Desoto House Hotel

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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, and apparitions of people in period dress who seem to walk, or float, through walls.

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Geographic Information

Address:
230 S. Main Street
Galena, IL
United States

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GPS:
42.414669209793686, -90.4296762049853
County:
Jo Daviess County, Illinois
Nearest Towns:
Galena, IL (0.1 mi.)
Saint Donatus, IA (6.7 mi.)
Menominee, IL (7.3 mi.)
Hazel Green, WI (8.2 mi.)
Scales Mound, IL (10.0 mi.)
Bellevue, IA (10.8 mi.)
Benton, WI (11.0 mi.)
East Dubuque, IL (12.1 mi.)
Elizabeth, IL (12.6 mi.)
La Motte, IA (12.8 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://desotohouse.com/

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  1. I was getting out of the shower in room 334 and heard furniture being moved on the floor above me. The 4th and 5th floors were remived in the 1880’s. It was definitely wood scraping against wood. Someone was talking but I could not make out what was being said. Since both halls and rooms have carpet that was very odd. I asked my roommates if they heard anything and they said no. There was also the overpowering perfume smell that tended to be in different spots at different times in the 3rd floor hall. Just a bit odd experience.

  2. I stayed at the DeSota House a couple of years ago. I can’t remember the room number but I do remember that there was a picture of a doctor during the Civil War. I was sleeping in the one queen sized bed with my husband and young daughter. I was on the side closer to the wall. Suddenly in the middle of the night, I was nudged several times on my back – very hard. I sat straight up, startled because my back had been to the wall – not to my daughter or my husband – who were both fast asleep. I immediately sensed it was a ghost and hid under the covers. I then felt someone sit next to me on the bed. I can’t explain it, but I couldn’t speak or yell out to my husband – I was just frozen. They finally disappeared but I didn’t sleep for the rest of the night. The next morning we took some photos in the room and sure enough there is an orb in each one of them. I told my story to the women at the desk and they weren’t surprised. I could still feel the nudge on my back (it was like I was poked with 2 fingers) for a couple of days after the experience.

  3. My husband and I visited Galena for our 3rd anniversary. We went on Amelia’s Haunted Ghost Tour and then visited the Desota Hotel. It wasn’t until after we returned home that I began looking through the pictures I had taken. I caught amazing paranormal phenomenon and it’s apparent the spirits wanted my attention! Since I was a child, I have experienced paranormal events and the tour intrigued me. I never dreamed that I’d catch an image so vivid as the one attached.

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