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Peoria State Hospital - Bartonville Asylum - Bartonville IL Real Haunts

  • 4100 W Pfeiffer Rd
  • Bartonville, IL
  • 309-202-1035
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From 1902-1973 this was the place of a mental hospital, which now continues to stand vacant. There are plans to restore the property.

Many say the property is haunted by Manuel A. Bookbinder, or Old Book. He was a patient who worked with the burial crew until his own death. He would mourn the passing of each person he helped inter in the cemetery. When it came time for Old Books' own funeral, Dr. George A. Zeller who was the physician who led the hospital attested that 400 staff and patients saw Old Book's ghost mourning at his own funeral. They even opened his coffin to confirm his body was still there and it was.
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  • abuse from dr. zeller

    it is said that there was abuse at the old hospital from dr. zeller when it was still running. several people had testified that dr. zeller would run railroad nails through people's feet as a form of cure. there is said to be a lady wondering the grounds in a white night dress, she was one of the victims of dr. zeller. i remember driving past the asylum as a passenger, i looked up at one of the windows and saw a woman who looked to be in her mid 20's with brown hair that reached her shoulders looking out the window out to the cemetery. i have been by there several times, just driving by but never stopping. something has always tried to pull me in towards the cemetery across the way.

    Posted 10/12/20

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    3 out of 8 found this review helpful

  • creepy but cool

    I went here with my dad and we got some good picture and when we looked back at them, we seen what looked like a person (nobody else was there) and I thought it was lowkey really creepy but also cool at the same time.

    Posted 9/11/20

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    Sadly, the building has been demolished.

    Posted 10/16/17

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    9 out of 12 found this review helpful

  • Very interesting

    There is definitely something paranormal going on here. I did the guided tour and a few of the spots we went too definitely had a feeling of some sort of activity was going on. We captured voices and video using the "ghost box" recorder and other investigation tools. I highly recommend this place.

    Posted 3/16/17

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    1 out of 1 found this review helpful

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