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Crying Woman

Alton, Illinois

This house has many active spirits. Sometimes, the sound of a heartbeat crescendoes to deafening volumes before subsiding. Clicking, tapping, and footsteps are also heard from time to time. Most prominent, however, is the sound of a woman crying.

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Dudley says:

December 19, 2005, 11:08 pm

Where is this house? I would like to see it. I have stayed in houses on Millionaires Drive, the real old mansions. Just wanna know.

dan_blockin says:

January 16, 2006, 4:38 am

yeah where is it? is it vacant or what?

Jenn Hansen says:

January 20, 2006, 6:03 pm

Ok…I was born in raised in Alton Illinois…Where/What on earth is Millionaires Drive? I would suspect the house they metion here is the old McPike Mansion…and they have there own website…just do a search with that name. Has anyone heard of Devil’s road in/around Fosterburg road? It was a awsome spooky raod when I was in High School…just wondering if it still had the same rep.

Mike says:

February 12, 2006, 10:15 pm

I went to this place! It was scary as HELL!!! my mother died in the house …. I crapped my pants…..I crapped in my friends pants.

Trina says:

March 14, 2006, 6:11 am

This is for “Mike”, listen man, you NEED therapy.

kirshtian says:

April 15, 2006, 6:43 pm

i agree he does i never heard of this place before but i will research it

Robin says:

April 21, 2006, 2:41 am

If this is McPike Mansion, I have been there on several occasions. I did not hear the sounds mentioned but I did see a small boy. It is a very interesting place.

ican_beyourz says:

May 9, 2006, 6:08 am

i dont go to ghost places because its like *** them haters

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May 10, 2006, 10:09 am

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dolly says:

May 31, 2006, 2:53 am

wow! that sounds scary i live in a really old house, we bought ot from a friend of mine, and tones of people i know at school have lived there and all say its haunted, but ive lived there for 2 years and ive never heard any noises or scene any ghosts. But i dont really beleive in those kinds of things im only on this sight to get research for an assignment.

Rose Penatzer says:

June 11, 2006, 12:53 am

I grew up in alton there are many haunted houses there, Igo to mc pike every year for holloween ,we have a camp out .I have seen many strange things there too many to recount . You must experince it your self .

yougonnabsorry says:

June 20, 2006, 12:39 pm

I’m yrs old and yes the Mc.Pikes mansion is truly documented haunted.They used to give tours of it every halloween but had to stop.My sister in law went with her kids about 3yrs ago and took pics around that place and we seen a woman in the window a man in a suit peeking out at them and a small child couldn’t tell if it was a girl or boy. But yes this is very true paranormal investigaters also went in and have documented things as well.All anyone can do now is walk around the outside of the house wish they would open it up again.

Jerry says:

July 17, 2006, 11:40 am

Yo dawg that is sum messed up dookie in the hizzy, HOLLA BACK!!!

Tia says:

July 28, 2006, 5:53 pm

My Mom went to the McPike Mansion(I live in Belleville, IL) last year and took the tour. First of all Mike.. if you are taking a tour and the house is extremely active and is overwelmed with ghosts then you are not aloud in the house period. So the chances of your mother passing away in the house is very slim. Anyways, she took a lot of pictures of the house and around the house. She caught a picture of a face in the window of an elderly man. If you are looking up the McPike Mansion then here are some websites that may help some of you because it is a very interesting house.

Tia says:

July 28, 2006, 5:53 pm

My Mom went to the McPike Mansion(I live in Belleville, IL) last year and took the tour. First of all Mike.. if you are taking a tour and the house is extremely active and is overwelmed with ghosts then you are not aloud in the house period. So the chances of your mother passing away in the house is very slim. Anyways, she took a lot of pictures of the house and around the house. She caught a picture of a face in the window of an elderly man. If you are looking up the McPike Mansion then here are some websites that may help some of you because it is a very interesting house.

Amy says:

August 23, 2006, 11:26 am

OMG I have been there About 10 or more times and i love this place. The owners are very nice and they know alot about what is going on in there. And yes it is haunted. I read yougonnabsorry and she is right i have taken many pic there and i also had a glowing face of a little girl and a man in the top window of the house. Very Cool!!! I took a pic in front of the house and when i got them back there was a lighting bolt in front of me. yougonnabsorry wright me back that is great.

