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Troy Taylor and the Haunted America Conference – The Big Séance Podcast #59

Interview with Troy Taylor on the 20th Anniversary Haunted America Conference in Alton, Illinois - The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World

Troy Taylor shares his journey from writing the first of 118 books in 1993 to his successful Haunted America Tours and the upcoming 20th Anniversary Haunted America Conference on June 24th – 25th 2016!

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Missouri History and Hauntings – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #23

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Ginger Collins-Justus of Missouri History and Hauntings on The Big Séance Podcast

Ginger Collins-Justus poses with her hearse in front of the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion.

 

 

You won’t want to miss my conversation with Ginger Collins-Justus, owner and operator of Missouri History and Hauntings. Ginger shares some odd tales and little known haunted history of the state that I call home. We also chat about some of the historic connections that Missouri has with spiritualism.

 

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In this episode:

  • Her intuitive gifts and ability to speak with spirits and spirit guides. 
  • Ginger chats about her latest event at Maevas Coffee House at the historic Milton Schoolhouse in Alton, Illinois. The Milton Schoolhouse was featured on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters a few years back.
  • Just before the interview, I give an update on the Third Annual Big Séance Thanksgiving Ouija Séance.
  •  Ginger drives a hearse!
  • Some of Missouri’s history with witchcraft and Voodoo.
  • Some old Missouri legends and ghost stories.
  • Early St. Louis and Bloody Island.
  • Pearl Curran and the fascinating story of Patience Worth.
  • The Fox sisters and their connection to Missouri.
  • The tragic love story of Leona Corder and Jesse Wall.
  • Morbid Mondays
  • Ginger’s upcoming events!

 

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Thanks, Ginger!

 

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A Pictorial Tour of Historic and Haunted Alton, Illinois (Part 2)

Greetings! Here is Part 2 of my pictorial tour of Alton, Illinois. Be sure to check out Part 1 for more sites and photos, as well as information on our day trip to Alton. 

 

Such a beautiful view of the Mississippi River.

Such a beautiful view of the Mississippi River.

 

Another view of the mighty Mississippi.

Another view of the mighty Mississippi.

 

The Piasa Masonic Lodge.

The old Piasa Masonic Lodge building.

 

 

The infamous, but not to be messed with (we had to take the pics while flying down the road) McPike Mansion.

The infamous, but not to be messed with (we had to take the pics while flying down the road) McPike Mansion.

 

The Piasa Bird.

The Piasa Bird.

 

 

The historic ruins of the Alton Military Prison walls.

The historic ruins of the Alton Military Prison walls.

 

 

 

 

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A Pictorial Tour of Historic and Haunted Alton, Illinois (Part 1)

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about a trip I took with a buddy of mine to The Milton Schoolhouse in Alton, Illinois. Visiting that schoolhouse was just a small part of that very memorable visit to Alton three years ago. Since this blog did not exist then, and since I’ve enjoyed my own tour down memory lane, please enjoy some photos from several of the sites on our trip from October 2010. I did my best to include accurate and up-to-date information about each location. CLICK HERE for Part 2!

 

Mineral Springs Hotel

This hotel, now a mall, was completed in 1914 and contained a very popular mineral pool in the lower level. 

 

The Hotel Stratford

The original purpose of this building, completed in 1819, is apparently unknown, but in 1909 became the Hotel Stratford. At one time it was known for lavish events involving high society, and Hollywood even used it in the filming of The Big Brass Ring from 1999. It apparently still housed guests up until 2011, though only on one level, as the rest of the building is apparently falling into disrepair.  See this newspaper article for a better shot of the front of the building. 

 

Enos Sanatorium

I was obsessed with this building and took tons of photographs. I particularly fell in love with the side of the building with the bumped out windows (seen in the second photo below). It was built in 1857 as a mansion, and was specifically designed to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. In 1911 it was turned into a Tuberculosis Sanatorium, and three years later the roof was literally raised and the fourth floor was added. The cupola, used to signal slaves coming from across the river, is apparently still original to the building, though the fourth floor beneath it is newer. It now serves residents as an apartment building and is rumored to be very haunted. I’d love for one of these residents to let me in for some photos and an EVP session. Pretty please?!

 

Grand Theater

This movie theater opened for the first time in 1920, but has been vacant and unchanged since 1977.

 

Kendall’s Cracker Factory

I didn’t know much about the building at the time, but fell in love with its style. As you can see, even though from through the front windows the interior was looking pretty rough, there are plenty of beautiful artifacts still standing, like the decorative glass windows in a few of the photos below. For a history of this building, check out this newspaper article

And no, that’s not a ghostly mist. This was taken through a window.

Again, not a ghostly mist.

 

Alton Cemetery

This cemetery is huge and beautiful. I wish I would have taken more photos. 

 

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