Mineral Springs Hotel Ghost Hunt
The Mineral Springs Hotel is one of the most haunted locations in Alton, in fact the whole town is believed to be haunted! Nearly every structure, is built from the rock that was from the former Illinois State Prison. Rock is known to store and trap energies. We have exclusive access to all 5 levels including the massive underground basement that is filled with darkness. There are legends and rumors of people getting attacked within this daunting area. Since its creation in 1914, there has been many deaths and suicides. The most harrowing reported death is that of one man that was taking swimming lessons in the pool, he sank and drowned. Some people think that it was a tragic accident, whilst others feel that it was some other force. Full blown apparitions being seen, growls, female screams, disembodied voices and cries for help are just a small fraction of what guests have experienced and witnessed here. With access to the "Dark, Dark" Room many people feel rage, whilst others sense being watched and followed. Others have captured the name "William" on EVP's. Some believe this is a human spirit or while others believe it's something else, mimicking and mocking! Are you brave enough to spend a night in the basement? Location History: The Mineral Springs Hotel, located in Alton, Illinois, was built by two German immigrants. August and Herman Luer, both pork butchers and meat packers, moved to the area in the 19th century and originally settled in St. Louis. After a few years they crossed the Mississippi River and resettled in Alton. The Luer brothers established their initial butcher operations a few blocks away from Mineral Springs, but as their business grew the brothers were determined to build an ice production and storage facility to extend the life of their pork products. The search for a good water source began in 1909 and was centered on the present-day location of the Mineral Springs Hotel. Water was discovered on the site, but it was deemed unsuitable for making ice. Alternatively, the newly-discovered water was found to be ideal for medicinal purposes by a chemist who was, not ironically, hired by the Luer brothers. The Luers shifted their focus from ice-making to using the mineral waters for a purpose which was sweeping the United States in the early 20th century. In Arkansas, in places like Eureka Springs and Hot Springs, grand hotels and spas has been built around natural springs and were quite the draw for those seeking healing from a variety of ailments. Beginning in the fall of 1913, construction of the Mineral Springs Hotel began. By June of 1914 construction was complete and the Mineral Springs Hotel opened its doors for business. The hotel was unlike any structure in Alton at that time, featuring two indoor swimming pools (one of which has frequently been described as the largest indoor pool in Illinois in 1914), marble floors and staircases, ornate glass windows and doors the Mineral Springs Hotel was the centerpiece of downtown Alton. Business at the hotel was brisk. Not only were people flocking to the Mineral Springs Hotel to bathe in the curative powers of the medicinal spring water, but they also enjoyed the top-notch amenities of the grand hotel Mineral Springs was the place to see, and be seen! As news of the hotels medicinal waters began to spread, so too did the demand for the water. By the end of 1914 the hotel was selling hundreds of gallons of mineral water. The hotel changed hands in 1926 and continued to thrive under new ownership for decades. Unfortunately, time and a changing economic landscape began to conspire against the Mineral Springs Hotel. By the 1960s the region was no longer the industrial powerhouse it had been prior to and through World War Two additionally, the interstate commerce system has been built. As a result, less and less people visited Alton and those who did no longer desired to stay in the grand downtown hotel. Instead they opted for motels adjacent to interstates.
Cost: 129 - 129 USD
301 East Broadway
Alton, IL 62002