By Troy Taylor,Lisa Taylor Horton
History & Hauntings of the "Athens of the West"
by Troy Taylor and Lisa Taylor Horton
More than one hundred fifty years in the past, Jacksonville used to be dubbed the “Athens of the West” by way of the settlers who carved it from the prairie land of the Illinois. It was once a spot of upper studying, tradition, background – and hauntings. Over the many years, town has been domestic to 3 Illinois governors, presidential nominees, and holds a special position in background because the domestic of the “Big Eli,” the world’s first moveable Ferris Wheel. It additionally holds a wierd position in America’s supernatural historical past. In 1847, Jacksonville turned domestic to the Illinois kingdom Asylum and sanatorium for the Insane. It was once right here in 1865 younger girl named Mary Roff died below mysterious conditions. greater than 12 years later, Mary’s spirit allegedly possessed the physique of a tender lady named Lurancy Vennum and have become often called the “Watseka Wonder,” a phenomenon that is still probably the most documented supernatural occasions of all time.
Join writer Troy Taylor and Jacksonville local Lisa Taylor Horton as they discover the historical past and hauntings of the “Athens of the West,” probably the most mysterious cities in Illinois. inside those pages, they’ll show the historical past of the hauntings that also linger in Jacksonville and should frequently reveal the genuine tales in the back of the stories which have been a part of neighborhood lore for generations. This chilling quantity contains vintage bills of Jacksonville’s well-known and little-known haunted areas like Illinois university, MacMurray university, The Emporium, Hockenhull development, Dunlap inn, the genuine tale of the Jacksonville Theatre Guild and lots more and plenty extra! It units the checklist immediately on a lot of Jacksonville’s most famed haunts – proving that fact rather is far stranger than fiction!
Inspired by way of the preferred Haunted Jacksonville excursions, this publication tells the tale of ways the town turned so haunted and earned its acceptance as one of many spookiest locations in Illinois. It’s a narrative you won’t quickly forget!
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Haunted Jacksonville: History and Hauntings of the "Athens of the West" by Troy Taylor,Lisa Taylor Horton