Alton, IL is home to one of the most haunted historic properties in the nation, the McPike Mansion. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Alton is not only the ghost capital of Illinois but it’s also considered one of the most haunted towns in America. Nestled in this special town is McPike Mansion. Constructed in 1869, this grand Victorian home, is a masterpiece, whose original owner was Henry Guest McPike. The McPike family lived in this, their country home, until 1936.
Changing many hands, the building has served as the home to Browns Business College and was later owned by Paul Laichinger, who rented rooms in the house to other occupants. The house has not been occupied since the 1950s. Before weather and vandals brought extensive damage to the structure, it was a regal addition to the Illinois town of Alton.
McPike Mansion today is owned by Sharyn and George Luedke who have been trying to nurture this great house back to its regal state. It is readily known today for its hauntings in paranormal circles.
The Luedke's have witnessed and documented its long supernatural history. They believe that the previous owners from centuries ago, are still looking down on them from a window, and whose visitors often report orbs of light that mysteriously appear in photos taken at the house.
Many Psychics and Mediums have felt the presence of what they believe to be the McPike family, servants, as well as some of those who resided in and owned the house since 1936. Found paranormal evidence has indicated that Eleanor and Henry McPike still roam the corridors of their former home. The Cellar has been a focal point of many energies felt in the mansion. All total, it is believed (and even documented with ample evidence) that more than 11 different spirits have been experienced in recent years.
Some paranormal experts have claimed the haunts date back to the property before the mansion was even built, with Native American ghosts. In addition, they believe there is spectral residue from a possible Underground Railroad stop. According to the Illinois Office of Tourism. "Other mysterious stories include servants of the building, a cook in the kitchen, and the strange death of a woman in the bathtub."
Some photos (see in our second Gallery of images below) have captured the mansion's ghostly activity, including orbs, balls of light, even figures appearing in the windows that were not seen by the human eye when the photo was taken.
The McPike Mansion has been featured on Ghost Adventures.
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