Haunted Places in Erie, Illinois



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    Cotton House

    Clinton, Iowa

    15.4 miles from Erie, 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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    Central Avenue Ghost

    Bettendorf, Iowa

    23.3 miles from Erie, 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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    Julia Markham - Death Curve

    Cambridge, Illinois

    26.7 miles from Erie, 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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    Alice French House

    Davenport, Iowa

    26.8 miles from Erie, 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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    Palmer College of Chiropractic

    Davenport, Iowa

    27.1 miles from Erie, 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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    Masonic Temple

    Davenport, Iowa

    27.1 miles from Erie, 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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    Hotel Blackhawk

    Davenport, Iowa

    27.1 miles from Erie, 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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    Phi Kappa Chi

    Davenport, Iowa

    27.1 miles from Erie, 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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    Ambrose Hall

    Davenport, Iowa

    27.2 miles from Erie, 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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    Scott City Hall

    Davenport, Iowa

    27.3 miles from Erie, 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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    Hickory Hill Cemetery

    Charlotte, Iowa

    28.1 miles from Erie, 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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    Amboy Pharmacy

    Amboy, Illinois

    38.8 miles from Erie, 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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    Willow Creek Farm

    Shannon, Illinois

    38.9 miles from Erie, 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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    1875 Decker Hotel

    Maquoketa, Iowa

    41.6 miles from Erie, 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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    Conover Square

    Oregon, Illinois

    45.8 miles from Erie, 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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    Mercer County Courthouse

    Aledo, Illinois

    46.9 miles from Erie, 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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    Abandoned Train Bridge

    Spring Valley, Illinois

    47.1 miles from Erie, 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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    Massock Mausoleum

    Spring Valley, Illinois

    51 miles from Erie, 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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    Greenwood Cemetery

    Muscatine, Iowa

    53.6 miles from Erie, 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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    Ninth Street Pub

    LaSalle, Illinois

    55.2 miles from Erie, 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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    Otto's Place

    Galena, Illinois

    55.2 miles from Erie, 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

    55.4 miles from Erie, 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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    Kaskaskia Hotel

    LaSalle, Illinois

    55.7 miles from Erie, 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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    The Ably House

    Scales Mound, Illinois

    57.6 miles from Erie, 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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    Starved Rock Lodge

    Oglesby, Illinois

    60.8 miles from Erie, 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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    Friendly Cafe

    Abingdon, Illinois

    61.3 miles from Erie, 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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    Edinburgh Manor

    Monticello, Iowa

    63.5 miles from Erie, 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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    Captain Merry Historic Inn

    East Dubuque, Illinois

    64.5 miles from Erie, 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

    65.3 miles from Erie, 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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    Tinker Swiss Cottage

    Rockford, Illinois

    65.4 miles from Erie, IL

    Tinker Swiss Cottage is said to be haunted. Witnesses and paranormalists have heard humming and other children's voices, believed to be because the site used to be a home for terminally ill children. The spirits of the Tinker family are believed to linger in the place as well. Tinker Swiss ...


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    Redstone Inn and Suites

    Dubuque, Iowa

    65.5 miles from Erie, 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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    Grand Opera House

    Dubuque, Iowa

    65.7 miles from Erie, IL

    The haunts at this opera house, built between 1889 and 1890, like to pull pranks. The lights operate by themselves, and cameras and tape recorders behave strangely. Witnesses have also heard ghostly singing from a seemingly empty stage, and apparitions have been seen as well. The ghosts here are loved ...


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    Fischer Building

    Dubuque, Iowa

    65.8 miles from Erie, IL

    There are two ghosts that appear from time to time in the mid-19th-century Fischer Building, according to those in the know. One is a tall man who walks in the basement, and the other is a woman wearing a 1920s- or '30s-style dress and furs who walks around on the ...


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    Hotel Wapello

    Wapello, Iowa

    66.1 miles from Erie, 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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    Coronado Theatre

    Rockford, Illinois

    66.2 miles from Erie, IL

    One night, police were called about a ghostly woman in white who appeared in an elevator at a parking garage. Earlier, witnesses had been confused as to why the elevator kept going up and down with no one inside it. But when the white figure showed up in the glass ...


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    Faust Hotel - Faust Landmark

    Rockford, Illinois

    66.3 miles from Erie, IL

    This old hotel was reportedly remodeled into housing for seniors. The basement used to hold a bar and bowling alley, but it hasn't been used since the 1980s. An eerie presence can be felt here, as well as sudden temperature changes and an overwhelming urge to leave the area. The ...


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    Lucerne's Fondue and Spirits

    Rockford, Illinois

    66.7 miles from Erie, IL

    Although the spirits in the name of this old-fashioned fondue restaurant refers to alcohol, it could also refer to a number of ghosts reported by staff and diners throughout its history. The residence that houses the establishment dates back to 1895, and was formerly occupied by the Utter family, ...


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    Mary Frances Hall - Clarke College

    Dubuque, Iowa

    66.8 miles from Erie, IL

    Called Mary Fran by students, this hall was built in 1924 and is said to be haunted by school founder Mary Frances Clarke. Students have experienced unexplained footsteps in the hall and an uneasy feeling of being watched, and they have seen a shrouded apparition near the chapel. In other ...


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    Matthias Ham House

    Dubuque, Iowa

    67.2 miles from Erie, IL

    No one knows exactly who is haunting the Matthias Ham museum, but ghostly tales abound. People have felt icy drafts in rooms that are closed, objects move and lights turn on independently of any explainable source. People also claim to hear strange noises and occasional whispering. One of ...


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    Peoria Players Theatre

    Peoria, Illinois

    67.8 miles from Erie, 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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    Rockford College

    Rockford, Illinois

    69 miles from Erie, IL

    Several campus structures seem to be inhabited by haunts. Adams' Arch, the only part left of the original campus, rings with the laughter of young women late at night. The Burpee Building and Talcott Hall are each said to be haunted by men who committed suicide. The Clark Arts Center ...


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    Ludlow Mansion - Idle Hour Farm

    Monroe, Wisconsin

    69.8 miles from Erie, IL

    Once part of the Underground Railroad, the historic house is believed to be haunted by former owner Lady Ludlow. Witnesses have seen her apparition in the back hallway and experienced mysteriously floating objects, cold spots and flickering lights.


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    Holy Cross Cemetary

    Anamosa, Iowa

    70.1 miles from Erie, 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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    Peoria Public Library

    Peoria, Illinois

    71.1 miles from Erie, 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

    71.5 miles from Erie, 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

    72.7 miles from Erie, 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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    Peoria State Hospital

    Bartonville, Illinois

    73 miles from Erie, 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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    Blood’s Point Cemetery

    Belvidere, Illinois

    73.2 miles from Erie, IL

    Blood’s Point Cemetery, named after the area's first white settle, Arthur Blood, is said to be a hot spot for the eerie, such as orbs, a vanishing barn, phantom vehicles and a ghost dog that sports glowing red eyes. To add to the spookiness, the nearby railroad bridge was said ...


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    Watt's Antiques and Collectables

    Iowa City, Iowa

    74 miles from Erie, 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

    74.5 miles from Erie, 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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