Haunted Alton

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One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to take a haunted tour and/or explore the supernatural of a destination. A few years ago I discovered the most haunted small town in America. It was pure luck that I met the Alton, IL PR rep at a national travel conference. After chatting for a few minutes I realized that this was a must-visit town. A short time later I was on my way to discover just how haunted Alton really was.

My stay in Alton was fantastic and I heard lots of great stories of different hauntings in the area. There are a number of ghost tours in the area. Plus, last year began haunted river cruises on the Mississippi. The evening cruise includes a 90-minute tour that highlights points of interest along the shore and shares Alton’s goulish history. Learn more at http://www.VisitAlton.com/RiverBoat.

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Haunted Alton tours are available through the following companies:

Alton Hauntings

Based on the book Haunted Alton by Troy Taylor, Alton Hauntings Tours offers an entertaining and spine-tingling trip into the unknown, taking visitors to the most authentic haunted places in Alton. Uncover the eerie folklore, ghostly tales and documented haunted spots on a three-hour walking tour of the city’s most haunted sites. Visitors will see sites that have become nationally known, like the old Alton penitentiary, First Unitarian Church, Enos Sanitarium and many others. The tours have been proven to be popular with ghost enthusiasts and history buffs alike, and nowhere else can you learn as much about the real, haunted history of Alton. Walking tours and bus tours are offered during two touring seasons – Spring & Summer and the Haunted Fall Season. Private tours are also available for groups of 20 or more. Reservations must be made in advance for all tours. For more information or reservations, go to www.altonhauntings.com or call (888) 446-7850.

Alton Haunted Odyssey

Alton’s Haunted Odyssey began in 1992 when Marlene Lewis and Antoinette created the area’s first haunted tour. After Antoinette retired in 2011, Marlene and long-time tour guide Gary Hawkins decided to continue their haunted journey. They now off three different trolley tours that begin at the former Piasa Masonic Temple and takes you through the most haunted parts of Alton including the McPike Mansion, the Alton City Cemetery, Noll’s Bakery and Confectionary Co. and more. Ghost hunters are encouraged to bring cameras and ghost hunting equipment. Dinner tours include a meal prepared by Spirit’s Lounge. For more information or reservations, go to www.AltonHauntedTours.com or call (618) 462-3861.

Mineral Springs Haunted Tour

Interested in taking a Walk in the Dark? Mineral Springs Haunted Tours will guide the way as they take visitors on a walking tour of Downtown Alton followed by an exclusive investigation of all four floors of the Mineral Springs Hotel – a site of murder, suicide and accidental deaths. Cap the evening off beckoning the afterworld through a séance and tarot card readings. Visitors can also sign up for the Cemetery Tours, complete with a wake and procession following the Mineral Springs hearse to the Alton City Cemetery. You can also tour the Museum of Torture of Devices! Walking tours, dinner tours and haunted overnights are available. Prices vary based on tour selected. For reservations, go to www.mineralspringshauntedtours.com or call (866) 465-3205.Even if you can’t make it to Alton, you can still explore their haunted history with their new Haunted Alton app. People share photos through social media channels that are uploaded to the app giving you a look inside and outside the haunted buildings.

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In addition to seeing haunted images you can find a list of haunted tour providers and events. Download the Haunted App for free in iTunes or Android stores by searching for Haunted Alton or by clicking here:  www.VisitAlton.com/HauntedApp

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Eagle Watching in Alton, IL

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Photo: Gene Kunz/Alton Regional CVB

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