Amy says:

August 23, 2006, 12:19 pm

I have also been to Mcpike and have gotten some great pic. I also have a pic with a face of a child and a man in the top window looking down on us like he has been waiting for us to get there so werid. If you have any other infor you would like to share that would be great. I live in Belleville, IL so im really close to Alton,IL. The people that own that house are great people for keeping it and dealing with all the stuff that happens there. Do you know if they got anymore remodleing done? Write back

catta says:

October 13, 2006, 1:54 am

OK! That Mike dude is REALLY messed up. Too many chocolate bars? Can we say RITALIN?? Anyway, I am going to Alton soon so maybe I can be scared witless.

Doug says:

October 17, 2006, 2:00 pm

Do you actully think any of this is true. If the house or any house was really haunted let people near it. Every haunted house is fake.

chealsea sederes says:

October 25, 2006, 7:39 pm

How did mokeyface boy die?

chealsea sederes says:

October 25, 2006, 7:41 pm

my first question was about the Lemp Mansion

Sparklydiva says:

October 29, 2006, 12:03 am

I live in Alton, about a mile from the McPike Mansion. I’ve been on a private tour of the house with the owners, a couple of years ago. The house is still in a very deteriorated state. But we did go into all the rooms that were safe to walk in, including the cellar. (Which is creepy as hell by the way. I got the worst sick feeling in the pit of my stomach in there.) The owner told us that many psychics have reported extremely strong activity in the house; and plenty of normal people have seen weird stuff there. There are noises, apparitions, glowing lights, all that kind of thing. The Steve and DC Morning Show spent the night there one Halloween a few years ago, and recorded it. If you get a chance to listen to it, it will freak you out.
NOTE: If you are in the Alton area around Halloween, check out Antoinette’s Haunted Tours. They visit all the haunted places in Alton (including McPike), and there are plenty.

Aunyia says:

October 29, 2006, 7:16 pm

Ive heard about the Mc Pike mansion and I heard it was scary and my cuzin Mark said that he saw a ghosts and he swung on it.


November 8, 2006, 11:13 pm

There is a realy interesting tour in Alton, Illinois. It is at the former Mineral Springs Hotel. We got to go into the sub basement where the swimming pool used to be! The tours also include other area buildings. I have been on several of the tours. They offer walking tours, dinner tours and over night tours. At the end of the tour they offer mini tarot card readings. It was an amazing tour. I strongly recommend checking it out!

Jerry Asbury says:

December 7, 2006, 4:06 pm

I’ve been to the Mcpike Mansion plenty of times. Yes that place is haunted I’ve got some pics & there is a lik skeleton face but it had a chin. I also got a pic of a dog in the window because u might think I’m crazy but a dog does infact haunt the mansion. I’ve took three tours in the mansion I know the owners Sharen & Gorge Ludky I’ve got a good relationship with them. Yes they have got remodleing done. They got a lot of brick work done & alson the front porch roof is off for work. But they are slowy getting the place done it’s going to take alot of money because they want every thing to be the same as is was when it was built. But it will take some time to get done.

Katy says:

March 28, 2007, 12:48 pm

So I used to live in Alton. The house really is there. I was always too young to go into it, but I have been there. I swear on everything that I saw a little boy and his dog looking down at me from the window. It’s a big place. It looks like it used to be a beautiful house. Right now it’s not touring, but the new owners are fixing it up so you can go inside it. Of course, it’s going to take a lot of time, and daylight, to finish this project. I sure as hell wouldn’t go inside that house trying to fix it up. HECK NO.

Stephanie Vail says:

July 3, 2007, 1:11 pm

My good friend and a couple of other people went to this place. She did not see anything when she was there, but she felt weird and like someone was watching her. When she got her pictures developed she called me to come right over. As I was looking at the pictures, there were 2 that had people in it that were not there when she took them. One had a person looking out of one of the upstairs windows. You couldnt tell if it was a man or woman. The second one was the most clear picture that I have ever seen. There was a woman, long white dress, hat on her head, standing next to a girl around 6ish maybe? you can make out her hair, facial features everything, and standing next to her was a dog. I have never seen anything until that day but that made me a believer!

debra says:

August 22, 2007, 4:04 pm

I have been to the McPike two times and both times there was plenty of activity. I can tell you I got a nauseated feeling each time I got close the house. the owners live right next door and Sharon is absolutely sweet and very knowledgeable of the past with this home. Check out the McPike family plots in the city cemetary behind the Lovejoy monuement…very unusual.

The Mineral Springs is VERY active as well. I have actually been walked through in that place. It was a chill I cannot even describe other than someone walking on your grave. It’s a neat building all together…but like everyone says, do the tours. I’ve done Antionettes (right brain activities is the name of the company last I remember) and Troy Taylor who I recomment going to his store, The white chapel printing press. He’s not a psychic, he’s a ghost hunter and a historian. He has written several books and his shop is always open. Great guy and very knowledgeable.

As for the Millionaires’ Rd. I cannot remember the exact name of the rd but this is just a nickname. there are several homes that are back to back on this rd and it’s a bricked rd if I remember correctly (been a while since I’ve been there). It is no where near Alby St. (McPike). It’s an established neighbored of renovated homes in the past 20 yrs..closer to the river front than McPike and on the side of town where the antique shops are.

annette says:

October 4, 2007, 1:04 pm

Alton refers to Millionaires row in two areas of town. one is on the same road as Duke Bakery but north of it by the Parks Dept. The other area is off of State St but in the downtown area. you go up just past Hayner library and turn left onto a side street (actual street names escape me at the moment and I’m at work so I cant look them up) there is a park there and the homes overlook the river. Another area that is haunted is Hopp Hollow Rd/subdivision. there is a confederate cemetery there. I have never been to the McPike mansion but have driven past it. My sister in law who does not believe in ghosts went there with some friends and she felt someone tap the back of her shoulder and there was no one behind her. I have been to the Mineral Springs Mall and also did the tour. I was a little taken back in the old slaughter house area. I did okay until we got to the second old pool area. We used divinity rods and at first nothing was happening and then while standing perfectly still my rods slowly crossed each other and pointed back at me. A friend who was there had a digital camera and saw a white blurb behind me. Freaked me out! There was no lights but a few candles that were no where near me for a reflection and since I was seeing it on a screen there was no developing errors on a pic. We saw several more of these white circle blurs. When we got our photos developed there were weird things on the pictures in the old slaughter room. this room had light bulbs hanging from the ceilings and in the pictures there were what looked like lightning bolts darting out from them toward various places in the room along with hundreds of those white circle blurbs. I had never been more scared in my life.

Ashley says:

October 13, 2007, 4:27 am

I’ve definitely heard of Devil’s Road in Fosterburg. It’s actually Snake Rd, I believe, but the call it Hell’s Road now. That used to be the big thing when I was in High School. So was the Seven Gates of Hell In Collinsville. And I’ve also lived in Alton my whole life and I’ve never heard of Millionaire’s Drive. I’ve never heard of the crying woman either, though.

Amy Remmers says:

October 26, 2007, 1:49 pm

I think I know where it is, It’s a McPike’s Manison. I has been there few times. It’s a huge place. Very creepy I ever had been in. When me and my friends went in there for a tour. We felt some tight in stomach and it’s very unusual feelings. One of my friend felt something pick up her hair really lightly. We had one of our friend who is a medium, she knew what has happened to her and told the woman who was a guider for the tour about this. It was amazing. I would love to go back there and go on some tour. Some people has been talking about haunted hotel in Alton, the old one. They went there to walk through and it was more way creepier. Alton is the most one of my favorite town to visit and lots of histories and all those things.

Sarah & Anna says:

July 24, 2008, 4:46 pm

We were at the mcpike mansion that the previous comment was posted by stephanie veil we were with our cousin keri. she took those pics and as we walked around the were not allowed to go inside..we saw the pics after as well and there was a pic of a lady in a white dress with a child next to her it was freaky..also when we went behind the mansion, the owner had said there was babies buried there that had contated differnt diseases.. and died. and our metal stick things were going was eerrie as s a very intersting place i would love to wander thru and meet up with sum of these ghost..just out of curiosity….Hells rd is in fosterburg. there is so many myths and all the yrs ive traveled this rd i have neer experienced anythign until one nite me and sum frenz stopped to pee at cemetary …all of a sudden sumthing was walking towards our car down the rd it was quite creepy and dark..very got louder and louder the more i looked i was to freake dout to even pull up my pants so me and my lil sis both jetted and flopped back in car with pants undone lol..I m still not sure what it was but it gave us the most weirxdfeeling..freake dme out!

rose says:

August 19, 2008, 8:26 pm

Millionaires Drive is in subdivision off of State Street in Alton. This is where the old and new Olins mansions are. I don’t think you can go back there and look anymore, as they have put up a gate.

