NIGHT AT THE ROSSVILLE OPERA HOUSE:
108 North Chicago Street -- Rossville, Illinois
June 29, 2013 / 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Join us for our First Private Ghost
Hunt at this Haunted building -- a 1904 Masonic Temple and Opera House!
Join American Hauntings & Guide Loren
Hamilton for an eerie ghost hunt at one of downstate Illinois'
most intriguing haunted spots -- the Rossville Opera House!
Discover the history and hauntings of this 1904 Masonic Hall and opera house and
find out if the
spirits of the past are still making their presence known in
this building, as so many claim! Spend the
night in search of these restless spirits during a private ghost
hunt with American Hauntings and
perhaps come face to face with one of the former patrons of the
opera house or members of the Masonic Lodge that used the
structure! The evening will include a tour of the
opera house, followed by a ghost hunt that lasts into the early
$40 per Person for this PRIVATE American Hauntings Event!
Here to Make Reservations for this Event!
Rossville Opera House building, and current antique
store, has seen many uses over the years and has a more
than century-long history in this small, Illinois town.
It's original purpose was as a Masonic Lodge, planned in
1903 by Freemasons in the area. Land was purchased on
Chicago Street and construction in the brick building
was completed in 1904. The Freemasons owned the entire
building, with the Lodge on the third floor, but they
leased out the lower floors to various individuals and
businesses until 1947, when the Freemasons moved to
another location in town.
The Opera House was located on the first floor of the
building and began operating in 1904. Local shows and
traveling performers appeared at the opera house during
its first eight years in business, but in 1912, the
owners ran into financial problems and it was closed
down for the next two years. In 1914, the opera house
re-opened and went through its greatest period of
activity, hosting operas, musicals, lectures, plays,
burlesque and even silent films on weekends when no live
performances were booked.
In 1904, the building
was used as a Masonic Lodge and the lower floors were
rented out to the local opera house for shows, plays and
|The opera house remained in
business until 1929, when it closed for good. But during
this period, the building was being used for other
operations -- illegal ones. The farm community around
Rossville provided plenty of product for the distilling
of corn liquor, which was well-received in the city of
Chicago. The liquor was made behind the building and
then packaged on the opera house's first floor. Local
legend has it that mobster Al Capone himself once
visited the place to oversee the transportation of a
liquor shipment from Rossville. When his car broke down,
Capone had it repaired in a local shop.
|The building saw other uses over time.
During the 1930s, the first floor was used as a Ford auto
dealership and after that as a poultry and feed business.
The chickens were kept on the second floor and sold on the first
floor, where the feed store was also located. Around 1945, an
apartment was built in the front part of the second floor. In
the 1970s, a local man bought the property with plans to put in
three more apartments, but only one was completed before the
property was sold again. Today, the first floor is home to an
Over the course of the last few years, reports have begun to
circulate about strange activity at the opera house, from
ghostly footsteps to knocking sounds, whispers, disembodied voices, doors opening and closing, mysterious shadows,
eerie recordings, inexplicable photos and more. Is the opera house as haunted as the
stories seem to imply?? Find out for yourself during our
PRIVATE ghost hunting event!