MCPIKE MANSION

(Mount Lookout)

2018 Alby Street, Alton, IL

(618) 830-2179

Status: Former Residence; Formerly Abandoned;  Famous Haunted House

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History

Construction was begun on the manor in 1869 for Henry Guest McPike. He would name the 16 room mansion and 15 acre estate Mount Lookout as it was built on one of the highest points in Alton.

In 1925 the house was purchased by Peter Laichinger who moved in and rented out the extra rooms. Laichinger would pass away in 1945 leaving the mansion empty and abandoned. It was originally planned to demolish it and build a shopping mall but zoning issues put an end to that.

Being named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 kept the house standing but still abandoned. The house suffered terribly from neglect and vandalism – plus the elements – until Sharon and George Luedke bought it at auction in 1994.

Their original plan was to convert into a hotel with State or Federal Grants. When the Grants failed to come through the Luedkes were left to refurbish the house on their own. They now give tours and allow paranormal investigations via donations given to fix the house.

 

Paranormal Activity

This location is considered one of the most haunted places in the State in a town considered to be the most haunted in the entire State. Eleven ghosts have been identified in the house.

Stories of paranormal activity date back to when it functioned as a guest house meaning, remarkably, it was haunted before some of its ghosts now had passed away. Many believe the haunting dates back to before the house was even built with an Indigenous person’s ghost still sometimes seen.

Former owner, Peter Laichinger, is seen standing in the windows looking outside. He tends to disappear once he is seen. Other apparitions have been seen in the house's windows as well.

Large amounts of energy pour out of the cellar. Mediums have sensed the energy of the original owner of the house: Henry McPike.

The phantom sounds of children laughing and playing – this dates back to the early 20th century.

The phantom smell of lilac perfume thought to be related to a former servant Sarah Wells. This is most common on the third floor.

Other Activity: phantom sounds of metal doors being scraped on the floor; touches, tugs and pulls by unseen entities; light anomalies; mysterious mists; shadowy figures and figures outlined in light appearing in photos and feelings of being watched and not being alone.