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The American Heartland brings to mind rolling fields of corn and grain, apple pie, and …ghosts? For the past several years, Mysterious Heartland has scoured hundreds of books, articles, and websites to find the most interesting haunted and legendary places in the Midwest. With infamous locations like Griggs Mansion, Bachelor’s Grove, Bullock Hotel, and dozens of other nationally-known paranormal hotspots, it was hard to choose the top 10. Never-the-less, we have come up with this list of what we think are the best. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 9/29/2014 10:29:30 AM   Reads: 236   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Wisconsin is a very haunted state, with foreboding roads, abandoned mansions, and bloody brides, but which location will prove to be the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 9/22/2014 10:06:01 AM   Reads: 425   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Although belief in witchcraft has persisted in the American Midwest for nearly two centuries, Mysterious Heartland has found it surprisingly difficult to locate stories of witchcraft in the region. Never-the-less, we have scoured newspaper archives and dusty volumes to bring you some of the most exciting and obscure accounts of conjuring, hexes, and mistaken identity. Which story will prove to be the most compelling of them all?


Posted: 9/15/2014 8:13:41 AM   Reads: 305   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Witchcraft

here are a few places where men fear to tread, places so scary locals have labeled them with names like “Hotel Hell,” “Hell Bridge,” and “Satan’s Tunnel.” Witches, demons, and shadowy entities are said to lurk there. Some are even believed to contain portals to Hell itself. We at Mysterious Heartland have braved damnation to bring you this list. Which will prove to be the most terrifying place of them all?


Posted: 8/25/2014 8:14:25 AM   Reads: 504   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

The Bird Cage Theater at 535 E. Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona, is one of the only surviving buildings from Tombstone’s Wild West days. The Bird Cage Theater opened in 1881 and closed in 1889. In those short years, it gained a notorious reputation as a house of gambling, entertainment, and prostitution. The Bird Cage Theater is also rumored to be haunted with the ghosts of Tombstone’s tumultuous past.


Posted: 8/21/2014 1:16:14 PM   Reads: 279   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Isolated. Foreboding. Dangerous. Lonely roads make a good setting for a ghost story, and there are plenty snaking their way across the American Heartland. But which is the scariest of them all? Mysterious Heartland is proud to bring you our list of the top 10 creepiest roads in the Midwest! Any of these roads makes an excellent spooky night-time trip, but remember, always be conscious of other motorists – especially if they might be of the undead variety!


Posted: 5/28/2014 8:33:32 AM   Reads: 566   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

At Mysterious Heartland, we spend a lot of time crawling around the ruins of some of the most notorious and spooky places in the Heartland. Cemeteries in particular seem to attract a bevy of ghostly tales, but what are the most frightening? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Creepiest Cemeteries in the Midwest!


Posted: 4/8/2014 8:59:45 AM   Reads: 410   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Sometimes perilous and almost always remote, rural bridges have long been a staple of local ghostlore. They are places where ghosts of long-forgotten accidents still roam and phantom voices cry out from the water below. At Mysterious Heartland, we have researched allegedly haunted bridges all over the Midwest, but which one will prove to be the most terrifying of all?


Posted: 3/24/2014 1:19:37 PM   Reads: 354   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Looming out of the prairie, or standing like a sentinel on a quiet street, the old Victorian mansion or derelict farmhouse dominates our nightmares. We at Mysterious Heartland know that every town and city has at least one, but what are the most infamous and haunted houses and mansions in the heartland? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in the Midwest! Note: Many homes in this list are privately owned. Never visit any of these homes uninvited.


Posted: 3/17/2014 9:11:34 AM   Reads: 596   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and an “alpha city” in the global economy. With a population of over 2.8 million, it is the political and economic powerhouse of Illinois. With so many people living and dying here, it comes as no surprise that Chicago would be home to so many ghosts. Entire books (and their sequels!) have been devoted to the ghostlore of the Windy City. At Mysterious Heartland, we have poured over dozens of these stories to bring you the top 10 most haunted places in Chicago!


Posted: 3/10/2014 1:12:48 PM   Reads: 338   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Leaving home and going to college for the first time can be a very exciting and scary experience, especially if your college shares its campus with the otherworldly and unseen. Almost every college and university has at least one legend or ghost story, but which can lay claim to the title of most haunted? After much debate, Mysterious Heartland brings you the Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges and Universities in the Midwest!


Posted: 1/20/2014 1:42:16 PM   Reads: 542   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

If the whole thing was a fraud, and the house was not haunted, what does that say about all the “evidence” collected there by paranormal investigators? In other words, if Black Moon Manor was a fraud, why didn’t every paranormal investigation team leave the place empty handed?


Posted: 1/16/2014 5:41:48 PM   Reads: 526   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

A North American cougar (aka Mountain Lion) has been shot and killed in Whiteside County, Illinois. Cougars all but vanished from Illinois after the 1870s, but have made several appearances in recent years.


Posted: 11/21/2013 3:27:00 PM   Reads: 454   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Cryptozoology

On the night of January 5, 2000, Police in the St Clair County received numerous reports of a triangular shaped unidentified object in the sky. The UFO was reported to be two stories high and about the length of a football field. It was estimated that the UFO was flying at an altitude of about 1000 feet. The UFO sighting drew national attention and a week later a special team of investigators headed by a former FBI agent was brought in...


Posted: 11/13/2013 6:53:32 PM   Reads: 386   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: UFOs

Cassidy Rae is 15 years old and has been using her gift as a spiritual medium to enlighten and help people across the country. She assists in paranormal investigations, provides readings, and speaks at various events about her experiences, para unity, and her double life as a teenage medium. Recently, she has starred in the web series “Dead People See Me.”


Posted: 11/12/2013 5:02:32 PM   Reads: 505   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: People

Between October 25-25th, a crew from Southern Illinois University dismantled one of the few remaining almshouses in Illinois. Known as Sunset Haven, “Building 207,” Vivarium Annex, or just the “old asylum,” this rectangular red-brick building has attracted numerous tales, trespassers, and vandals since its abandonment in the late 1980s.


Posted: 11/9/2013 6:47:58 PM   Reads: 488   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

The Stickney Mansion has long been known as the "house with no corners," but was it built this way for supernatural reasons? According to legend, the Stickneys were spiritualists who believed that ghosts would become trapped in the corners of their home during seances. What Tim Prasil uncovered about this story may surprise you.


Posted: 10/14/2013 1:13:18 PM   Reads: 404   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Larry Wilson shares the details of what happened during his solo investigation of the infamous Sallie House (with pictures).


Posted: 9/24/2013 7:16:28 PM   Reads: 577   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts