Peoria State Hospital

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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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    Geographic Information

    Off Constitution Dr.
    Bartonville, Illinois
    United States
    40.638295543657875, -89.66125971081055
    Peoria County, Illinois
    Nearest Towns:
    Bartonville, IL (0.8 mi.)
    Bellevue, IL (2.7 mi.)
    North Pekin, IL (3.2 mi.)
    West Peoria, IL (3.8 mi.)
    Creve Coeur, IL (4.0 mi.)
    Marquette Heights, IL (4.0 mi.)
    Norwood, IL (4.4 mi.)
    East Peoria, IL (4.8 mi.)
    Peoria, IL (5.2 mi.)
    Pekin, IL (5.6 mi.)


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    1. This place is absolutely haunted. I’ve been there 7 times and had personal expereinces and also EVP’s of knocks, footsteps, kid’s screaming, all kinds of things. everybody should go all nighter if they really want to get best of the building.

      • the child you hear  |  

        You are correct. You DO hear child screams don’t you? You hear footsteps. That was most likely HIM. You know what I mean by HIM. Don’t you? YOU SHOULD ILL BE BACK

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