David says:

August 28, 2008, 11:42 am

If you want to see real haunted locations in Alton, check out the Haunted History tours offered at WE first offered ghost tours at the Mineral springs and last year got the city of Alton to allow people into the basement of the McPike. We take groups all over Alton to many haunted and interesting locations. As one of our co-founders likes to say, “it is easier to point out the houses in Alton that arn’t haunted, than the ones that are.”

mike says:

September 26, 2008, 9:31 pm

IF you want to see a real scary places that is really is haunted then check out the OLD ALTON PAPER MILL (now is Jefferson/Smurfit Cardboard) its not an active plant but it is still is guarded because the company store stuff there from other plants that are. I used to work there as security and there are some active ghosts especially at night. noises, things moving by themselves, cold spots, things banging around by themselves, lights going off/on, whispers in the dark,etc. alot of guards quit the nightshift because of it!

Lynn says:

December 26, 2008, 5:54 am

I live near Alton and just watched “Ghosts: Caught on Tape” on the Biography channel. It came as no surprise to me that footage of a swirling mist in the McPike Mansion’s cellar was one of few clips not dismissed as fake.

Several years ago, two friends and I took daytime photographs of the McPike Mansion with a non-digital camera. We weren’t trying to capture ghosts, just the beauty of a grand old home. When the pictures came back from Walgreens, they contained an obvious mist that had not been visible to any of us at the time. It looked like white smoke at the rear left of the house in the first shot. In each subsequent picture, it got larger, closer to the foreground and further away from the house’s foundation. We were amazed and wondered if some entity had come out to greet us…or chase us away. The resident spirit there is not rumored to be kindly, so proceed with caution if you visit.

There is one other building in Alton I would testify is haunted. At the Enos Apartments near downtown, I saw two doors open on their own and received many “psychic impressions” for lack of a better term. There are tunnels underneath it from the Underground Railroad, and it was a sanitarium of some sort in the early 20th century.

Millionaire’s Row is technically in Godfrey, not Alton, and consists of many posh mansions and ridiculously overpriced land. I’ve never been inside one or heard of any hauntings, but older homes and rich families do tend to reek with drama. If anyone wants to check that area out, the trick is to avoid the guarded gate by going a block or two to the left or right and proceeding back toward the water.

Please drop me a note at if you’d like to chat about paranormal phenomena in the greater St. Louis area.

craig says:

June 19, 2009, 4:13 pm

i am in alton right now, born here and raised here. mcpike mansion is well documented yet there are many many haunted places in alton. the old prison is one haunted place. mineral springs is VERY haunted, the jasmine lady is very active there along with other ghosts. they say that alton is so haunted as when they tore down the prison they used a lot of the bricks to pave many of downtown altons streets which supposedly spread the spirits around town. the prison was a miserable, cruel place and many prisoners are buried right under the road that is there now. there is a small piece of the corner of the prison there today. if you are into ghosts, altons a good place! i worked in a motorcycle shop that was in the old alton tire store on broadway… i had personal experiences there myself and coworkers had many experiences thre, there was a guy named joe that lived and worked there and was killed in the basement by a tire machine mishap, he likes to play tricks but is not evil, if you dont beleive in ghosts i dont kno what to tell ya except that you are small minded. check out alton!

craig says:

June 19, 2009, 4:27 pm

btw lynn
YES the enos house is haunted bigtime. i toured it on the “haunted alton” tour. it was a sanitarium that people were sent to live and die when they contacted a disease of the lungs, tryin to remember the name of the disease but hundreds died there. a lady that lives in one of the apartments now said that doors open n close all the time and hears people talking when no one is there constantly. on the tour they will take u in the basement to the tunnel used in the underground railroad.
funny, when my coworkers and i were talking about things happening at the tire store to a lady that worked down the street she said that was nothing that she had things moving in her office all the time! TIME TO FIND A NEW JOB if it were me. alton is a very historic beautiful river town and anyone interested in ghosts should go there. they say the local paper, the alton telegraph, building is very haunted also. altons full of ghosts!

