Mineral Springs Hotel is one of the most haunted locations in Alton, Illinois.
Most of the structures within the town, including Mineral Springs Hotel has been created with possessed rocks from the former Illinois State Prison.
Many visitors and ghost hunters say that many of the buildings are haunted by former inmates.
This hotel is not for the faint of heart, and terrifies even the most experienced paranormal investigators.
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 hotel’s 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 1960’s 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. The pools were drained in the late 1960’s and the hotel was ultimately closed in 1971 in a terrible state of disrepair.
The hotel remained closed for most of the 1970’s, but was repurposed by Roger Schubert at the end of the decade as a destination stop for Alton’s then-booming antiques business. History repeated itself when Schubert sold the hotel… and the Mineral Springs Hotel passed through several owners before falling into a second period of decline and disrepair. In 2016, a local businessman bought Mineral Springs and renovations of the grand hotel began again.
The hotel has been the subject of hundreds of paranormal investigations throughout the years. Although there are only three known deaths which occurred in the hotel – two of which were suicides – there are dozens of folklore hauntings which occur throughout the hotel’s many floors. From the Jasmine Lady’s alleged death on one of the hotel’s grand marble staircases to the stories of childlike apparitions in the hotel lobby and pool, including Cassie, Mason and Thomasina, to experiences with spirits known only as Molly and William in more remote areas of the abandoned hotel to sightings of finely dressed gentlemen and ladies strolling around the main pool beneath the lobby of the hotel… stories of ghost sightings and paranormal experiences have been captured by thousands of investigators over the years. Mineral Springs is, undeniable, one of the most paranormally active buildings in the Riverbend area.
Unfortunately, the old hotel ledgers have long since been packed away and lost to time, so tying many of these experiences to history is an exercise in futility. Newspaper articles yield some information, but much of the information about the hotel’s hauntings come from those with faint recollections of the hotel and, more recently, the children and grandchildren of those who stayed at Mineral Springs and, occasionally, elderly former employees of the old hotel. Every so often a former tenant, artist-in-residence, and even a former bartender visit and share their recollections of the grand hotel…. But these opportunities become less frequent was the passage of time.
However, a simple exercise yields some thought-provoking fodder for the number of hauntings in the old hotel. Hotels, schools, churches – places where people have life-changing epiphanies or experiences – are often haunted because of the tremendous energies of those experiences. The Mineral Springs Hotel is no different.
Conservatively, dozens of people stayed at the hotel each night and did so for decades. Realistically, tens of thousands of guests crossed the threshold of the old hotel every year for decades. By the time the hotel closed in 1971, hundreds of thousands of people had the opportunity to experience the grand hotel… and dozens of them left their mark there.
Moreover, in the 1970’s the abandoned hotel was known in some circles as a haven for indigent people – activities which might have occurred in the building are lost to time, but the impact of those activities are felt from the sub-basement water cistern through five other floors of rooms, including the abandoned hotel rooms overlooking Broadway Avenue.
Welcome to the Haunted Mineral Springs Hotel! We have exclusive overnight access to the most haunted areas, including access to the checkered and harrowing basement!
Many people say that the Mineral Springs hotel is built with cursed rocks, as featured on Ghost Adventures.
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?