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Haunted Alton...History haunts us, and it is definitely haunting Alton, Illinois, "One of the Most Haunted Small Towns in America."

A sordid past of murder, war, death and destruction has led to Alton’s haunted present.  Through the years, many travelers have investigated and inquired about the unexplained happenings and psychic phenomena found throughout Alton.  Several locations that are noted to be extremely haunted, including the infamous McPike Mansion and Milton School, have been featured on television shows on the Travel Channel and Syfy Channel.

Many blame limestone rock for so much paranormal activity in Alton. Most of Alton either sits on limestone or has neighborhoods with houses built with pieces of limestone. It is this limestone that is said to retain the psychic residue of events that can still be experienced today.

Check out the Haunted Alton brochure for more details on what makes Alton so haunted, some of our favorite haunts and information on our haunted tour providers.  

MORE: Download our Haunted Alton app to share your own haunted photos!


Alton's Most Haunted House...the notorious McPike Mansion has been featured on several television shows and investigated by numerous paranormal investigators who have found the haunting of the McPike Mansion to be authentic.

The house was built in 1869 by architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger. The original owner of the Mansion was Henry Guest McPike.

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 grounds are often visited by ghost hunters and haunted tour groups in the area.

It is not uncommon to find in photos of the mansion, orbs, balls of light, even figures appearing in the windows that were not seen by the human eye when the photo was taken.

This Grand Ole House is thought to still house many of the spirits that once lived here.  Many Psychics and Mediums have felt the presence of what they believe to be McPike family, servants, as well as some of those who resided in and owned the house since 1936.

The Cellar has been a focal point of many energies felt in the mansion


We also have Haunted Cruises on the Mississippi River. The newest haunted tour is a cruise on a 49-passenger excursion boat from Grafton River Adventures. This ghostly tour will last 90 minutes with a tour guide pointing out haunted locations along the Mississippi River and providing details as to what makes Alton so haunted. Stories include traumatic events such as the murder of Elijah Lovejoy, the city being the home of the old prison that housed thousands of Confederate soldiers, Alton’s ties to Al Capone’s boat and more.

Boarding is at the Alton Marina. The excursion boat is an all-weather, 53-foot, 49-passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat. There is seating and cafe tables on both the upper and the lower decks. The first level of the boat is fully enclosed with large windows and is seasonally air-conditioned and heated. The upper deck is a huge open air patio offering 360 degree views of the river, bluffs, islands and historical points of interest along the way, perfect to see all the haunted sites along the mighty Mississippi River. 

Haunted Tour Providers:
In order to truly experience Haunted Alton, we would invite you to contact our various haunted tour providers to take you in the trenches with stories and hunts for Alton's hauntings.

Alton Haunted Odyssey
Alton's Haunted Odyssey began in 1992 when Marlene Lewis and Antoinette created the area's first haunted tour. They now offer three different trolley tours that begin at My Just Desserts and takes you through the most haunted parts of Alton including the McPike Mansion, the Alton City Cemetery, Jacoby Arts Center and more. For more info or reservations, go to AltonHauntedTours.com or call (618) 462-3861.

Alton Hauntings
Based on the book Haunted Alton by Troy Taylor, Alton Hauntings Tours offers an entertaining and spine-tingling trip into the unknown. Visitors will see sites that have become nationally known, like the old Alton penitentiary, First Unitarian Church, Enos Sanitarium and others. Nowhere else can you learn as much about the real, haunted history of Alton. Private tours are also available for groups of 20 or more. Reservations must be made in advance for all tours. For more info or reservations, go to AltonHauntings.com.

Mineral Springs Haunted Tours
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.  You can also tour the Museum of Torture of Devices! Prices vary based on tour selected. For reservations, go to MineralSpringsHauntedTours.com.



Click here for a list of other touring options (non-haunted) along the Meeting of the Great Rivers all around Alton.