Peoria Public Library

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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 curse is said to have come true for all subsequent owners of the property. In 1894, the library was built very near where Mrs. Gray’s house stood, and the first three library directors died under mysterious circumstances. The library was demolished in 1966 and a new one built in its place, but the many ghosts who are said to live here as a result of Mrs. Gray’s curse have stayed on. According to staff, their names are called when they are alone in the stacks and they feel cold drafts and see apparitions of a former library director in a basement doorway.

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Geographic Information

Address:
107 NE Monroe
Peoria, Illinois
United States

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GPS:
40.695103069511546, -89.59229591495387
County:
Peoria County, Illinois
Nearest Towns:
Peoria, IL (0.2 mi.)
North Peoria, IL (1.6 mi.)
West Peoria, IL (1.9 mi.)
East Peoria, IL (2.1 mi.)
Creve Coeur, IL (3.3 mi.)
Peoria Heights, IL (3.7 mi.)
Bartonville, IL (4.4 mi.)
Bellevue, IL (4.7 mi.)
Marquette Heights, IL (5.4 mi.)
Norwood, IL (5.6 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/

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  1. This library is not haunted if you are being watched it’s more than likely the homeless people that hang out there everyday. I live in peoria.

  2. Live in Peoria, was with a friend, and he stopped dead in his tracks in the library, said he saw a kid behind a bookshelf like 2 years ago. Could be true, wouldn’t doubt if its haunted.

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