Haunts of the White City: Ghost Stories from the World's Fair, the Great Fire and Victorian Chicago

Haunts of the White City: Ghost Stories from the World's Fair, the Great Fire and Victorian Chicago


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At the close of the nineteenth century, Chicago offered the world a glimpse of humanity's most breathtaking possibilities and its most jaw-dropping horrors.

Even as the White City emerged from the ashes of the Great Fire, serial killers like H.H. Holmes stalked the sparkling new boulevards and tragic accidents plagued the factories, slums and railroads that powered the churn of industrial innovation. Ship captains spoke to the dead, while undertakers discovered reanimated corpses no longer requiring services. From posh mansions built on massacre grounds to the drowned quarries of a forest preserve, Ursula Bielski follows the dark undercurrents beneath the electric lights of the World's Fair.

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ISBN-13: 9781467139656
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Series: Haunted America
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 291,456
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ursula Bielski is a Chicago historian and folklorist specializing in cemetery history and the folklore of the preternatural. A respected paranormal researcher, this is her tenth book on Chicago ghostlore.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jeff Mudgett 11

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction 15

The Massacre Tree 21

The Doors of Prairie Avenue 28

An Occurrence at Sag Bridge 32

The Quarries and the Canal 39

The Indian Cemetery 43

The Watchman 49

The Water Stop 54

Quarters 63 58

The Beach People 62

The Missionaries and the Acolytes 65

The Hanging Man 72

The Custom House 76

Room for One More 78

The Soldiers' Lot 85

The Omen 89

The Vampire Hunters 92

The Fort 96

The Old Stacks 103

Ghosts of Englewood and the Curse of H.H. Holmes 106

The Haunted Palace 117

Night at the Museum 126

The Swami and the Storyteller 131

Wild Nights 136

The Wood Walkers 144

The Bridge of Sighs 148

The Head of Belle Gunness 164

The Old Red Ship and a Lady in Black 168

The Great Ghost Panic of 1908 174

The Demon of Lemont 177

Mrs. Jekyll and Hyde 181

The Devil Baby 185

The Haunting of Bachelors Grove 190

The Lake Monster 193

The Loss of the Chicora 195

The Mystifying Silence and the Ghosts of Graceland 199

Philomena and the Merchant Kings 206

The Petrified Nuns and the Ghost of Mother Galway 214

Muldoon 219

The North Shore Road 223

The Boy Who Drank Holy Water 226

The Fire Doors 229

The After-Death Experiments 237

The Poor Farm 240

The Stand and the Jail 244

The Sausage Maker 248

Mediums at Large 251

Notes 259

Selected Bibliography 267

About the Author 269

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