Ghost Hunting Is Becoming More Popular Than Ever In Quad Cities
When the weather gets nicer, ghost hunters come out to find the next big spot where they can prove that ghosts exist. Now that things are open again, many amateur ghost hunters start right here in the Midwest since there are so many great spots to "find ghosts."
If you live in the QCA then you're in the perfect spot to track some ghosts and ghouls this year. In fact, Iowa and Illinois see a solid number of ghost hunters every year between Spring and Summer.
Places like Edinburgh Manor are once again open for those who want to explore abandoned asylum.
They have openings starting in July. Their website states,
PLEASE NOTE THAT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO VISIT FOR EITHER THE DAY TOURS OR THE OVERNIGHT VISITS
The building does not have heat or running water. There is electricity. There is a house on site that is used for the bathroom and guests may use that to sleep in. Has fridge, micro, toaster, coffee pot, stove, etc...no beds, but carpeted. Please feel free to bring air mattresses and sleeping bags.
Edinburgh is a bit of a drive from the Quad Cities, however so let's look at some closer spots.
Another well-known spot is Oakdale Cemetery. Graves like "Limb Of Unknown Child" and "Baby Boy Fear" have a long history of ghost stories. locals say If you stand by this section on Halloween night, you can hear the screams of the orphans.
One spot I've been to many times is 13 steps, though I'd recommend making sure you are allowed there first. A few stories and legends that fill this area are that of EVP ghostly voices. Sightings of a red-eye growling dog. A witch that haunts the area, and floating orbs of light. Many of the headstones date back to the 1800s which just adds to the legends.
The "witch" legend comes from an infamous cracked tombstone,
Other Popular Spots
The Black Angel:
Located at Deere tomb in Riverside Cemetery, many say it was struck by lightning, turning it black. Others say that when people visited it they died, though no claim was ever confirmed. The family did take the angle down however due to vandalism.
This one has a few rumors from a bus crashing off the bridge to a mother throwing her baby off the bridge. No matter what people think happened, some say if you stop in the middle of the bridge and put your car in neutral, an invisible force will slowly push you safely across the bridge, or even off it!
Scott County Bell Tower:
A rumor and local myth say that prisoners were hung in the prison's bell tower many years ago. Some even claim you can see a hanging body in the first window of the bell tower at night.
If you are going ghost hunting this year please be safe, and make sure you never tresspass. I hope you catch something!