiffy Green, a phantom bulldog. Stiffy Green belonged to John Heinl, a likable elderly man. The friendly dog was named for his stiff gait and bright-green eyes. When Heinl passed away in 1920, Stiffy Green refused to leave the ...


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    C. C. Cohen Building

    Paducah, Kentucky

    90.4 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    C.C. Cohen's restaurant closed around 2010, and is now reported to be called Shandies. The place is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Stella Cohen Peine, the last member of the Cohen family, who died in her apartment upstairs. Chairs move by themselves, salt and pepper shakers fall ...


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    Markle Mill - Old Mill Dam

    North Terre Haute, Indiana

    93 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Markle Mill was the longest operating gristmill east of the Mississippi, and is rumored to have been part of the Underground Railroad, but all that remains of the original 1816 structure are the dam and parts of the foundation. The ghost girl who has been seen here is believed to ...


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    107-1/2 East Main Cross

    Greenville, Kentucky

    97.7 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    The location is believed to have been a hospital in the 1800's. Currently it is a restaurant with apartments above. Before that it was a law office. Family just moved there and have seen a man on many occasions walking through the apartment. Strange noises, etc. ...


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    Anderson Cemetery - Cemetery X

    Taylorville, Illinois

    98.9 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    According to tales told about this cemetery, there is a secret passage that opens up at night, when trees part and a path appears to an ancient graveyard. It's said to be protected by a phantom wolf who chases trespassers. (The cemetery is not to be confused with another Anderson ...


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    Zion United Church Of Christ Cemetery

    Poland, Indiana

    100 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    The spooky sort love Zion Church Cemetery, say locals. The area is a hot spot for unexplained lights and sounds, ghostly whispers, eerie sensations, and the feeling of being watched. Some say a helpful ghost is known to leave the cemetery to stop cars and tell folks to turn back ...


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    Happy Hollow Rd

    Benton, Kentucky

    101.5 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Supposedly Happy Hollow Rd here in Marshall County Ky is haunted by a girl who died this road. If you were to put your car in neutral & let it roll downhill you will see this girls hand prints on your windshield and feel her pushing your car back & ...


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    Port Cape Girardeau

    Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    102.2 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Port Cape Girardeau Restaurant and Lounge in Warehouse Row is housed in a circa-1860 warehouse. It is haunted by an unknown female ghost nicknamed Belle. The bartender who named her said that she showed him she liked the name he gave her. A few days after he thought up the ...


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    Southeast Missouri State University

    Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    102.3 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Southeast Missouri State University's Cheney Hall is rumored to be haunted by a female student who committed suicide in a bathtub. Folks say now the door slams by itself and unexplained noises are heard in the room. The Music Building is also said to be haunted by apparitions and slamming ...


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    Lorimier Cemetery

    Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    102.6 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Historic Lorimier Cemetery from the early 1800s is home to a phenomenon known as the Tapping Ghost. It is a sensation of something tapping you on the shoulder, usually making visitors think a nut has fallen from a tree. The tapping repeats, usually until the visitor gets freaked out and ...


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    Glenn House

    Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    102.7 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Glenn House, built in 1883, is haunted by a Christmas ghost. The mansion was built by Edwin Dean for his daughter Lulu and her husband David Glenn. But banker Glenn lost much of his fortune and they moved out in 1915. The property fell into disrepair until it was renovated ...


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    Rose Bed Inn

    Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    103.1 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Alex is a ghost who haunts Rose Bed Inn, housed in a former home built in 1908. The Schrader Family owned the home originally, and eventually it was put on the market. A young man named Alex expressed interest in the home. He didn't have the money to buy the ...


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    Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery

    Greencastle, Indiana

    109 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    An apparition of a 1950s policeman is said to sit inside the graveyard with a blue light. Other apparitions and phantom dogs with glowing red eyes also have been seen, and a cave said to be on the cemetery premises has many spooky stories attached to it.


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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Decatur, Illinois

    109.6 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    This large and very actively haunted cemetery is known for the ghostly weeping Greenwood Bride, and it's also home to many Confederate soldiers' spirits. The soldiers were prisoners in the Civil War, and died of yellow fever only to be cast into unmarked graves. The soldiers have been known to ...


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    Lincoln Square Theatre

    Decatur, Illinois

    110.1 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    This historic 1916 theater building was built atop the fire-ravaged Priest Hotel that once stood here. It is said that the ghosts of the fire victims still linger in the theater. Red, a former theater worker, is a friendly ghost here. Witnesses have heard his whispers, seen his shadowy form, ...


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    Old Jail Inn

    Rockville, Indiana

    110.1 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    This 1879 former courthouse is now a bed and breakfast inn with a twist; it still retains many of its original features dating back to when it served as the town jailhouse. Guests sleeping in 'cells' have reported disembodied footsteps, a foreboding male voice and sightings of a male ...


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    Avon Theater

    Decatur, Illinois

    110.2 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Staff members at this theater report disembodied laughter, footsteps, missing objects, and voices and applause that come from the auditorium when it is empty. The apparition of a man in his 50s or 60s also has been seen.


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    Cloverdale Cemetery

    Cloverdale, Indiana

    110.2 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    The 1800s Cloverdale Cemetery is rumored to have the graves of seven beautiful witch sisters. Many urban legends center on the sisters, such as that those who walk around their graves seven times by the light of a full moon would awaken the sisters' ghosts, which would chase them away. ...


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    Millikin University

    Decatur, Illinois

    110.4 miles from Golden Gate, IL

    Many ghosts are said to haunt the historic Millikin University, including Rail Girl, who haunts the Albert Taylor Theater. Her ghost appears, as her name suggests, along a rail in the upper part of the theater. Students have a tradition of leaving her three pieces of candy before a show ...


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