Alton Cemetery

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Alton Cemetery is said to be haunted by several ghosts. One is a 9-year-old named Lucy Haskell, seen in the vicinity of the Hayner/Haskell monument. Another is a spectral woman in black near the Grandview mausoleum, and a third is minister and publisher Elijah P. Lovejoy. An abolitionist, Lovejoy was shot at a pro-slavery riot in 1837; his ghost is said to hang out near his monument and occasionally manifest as cold spots.

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1301 E 5th St
Alton, IL
United States

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38.8904775, -90.16608099999996
Madison County, Illinois
Nearest Towns:
Alton, IL (1.0 mi.)
Upper Alton, IL (1.7 mi.)
East Alton, IL (3.0 mi.)
West Alton, MO (3.5 mi.)
Wood River, IL (4.2 mi.)
Rosewood Heights, IL (4.4 mi.)
Godfrey, IL (4.6 mi.)
Hartford, IL (5.5 mi.)
Roxana, IL (5.6 mi.)
Bethalto, IL (6.9 mi.)


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  1. I encountered a spirit in this cemetery. He was a young man dressed in kaki pants and red plaid shirt. Something like guys wore in the 50s. He was in the old area on the right side where the island is. I drove down and turned up the other side of the island and he was standing there! There was no way someone could move that fast from one end to the other. I went ahead and laid my flowers on the grave and when I turned around he was gone. I have no doubt he was a spirit.

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