Are you a fan of exploring abandoned locations? According to sources there are many popular spots in Illinois for those who like to check out haunted and forgotten places. Many of these spots are popular enough to have videos and shows about them uploaded and even aired on TV.

Illinois has a lot of memorable places that have gone into ruins over time. Many places either shut down after they passed their prime or were destroyed by a natural disaster.

Today we are looking at a town that has been moved after being "abandoned." Sources go on to say,

On December 14, 1937 the state of Illinois and the federal government approved a plan to relocate the entire community of Shawneetown. This was the first time the federal government had approved the removal of an entire town.

Old Shawneetown 

The first Shawneetown that explores still seek out was built along the Ohio River on Illinois’ southeastern border.

After the major flooding of the Ohio River in 1937, this once-thriving town is currently home to fewer than 300 people. While most of it is forgotten and destroyed, the town was actually rebuilt three miles away and is now called "Shawneetown." You can see more about that here.

Other sources go on to say that the relocation of Shawneetown, the chosen location was on higher ground three miles northwest of the original site. That move began in June 1938 though some refused to leave.

Other Abandonded Illinois Spots

It's always fun to look at these old and popular spots.

Only in your state named 10 of the most popular abandoned spots in Illinois, some of those spots are as follows:

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Henry Mandel/Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley
  • Manteno State Hospital (Kankakee County) - Known for being the site of lobotomies, shock treatments, and other unpleasant procedures, it was in operation from 1930 to 1989, though it was at peak capacity in the 1950s. While the vast majority of the grounds have been demolished or destroyed, a small number of buildings remain standing and provide plenty of content for ghost stories throughout Illinois and beyond.
  • Joliet Correctional Center (Joliet) - Though mostly deteriorated, there are 24 buildings on this campus that had been in operation as a jail from 1958 to 2002.
  • Savanna Army Depot (Carroll and Jo Davies counties) - Located along the Mississippi River, this building was once used by the U.S. military to store equipment for the Rock Island Arsenal, which is nearby. The depot was in use between 1917 and 2000.
  • Cairo (Alexander County) - Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Southern Illinois sits an abandoned town you must visit before it withers away completely. It is currently home to fewer than 3,000 people and is rumored to be haunted. With a tragic and complex history, there's a lot to learn about Cairo, whether you believe in these ghost stories or not.
  • Cahokia Mounds (Collinsville) - Though once a large Indigenous community that thrived, this plot of land has been left to decay since about the 1400s. Visitors can still see remnants of the community and learn how they engineered their way of life.
  • Damen Silos (Chicago) - Built-in 1906, these 15-story grain silos were abandoned after an explosion in 1977, yet enough of its secret tunnels and rail line are still standing. These fascinating silos conjure memories of a long-gone era in Chicago and its surrounding areas.
  • Ashmore Estates - This one is a favorite of mine. Built in 1919, this long-abandoned building has a fascinating history. Following years of use as an almshouse, it operated as an asylum from 1959 to 1986. Today, it is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of residents who once called it home.

All these spots have a long history, and while they are still up today... some may not be for long. Have you seen or been to any of them?

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