Melissa W says:

June 24, 2009, 11:21 am

Killion’s Irish Inn in Caseyville is long known to be haunted. From when the bar was purchased from the previous owners until now. Unseen is proud to show the pictures of the apparitions we photographed and the EVP that told us one female ghosts name. There are other strange things that go on. One of the investigators got touched (which ended up being a burn in the shape of a finger it lasted 2 months.) during provoking. The jukebox plays at night, pool balls make noise althogh they don’t move to the eye, people party and a residual of a woman we caught on film is seen sitting at a table appearing to converse with others. The neat thing is the floor in her photo is old wood slats, but in reality the flooring is small square tiles. One apparition floats 2 feet up off the floor. She is in a dress (used to be a dress factory early 1900’s). There is also a video as well. The lady in the ghost dress floats right past our camera and milky white pointed fingers go by as well. All these photos are on our website to view. All our photos are copyrighted and the investigations there continue. This bar is for sale. Complete with real spirits. They are all nice but do demand respect so beware. Unseen Paranormal Research and Investigations.

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maralyn says:

June 30, 2010, 11:33 pm

LISTEN THE GHOST IS REAL I HAVE A STORY TO TELL!!! May 19 2010, my way to go to school is walking so as i walked passed the McPike Mansion to school i saw a tall old skinny man stairing at me from a window just standing there on the secound floor on the left side of the house in the fourth window i ran home and after that i took a new path to school.

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Sarah says:

December 29, 2010, 1:26 pm

AWESOME!!!but kinda creepy

Tracy says:

February 19, 2011, 3:18 am

Would like to know if eany1 knowsif there is eany haunted places in Bellivlle IL ,or eany paranormal groups in the Bellivlle area

Linda Baptiste says:

June 11, 2011, 10:09 pm

haunted house 77 karsten dr. 24A wahiawa old woman ghost peeking out the window. creepy noise coming out of the apartment as you walk passing at night. this ghost maybe got murdered in this apartment.

sam says:

June 3, 2015, 2:36 am

the crying woman isn’t a house, its associated with a bridge on hells road. the bridge is called suicide bridge, and sometimes dead mans bridge, or the dead baby bridge. legend has it in the distant past a young woman with a baby wrecked into the bridge and both where killed. the bridge is located at the bottom of a steep hill, and as it bottoms out it runs almost at a right angle to the road. if you go to fast down the hill it is very easy to wreck into it, which many have.

there are many different versions of the story, most of them involve pulling onto the bridge and turning the car completely off. you will then hear a woman or baby crying, and the longer you stay the louder and closer it gets. other times its the same scenario, but with a heart beat instead of a crying woman/baby. some times its the car will move by itself off of the bridge, and other times it involves being violently rear ended by some unknown force. at rare times the water flowing thru the creek below the bridge will turn red. which is also associated with another story of a young man in the early 70’s that committed suicide buy driving into the bridge. he is occasionally seen near it smoking a cigarette as well.

at various places along the road, not on or by the bridge itself, people have reported seeing a woman appear in the middle of the road and causing drivers to ether wreck or nearly avoid a wrecking. also at various places people have seen a baby crawling very fast across the rode in front of them causing the same outcome. it is believed that it is the woman and baby associated with the bridge. this is just one of many, many creepy stories about that place.

hells road is still one of the areas best kept secrets which is strange because it has some of the best urban legends iv ever heard. its basically the Amityville Horror of roads. in fact in 2004-5 there was talk of it being mad into a movie, but I assume it didn’t pan out.

Carrie says:

June 6, 2015, 6:18 pm

definitely sounds like the bridge on hells road to me. I think the poster is mixing up a few things. some crazy stories about that place for sure. been out there a few times in the 80s. never heard anyone call it devils road though. even the old timers call it hells road. supposable its named after a family that used to live out there way back in the day. didn’t they find a body back there in the 60s or something? oh and Ashley your breaking the rules!

Dave says:

October 29, 2017, 12:17 am

Been to Hells/Snake road many times in my youth. Its just a winding narrow road in the country. I’ve heard the Bridge, Church, Graveyard, phantom truck, guys in robes on 3 wheeler stories..etc. But with all my adventures out there..most are just peer/pot/booze stories that creep you out. The only real tangible experiences were by the locals who get pissed off at punks driving like maniacs and loitering on their roads and property in the middle of the night. (PS) to the guy in 89 who had us blocked in.. thanks for letting us go before the cops got there.

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